Historian, biodiversity defender
Adam Zamoyski is an independent historian and author of a dozen books on various aspects of European History, including two Sunday Times best-sellers, which have been widely translated. He speaks several languages and his books adopt a many-sided approach to complex questions such as the birth of nationalism in Europe, the early history of terrorism and, in his ground-breaking study of the Congress of Vienna, diplomatic power-politics. His latest book, Napoleon. The Man behind the Myth, provides an entirely original insight into the phenomenon of the man’s rise and fall. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Royal Society of Literature, and a member of the Advisory Board of Client Earth Poland.
Zamoyski lives in London with his wife, the painter Emma Sergeant, but since 2007 he has been spending part of the year in Southeastern Poland, where he has bought some land. His main concern is to preserve and area of outstanding beauty and biodiversity from the encroachment of farmers using intensive techniques, and rewild his land by planting trees and shrubs in a pattern that allows grazing and cover for a wide variety of wild-life.