Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous studies and biographies.
"- 'Mr Seward shows us all the famous sights of those roaring times... and illuminates them with an easy scholarship, a nice sense of detail... and a most agreeable clarity of style.' New Yorker - 'Sharp with political and military sense.' C.P. Snow, Financial Times - 'A well-written narrative, beautifully illustrated, and which takes into account most recent scholarship. It is also a good read.' Richard Cobb, New Statesman