Roger Lockyer

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Roger Lockyer (left) and Percy Stevens
Roger Lockyer (1927–2017) was a historian, author and activist.

He was born in London and studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge.

He was for many years a reader in history at Royal Holloway, University of London, specialising in the Tudor and Stuart periods.[1] His books include biographies of James I and George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham.

Personal life

On 21 December 2005, Lockyer entered into a civil partnership with Percy Stevens, his life partner of 39 years, at the registry office in Westminster.[2] On 26 June 2014 they were among the first couples to legally convert their civil partnership into a marriage.[3]

He died on 28 October 2017 at the age of 89.[1]

Major works

  • Tudor and Stuart Britain, 3rd edition, London 2004, Pearson.
  • James VI and I, 2nd edition, London, 1998, Longman.
  • The Early Stuarts: The Political History of England 1603-1642, London, 1999, Longman.
  • Buckingham, the Life and Political Career of George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham, 1592-1628, London 1981, Longman.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Alice Hutton, "Obituary: Roger Lockyer", BBC News, 4 November 2017.
  2. Dominic Casciani, "39 years of waiting" BBC News, 5 December 2005.
  3. Dominic Casciani, "Together nearly 49 years – married at last after civil partnership conversion" The Guardian, 10 December 2014.