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John Julius Norwich was born in 1929. He was educated in
Canada, at Eton, at the University of Strasbourg and at Oxford,
where he took a degree in French and Russian. In 1952, he
joined the Foreign Service, serving at the embassies in Belgrade
and Beirut, among other posts. In 1964, he resigned from the
service in order to write. He has also published A History of
Venice, A Taste for Travel and two volumes on the medieval Norman
kingdom of Sicily. Lord Norwich, Chairman of the Venice
in Peril Fund, is an active member of the House of Lords.