This is a completely new translation - the first since Victorian times - to bring it into the new vernacular. Linguist Eleanor Merchant, BA (Oxon) MA (Lond), teaches the MRes Latin course at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University of London. She is also writing her doctoral thesis on biography and translation in sixteenth-century Europe. www.eleanormerchant.com
Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466/1469-1536) was a Dutch humanist, theologian and classical scholar. Widely travelled, he lived in England, France and the Low Countries. He prepared important new Latin and Greek editions of the New Testament which were influential for the Reformation. He also wrote Praise of Folly, Education of a Christian Prince, Adages, Colloquies and many other works.
James Aitchesonwas born in Wiltshire and studied History at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he developed a special interest in the Middle Ages. He is particularly interested in the Anglo-Saxon period and the Norman Conquest, a time of tremendous change that proved to be one of the biggest turning points in English history. Sworn Sword was his first novel, and the first in his Conquest series featuring ambitious and oath-sworn knight Tancred. For more about the author and his work visit his website at www.jamesaitcheson.com
Diane Atkinson was born in the North-East and educated in Cornwall and London, where she completed a PhD on the politics of women's sweated labour. At the Museum of London she worked as a lecturer and curator specialising in women's history. She has an MA from the University of East Anglia in Life-writing. She is the author of Suffragettes in Pictures,Funny Girls: Cartooning for Equality and Love and Dirt: The Marriage of Arthur Munby and Hannah Cullwick, whichwas published in 2003.
Brett Battles lives in Los Angeles and is the author of two acclaimed novels in the Jonathan Quinn series: The Cleaner, which was nominated for a Barry Award for Best Thriller and a Shamus Award for Best First Novel and The Deceived. The third book, The Unwanted, will be published in July 2009 and Brett is currently working on the fourth title in the series. His website is www.brettbattles.com