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Frank McLynn

Francis James McLynn, FRHistS, FRGS (born 29 August 1941) — known as Frank McLynn — is a British author, biographer, historian and journalist. He is noted for critically acclaimed biographies of Napoleon Bonaparte, Robert Louis Stevenson, Carl Jung, Richard Francis Burton and Henry Morton Stanley.

McLynn was educated at Wadham College, Oxford[1] and the University of London.[2] He was Alistair Horne Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford (1987–88) and was visiting professor in the Department of Literature at the University of Strathclyde (1996–2001)[3] and professorial fellow at Goldsmiths College London (2000–2002)[4] before becoming a full-time writer.



  • Of No Country: An Anthology of the Works of Sir Richard Burton (1990), London: Scribners

Originial works

  • France and the Jacobite Rising of 1745 (1981), Edinburgh University Press
  • The Jacobite Army in England, 1745-46 (1983), John Donald Publishers Ltd
  • The Jacobites (1985), Law Book Co of Australasia
  • Invasion: From the Armada to Hitler (1987), Routledge
  • Charles Edward Stuart: A Tragedy in Many Acts (1988)
  • Crime and Punishment in Eighteenth Century England (1989), Routledge
  • Stanley: The Making of an African Explorer, 1841-1877 (1990), Scarborough House Publishers
  • From the Sierras to the Pampas: Richard Burton’s Travels in the Americas, 1860-69 (1991), Trafalgar Square
  • Stanley: Sorcerer's Apprentice (1992), Oxford University Press
  • Snow upon the Desert: The Life of Sir Richard Burton (1993), John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Hearts of Darkness: The European Exploration of Africa (1993), Carroll & Graf Pub
  • Famous Letters: Messages & Thoughts That Shaped Our World (1993), Reader's Digest Association
  • Fitzroy MacLean (1993), John Murray Publishers Ltd
  • Robert Louis Stevenson: A Biography (1994), Random House
  • Famous Trials: Cases That Made History (1995), Readers Digest
  • Napoleon: A Biography (1997), Arcade Publishing
  • Carl Gustav Jung: A Biography (1997), Thomas Dunne Books
  • 1066: The Year of the Three Battles (1998), Jonathan Cape
  • Villa and Zapata: A History of the Mexican Revolution (2000), Basic Books
  • Wagons West: The Epic Story of America's Overland Trails (2002), Grove Press
  • 1759: The Year Britain Became Master of the World (2005), Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Lionheart and Lackland: King Richard, King John and the Wars of Conquest (2006), Jonathan Cape (Ill. edition)
  • Richard and John: Kings at War (2007), Da Capo Press
  • Marcus Aurelius: Warrior, Philosopher, Emperor (2009), Bodley Head
  • Heroes and Villains: Inside the Minds of the Greatest Warriors in History (2009), Pegasus
  • The Burma Campaign: Disaster Into Triumph 1942 - 45 (2010), Bodley Head
  • Captain Cook: Master of the Seas (2011), Yale University Press

Awards and accolades


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