About author
A historian, a writer, an authority on Central and Eastern Europe, a music buff, a collector, a true Renaissance Man - Prof. Norman Davies is an outstanding academic respected worldwide for his many books about history. He is also an organiser and a participant of many initiatives and debates, often addressing the most critical questions affecting today’s world. At the same time he is a very warm and approachable person. Want to know more? Watch this space!

History is much more than a collection of simple facts and one-sided viewpoints. It is a ceaseless scrutiny of opposing arguments and relationships, a pursuit for source material, a seedbed for the formation of new hypotheses. Historians who are passionate about making sense of the tangled threads of the past also show us how to look at other problems from a broader perspective and in a new light. They help us guide our own way through the perplexities of our increasingly complex world. The most interesting interviews recently given by Professor Davies can be found at our website, here. 

Prof. Norman Davies has received many prestigious honours for his academic work, including honorary doctorates and honorary citizenships. In particular, he has received state honours from Queen Elizabeth II and the President of Poland. However he is also much respected for his active and long-standing involvement in diverse projects or initiatives which extend considerably beyond the confines of formal academia.

Books are not everything - there are now many different ways in which knowledge can and should be imparted, thereby creating a rich collection of complementary sources. We therefore invite you to visit our ever expanding multimedia library of highly interesting films, pictures, and articles.

Pictures have become an integral part of the way we document our history - for ourselves, for others, for posterity, or simply out of pure enjoyment. This website shows the book covers of Norman Davies’s published works, but also some of the most interesting photographs from his private albums. 

History is, of course, Norman Davies’s foremost passion, but he has always pursued other interests with equal energy, particularly artistic and musical ones. He is a true Renaissance Man: in his free time he enjoys collecting  old postcards, reads poetry (especially that of Dante Alighieri), likes to relax by playing the accordion, avidly watches snooker games (his father, Richard Davies, was a particularly gifted amateur player who won numerous prizes), and he is an ardent, lifelong supporter of Bolton Wanderers football team. His frequent travels around the world, as an author and an academic, provide him with the opportunity to discover more for himself about the people and places he visits. 

New Projects
 „History as the master of life”. Cicero’s maxim that history teaches us about life is for Prof. Davies both a guiding principle as well an inspiration to involve himself  in many diverse projects. Much more about these projects – lectures, literary meetings, social debates - can be found at this site.

Very often we ourselves are the best biographers, and our most honest critics – are those closest to us. Prof. Davies’s family and friends are an important part of his life. So we let them speak freely and candidly about him in the book  "70. A Birthday Book for Norman Davies".



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Interviews with Norman Davies

List of Interviews

All my life, I have been intrigued by the gap between appearances and reality. Things are never quite as they seem.


Speech of Sikorski signals a shift in political patterns in Europe

Thursday 13 September 2012 www.polonia.nl Malgorzata Bos-Karczewska