Count Michael de la Bedoyere was born in England, May 16, 1900. He was the son of Comte Yvon de la Bedoyere and Sybil Emily, the daughter of Dr. Anthony W. Thorold, sometime Bishop of Winchester. Count de la Bedoyere was educated at Stonyhurst College, and Oxford University where he received his M.A. From 1928 to 1929, he was assistant master at Beaumont College. In 1930 he taught for a year in the United States at the University of Minnesota as lecturer in philosophy. From 1932 to 1934, Count de la Bedoyere was assistant editor of the Dublin Review, the following year he was editor for the Catholic Herald, and from 1962 until 1968 he edited Search Newsletter. Count de la Bedoyere married his first wife Catherine in 1930. She was the daughter of writer and journalist Algar Labouchere Thorold (1866-1936), son of Dr. Anthony W. Thorold. They had four sons (including Stephen de la Bedoyere, whose correspondence to his father is available in this collection) and a daughter. After Catherine's death in 1959, Count de la Bedoyere remarried in 1961, Charlotte Halbik. They had two sons. Count de la Bedoyere resided in Edenbridge, Kent, until his death on July 13, 1973.
Count de la Bedoyere published many books: The Drift of Democracy (1931) Lafayette, a Revolutionary Gentleman (1933) George Washington, an English Judgement (1935) Sociology: Vol. 5 of European Civilization: Its Origin and Development (1936) Christian Crisis (1940) Christianity in the Market Place (1943) No Dreamers Weak ((1944) Catherine, Saint of Siena (1946) The Life of Baron von Hugel (1951) Living Christianity (1954) The Layman in the Church (1955) Cardinal Griffin (1955) The Archbishop and the Lady (1956) The Meddlesome Friar (1958) The Cardijn Story (1958) Francois de Sales (1959) Francis, Saint of Assisi (1962) Objections to Roman Catholicism (editor, 1964) The Future of Catholic Christianity (editor, 1966).