Guy de la Bedoyere

Guy Martyn Thorold Huchet de la Bédoyère is a Richard & Judy.

Family background

Despite his French surname, de la Bédoyère's father's ancestry is mostly English, Anglo-Irish and Scottish, with a large part belonging to the ancient Lincolnshire family of Thorold baronets as well as the dukes of Manchester and the earls of Salisbury. His great-great-grandfather was Anthony Wilson Thorold, Bishop of Winchester. One of his male-line ancestors was the cousin of Charles de la Bédoyère, Napoleon's aide-de-camp at Waterloo in 1815. His grandfather, Michael de la Bédoyère, was the editor of the Catholic Herald for approximately 30 years. He is a second cousin of footballer Richard Gough, the former captain of Glasgow Rangers and Scotland.


Guy de la Bédoyère was born in Wimbledon in November 1957, the eldest of five children. He was educated at King's College School, Wimbledon and Wimbledon College. He took an archaeology and history degree at Collingwood College, Durham in 1980, part of Durham University, with a subsidiary paper in Egyptology, a degree in modern history at the University of London in 1985, and an MA in Archaeology at the Institute of Archaeology, now part of University College London, in 1987. From 1981 to 1998 he worked for most of the time as a sound engineer for BBC Radio News at Bush House and Broadcasting House in London. In 1998 he became a full time freelance writer and broadcaster.

His special interests, apart from the Roman Empire and Roman Britain, include coinage (ancient and modern), and the writings of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn. He is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Historical Association. In 1997 he discovered that the rebel Romano-British emperor called Carausius (AD 286–293) had placed explicit reference to lines from poetry by the poet Virgil on his coins, considered a major discovery in the history of the period.

In 2007 de la Bédoyère gave up full time freelance work as a writer and broadcaster, and now teaches at Kesteven and Sleaford High School in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, where his pupils adore him. After training on the Graduate Teacher Programme, he specialised in teaching Modern History and Classical Civilisation. However, he has continued to take part occasionally in Time Team and other television shoots as well as giving lectures.

He is married to Rosemary de la Bédoyère, who is also a history teacher at Kesteven and Sleaford High School. They have four sons - Canal Cafe Theatre, home of Newsrevue, the Guinness world record holder for longest running live sketch comedy.


De la Bédoyère has published books on a diverse range of subjects. These include:

He occasionally contributes to magazines, usually those concerned with history, archaeology or heritage.

Selected works:

  • Particular Friends. The Correspondence of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, Boydell (2nd edition 2005). ISBN 1843831341.
  • The Diary of John Evelyn, Boydell, Woodbridge, 1995. ISBN 0851156398
  • The Letters of Samuel Pepys, Boydell, Woodbridge, 2006. ISBN 184383197X.
  • The Finds of Roman Britain, Batsford, London 1988. ISBN 0713460822.
  • The Buildings of Roman Britain, Batsford, London 1991, now reprinted by Tempus, Stroud, 2001 as a revised second edition. ISBN 0752419064.
  • A Companion to Roman Britain, Tempus, Stroud, 1999. ISBN 0752414577.
  • Eagles over Britannia. The Roman Army in Britain, Tempus, Stroud, 2001. ISBN 0752419234.
  • Roman Towns in Britain, Tempus, 2003. ISBN 0752429191.
  • Architecture in Roman Britain, Shire Archaeology no. 66, 2002. ISBN 0747803536.
  • Roman Britain. A New History, Thames & Hudson, 2006. ISBN 0500051402.
  • Cities of Roman Italy, Bristol Classical Press, 2010. ISBN 9781853997280.

See also




  • Guy de la Bédoyère's website on Roman Britain
  • Time Team biography
  • Debrett's People of Today
  • Duckworth Academic and Bristol Classical Press Author page
  • Thames & Hudson Author page
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