Jasper Ridley was a British writer, known for historical biographies. He was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. He trained and practiced as a barrister, before starting to write. During World War II, he was a conscientious objector and was, by his own account, violently abused while in a detention camp. He served on St Pancras Borough Council from 1945 to 1949, and stood, unsuccessfully, as Labour Party candidate for Winchester in 1955 general election.

Books in order of publication:

Thomas Cranmer1962
John Knox1968
Lord Palmerston1970
The Life and Times of Mary Tudor1973
Garibaldi1974
The Roundheads1976
Napoleon III1980
Napoleon III and Eugenie1980
Statesman and Saint1982
The History of England1985
Henry VIII: The Politics of Tyranny1984
Elizabeth I1987
A Brief History of the Tudor Age1988
Ridley’s Law of the Carriage of Goods by Land, Sea and Air1988
Maximilian & Juarez1993
Tito1994
A History Of The Carpenters’ Company1995
Mussolini2000
Bloody Mary’s Martyrs2001
The Freemasons: A History of the World’s Most Powerful Secret Society2002
Secret Societies2003
The Love Letters Of Henry Viii2013