Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Ampleforth and St Catharine's College,
Cambridge. He is the author of many books including The Monks of War: The Military
Religious Orders, The Hundred Years War, The Wars of the Roses, Eleanor of Aquitaine
and Henry V as Warlord, Josephus, Masada and the Fall of Judaea (da Capo, US, April
2009), Wings over the Desert: in action with an RFC pilot in Palestine 1916-18 (Haynes
Military, July 2009) and Old Puglia: A Portrait of South Eastern Italy (Haus August
2009). Forthcoming is The Last White Rose: the Spectre at the Tudor Court 1485-1547
(Constable, summer 2010).'