Born in London, Conn Iggulden read English at London University and worked as a teacher for seven years before becoming a full-time writer. Married with two children, he lives in Hertfordshire. The acclaimed first novel in the Emperor series, The Gates of Rome, was an instant bestseller, remaining in the Sunday Times top ten for over two months. The second novel, The Death of Kings, reached the number one position. The Field of Swords is set to emulate this success.