Alessandro Barbero is an Italian historian, novelist and essayist. He won the 1996 Strega Prize, for Bella vita e guerre altrui di Mr. Pyle gentiluomo. Barbero is the author of The Battle, an account of the Battle of Waterloo, The Day of the Barbarians, the story of the Battle of Adrianople, and Charlemagne. He writes for Il Sole 24 Ore and La Stampa, is the editor of Storia d'Europa e del Mediterraneo and regularly appears on television and radio. In 2005, the Republic of France awarded Barbero with the title of Chevalier de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres.