Peter Frankopan
Born (1971-03-22) 22 March 1971 (age 51)
Spouse(s)Jessica Sainsbury
Parent(s)Louis Doimi de Lupis, Count de Lupis
Ingrid Detter de Frankopan
RelativesLady Nicholas Windsor (sister)

Peter Frankopan (born 22 March 1971)[1] is a British historian, writer, and hotelier.

Early life and education

Frankopan is the second of five children born to Yugoslavia-born Croatian Louis Doimi de Frankopan (1939–2018) and Swedish-born barrister and professor of international law Ingrid Detter. His elder sister is Lady Nicholas Windsor.[2]

He attended Eton College[3] and then received a degree in Byzantine history from Jesus College, Cambridge, before getting his D.Phil at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is a senior research fellow at Worcester College, Oxford, and director of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research.[4]

His areas of focus are the history of the Byzantine Empire, the Mediterranean, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Russia, as well as the interdependence of Islam and Christianity. He has also studied Greek literature of the Middle Ages.[5]

Writing career

Frankopan's first book of history, The First Crusade: The Call from the East, was published in 2012.[6] The book received a five-star review from Nicholas Shakespeare in The Telegraph. He called it a "persuasive and bracing work" and said "Peter Frankopan is not yet well known, but he deserves to be."[7] Thomas F. Madden, specialist on the Crusades, seems more critical about the book :

There are today so many histories of the First Crusade jostling for shelf space that new authors are forced to find ways to differentiate theirs from all of the others. In some cases this has led to genuinely innovative approaches; in others, rather awkward attempts at novelty have resulted. This is one of the latter.[8]

In 2015, Frankopan's book The Silk Roads: A New History of the World was published. Writing in the Telegraph, Bettany Hughes praised it as a "charismatic and essential book",[9] while Anthony Sattin, writing in The Guardian, called it "ambitious" and "full of insight but let down by factual errors".[10] Frankopan's follow-up book, The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World (Bloomsbury Publishing), was published in 2018.


In 2002, Frankopan and his wife Jessica opened Cowley Manor, a boutique hotel and spa on a historic estate in the Cotswolds. They have since expanded their hotel chain, which they named A Curious Group of Hotels, to include the Portobello Hotel in London, Canal House in Amsterdam and L'Hotel Paris in Paris.[11] The restaurant in L'Hotel Paris has been awarded a Michelin star.[12]

Personal life

He has served as president of the Croatian Cricket Federation and has played for the Croatian national team.[13] In 2015, he said "That’s the achievement I’m proudest of – playing cricket for my country."[4] He also plays for the Authors XI cricket team with other British writers and contributed a chapter to the book that team members collectively wrote about their first season playing together, The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon (2013).[14]

He and his wife Jessica, daughter of Sir Tim Sainsbury, have four children and live in Oxford.[3] Together, they oversee a £14 million trust funded by her family's supermarket fortune.[12]


  1. ^ "Frankopan, Prof. Peter Doimi de". Who's Who UK. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  2. ^ McCarthy, Fiona (3 November 2006). "From Croatia with love". Evening Standard Magazine.
  3. ^ a b Rukavina, Steve (24 September 2016). "Dr. Peter Frankopan Interview About: The Silk Roads, A New History of the World". Total Croatia News. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b Salter, Jessica (28 August 2015). "The world of Peter Frankopan". The Telegraph. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  5. ^ Lofthouse, Richard. "Turning history on its head: Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads, on following the 'call of the east". oxfordtoday. 2015.
  6. ^ a look inside; paperback versions appeared in March 2013 (ISBN 978-0099555032) and October 2016. (ISBN 978-0674970786)
  7. ^ Shakespeare, Nicholas (3 February 2012). "The First Crusade by Peter Frankopan: review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  8. ^ Madden, Thomas F. (July 2013). "The First Crusade: The Call from the East by Peter Frankopan (review)". The Catholic Historical Review. pp. 544–545.
  9. ^ Hughes, Bettany (15 August 2015). "The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan, review: 'charismatic'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  10. ^ Sattin, Anthony (29 September 2015). "The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan review – a frustrating trail". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Our design Paris: a Croatian prince and Sainsbury's heiress reveal their top design shops in the French capital". Homes & Property. 19 May 2015.
  12. ^ a b Gapper, John (19 April 2019). "Silk Roads author Peter Frankopan: 'We're in trouble in the long term'". Financial Times. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  13. ^ 李齐 (23 October 2015). "The Silk Road - and how it made history -". Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  14. ^ Authors Cricket Club (2013). The Authors XI: A Season of English Cricket from Hackney to Hambledon. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-1-4088-4045-0.