Ancient History

From Bronze Age Hittites to the expansion of the Roman empire, authors such as Harry Sidebottom, Margaret George, Gordon Doherty, SJA Turney, Christian Cameron, and Brook Allen will transport you to worlds beyond reckoning. 


Christian Cameron

Christian Cameron is an historical author living in Toronto, Canada.  He has studied medieval and classical history and languages, is a veteran of the US Navy and teaches historical martial arts, including fighting in armour. He's a passionate reenactor of Ancient Greece and Medieval Italy, and can be found most weekends in one set of kit or another, but it's not all fighting and war; Christian enjoys sewing, cooking, fishing and gardening. And splitting firewood.  And cats.


Christian has published twenty-one historical novels, including 'Tyrant' and 'Killer of Men' set in Ancient Greece, and the acclaimed 'Chivalry' series covering the later fourteenth century in England and Italy.  His latest book, 'Hawkwood's Sword' is out in July and covers the murder of the Black Prince's brother in Italy and the resulting political turmoil through the eyes of an English Knight, Sir William Gold.

Christian also writes medieval fiction, and fantasy under the name Miles Cameron.


Harry Sidebottom

Harry Sidebottom was brought up in racing stables in Newmarket where his father was a trainer. He had a basket saddle on a donkey before he could walk.

He was educated at various schools and universities, including Oxford, where he took his Doctorate in Ancient History at Corpus Christi College. In similar fashion he has taught at various universities including Oxford, where he is now Fellow and Director of Studies in Ancient History at St Benets Hall, and Lecturer in Ancient History at Lincoln College.

His first book Ancient Warfare: A Very Short Introduction was published by OUP in 2004. It got excellent reviews. The Times Literary Supplement described it as “jam-packed with ideas and insight … a radical and fresh reading of Greek and Roman warfare that is both surprising and stimulating.” For The Guardian it was “a boot camp for the brain – a short, sharp shock to the presumptions.” The Contemporary Review dubbed it “a tour de force.” Robin Lane Fox described it in print as “outstandingly good.” It has been translated into Japanese (2006) and Chinese (2007). Translations into German and Greek are in progress.

Away from classical scholarship his other interests include fiction, travel, sport, booze, and women.
Since 2003 he has been a regular reviewer of fiction, especially historical novels, in the Times Literary Supplement. Here he has enthused about Robert Harris and Alan Massie, and probably made enemies for life of Erica Jong and Colleen McCullough.

Since 2006 he has been working on the Warrior of Rome series of novels featuring the Anglo-Saxon nobleman turned Roman army officer Ballista and his Familia which are set in the Roman Empire during the so-called `Great Crisis of the Third Century AD`.

He has travelled widely, especially around the Mediterranean. These trips have varied from the luxury of travelling as a guest speaker on a Cunard liner to a memorable solo journey into Albania not long after the fall of the dictator Enver Hoxha.

All his life he has gone racing, and played and watched rugby and cricket. He was a founder member of Woodstock Rugby Football Club. Recently he has discovered the pleasures of real tennis.


Douglas Jackson

Douglas Jackson is the author of mainly Roman historical novels, such as Caligula and Claudius and the Hero of Rome series, and historical action and adventure thrillers under the name, James Douglas. Recently, he has recently turned his attention to WWII crime novels.

He was born in Jedburgh in the Scottish Borders in the summer of 1956 and educated at Parkside Primary School and Jedburgh Grammar School. He left three weeks before his 16th birthday with six O levels and no idea what he was going to do with the rest of his life. Luckily, a friend worked in the local employment office and got him a place on a Youth Opportunities Scheme.

It turned out to be restoring a Roman marching camp at Pennymuir in the Cheviot Hills and he had a wonderful summer turning turf and dreaming of Romans. Later, he joined his local paper and for the next 36 years worked in local and national newspapers in Scotland, including the Daily Record and the Scotsman. He left the Scotsman after nine years as assistant editor in the summer of 2009 to become a full-time writer. Douglas is published by Penguin Books.