Christopher Hibbert is an historian and biographer. Born in Leicestershire in 1924, Hibbert was educated at Radley College and then Oxford University, before going on to serve as an infantry officer in the London Irish Rifles during the Second World War. He was wounded twice and awarded the Military Cross in 1945. In 1979, he joined Ben Weinreb in creating The London Encyclopaedia, and he has also written books on London, Venice, Florence and Rome, among others. He continues to be published internationally and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.