Lisa Jardine CBE is Centenary Professor of Renaissance Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge and Jesus College, Cambridge. Lisa writes and reviews for all the major UK national newspapers and magazines and for the Washington Post, and has presented and appears regularly on arts, history and current affairs programmes for TV and radio. She judged the 1996 Whitbread Prize, the 1999 Guardian First Book Award, the 2000 Orwell Prize and was Chair of Judges for the 1997 Orange Prize and the 2002 Man Booker Prize.
Ben Kane was born in Kenya and raised there and in Ireland. He studied veterinary medicine at University College Dublin but after that travelled the world extensively, indulging his passion for ancient history. Now he lives in North Somerset, where he researches, writes and practises as a small animal vet. He is author of The Forgotten Legion and The Silver Eagle and is currently working on the third novel in the series. For more information please visit www.benkane.net
Paul Kenyon is an award-winning journalist who has worked for almost twenty years across BBC News and Current Affairs. In 2005 he was the first reporter to film Iran's secret nuclear sites, making an hour-long documentary which was shown around the world. For four years Paul had his own series on BBC One, Kenyon Confronts which used secret filming to expose corruption in areas as diverse as horse-racing, the Catholic Church and immigration. At its peak it was the most watched current affairs programme on the BBC. Paul currently works on Panorama and he became friends with Justice Amin while researching a two-part story on African migrants for the programme in 2007.