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Sceptred Isle writer Christopher Lee has died aged 79

By on February 17, 2021 0


Historian and author Christopher Lee has died aged 79 after contracting coronavirus.

ee, widely known as the author of the BBC’s This Sceptred Isle radio series, died at his home in Sussex surrounded by his wife and two daughters.

Over a six-decade career he worked overseas as a defense and foreign affairs correspondent and wrote books on subjects such as the Royal Family and British society and culture across the story.

His wife, portrait painter Fiona Graham-Mackay, told the PA news agency Lee had tested positive for the coronavirus after spending time in the hospital.

A statement from his family said: ‘Christopher lived with his wife, the painter, Fiona Graham-Mackay, in their Sussex country house, where they experienced many joyous celebrations with their family, friends and grandchildren. children.

“They both shared a love of the sea and would get away on their boat whenever their professional commitments allowed.

“Aside from his incredible academic achievements, Christopher was known for his kindness, his sense of humor, his ability to forgive at the drop of a hat, and his endless generosity, especially in his willingness to inspire and inspire. ” encourage others to make their own creative dreams come true. . To know Christoper was to love him.

“After a hospital stay where he contracted the Covid virus, he died at home with Fiona, his two daughters Alexandra and Victoria as well as the family dogs by his side and the dozing cat at his feet.”

Lee joined the BBC as a defense and foreign affairs correspondent in his twenties and was assigned to Moscow and the Middle East.

He later traded journalism for academia and became a Fourth Centennial Fellow in Contemporary History and Gomes Lecturer at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

Lee wrote over 100 radio plays and series, but was best known for This Sceptred Isle on BBC Radio 4, which traced the history of Britain from 55 BC. of Queen Victoria.

In 1999, the BBC and Lee extended the program to cover the 20th century and three accompanying books were also published.

Later in his life he served as an adviser to the British Forces Broadcasting Service, which provides radio and television to the armed forces.

In 2011, he edited and published a one-volume abstract of Winston Churchill’s four volumes, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples.


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