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Conn Iggulden - Author

About the Author

Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today; with UK sales topping almost 3 million, Conn has joined the likes of Bernard Cornwell and Ken Follett on the A-list of historical novelists. Conn’s previous two series, on Julius Caesar and on the Mongol Khans of Central Asia, describe the founding of the greatest empires of their day and were number one bestsellers. An ex-school teacher and adventurer, Conn was the first author to ever achieve a simultaneous no 1 across and fiction and non-fiction charts with Dangerous Book for Boys. Over 7 million copies of his books have now sold globally. Conn lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and four children.

Featured books by Conn Iggulden

Wars of the Roses: Bloodline

Wars of the Roses: Bloodline

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Winter 1461 - Richard Duke of York is dead, his ambitions in ruins, his head spiked on the walls of the city. King Henry VI is still held prisoner. His Lancastrian Queen rides south with an army of victorious northerners, accompanied by painted warriors from the Scottish Highlands. With the death of York, Margaret and her army seem unstoppable. Yet in killing the father, Margaret has unleashed the sons. Edward of March, now Duke of York, proclaims himself England's rightful king.

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Other books by Conn Iggulden

The Gates of Athens

The Gates of Athens

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/08/2020

DEVOUR THE LATEST EPIC TALE OF ANCIENT GREECE AND SUNDAY TIMES TOP 5 BESTSELLER FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EMPEROR AND WAR OF THE ROSES On the plains of Marathon an army of slaves gathers . . . Under Darius the Great, King of Kings, the mighty Persian army - swollen by 10,000 Immortal warriors - have come to subjugate the Greeks. In their path, vastly outnumbered, stands an army of freeborn Athenians, and among them is clever, fearsome and cunning soldier-statesman, Xanthippus. Knowing defeat means slavery lends keenness to his already sharp blade . . . Yet people soon forget that freedom is bought with blood. Ten years later, Xanthippus watches helplessly as Athens succumbs to the bitter politics of factionalism. Traitors and exiles abound. Trust is at a low ebb. Which is when the Persians cross the Hellespont in ever greater numbers to raze Athens to the ground. Facing overwhelming forces by land and sea, the Athenians call on their Spartan allies for assistance - to delay the Persians at the treacherous pass of Thermopylae . . . Featuring two of the most famous battles of the Ancient World - the Battle of Marathon and the Last Stand at Thermopylae - The Gates of Athens is a bravura piece of storytelling in which a people, driven to preserve their freedom at any cost, committed acts both base and noble. Readers are raving about The Gates of Athens: 'What a brilliantly addictive read' 'This author never fails to deliver!' 'Another brilliant historical novel from the master of the craft' 'It's like being on the battlefield' PRAISE FOR CONN IGGULDEN 'The pace is nail-biting and the set-dressing magnificent' Times 'Pacy . . . and packed with action' Sunday Times 'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express 'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror

The Gates of Athens

The Gates of Athens

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2020

Brought to you by Penguin. The momentous struggle between Athens and Sparta as rival powers and political systems will last for twenty-seven years (431 to 404 BC). It will end in the fall of Athens. Filled with cunning political scheming, astonishing military prowess, invasions, treacheries, plagues, ambitions, virtues, and emotions and a lot of intrigue, Conn Iggulden brings to life one of the most thrilling chapters of the ancient world. (c) Conn Iggulden 2020 (P) Penguin Audio 2020

The Gates of Athens

The Gates of Athens

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

PRE-ORDER THE LATEST ANCIENT EPIC FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF EMPEROR AND WAR OF THE ROSES On the plains of Marathon an army gathers . . . 490 BC. King Darius of Persia has brought about a golden age, a world of prosperity and peace. He would make the Greeks part of that greater nation, if they would just lay down their spears and shields - and call him king. The people of Athens have known tyrants before. Instead of kings, they have the Assembly, where each man can vote and be heard. Though a vast empire shakes the earth, they will not give up what they have won. Filled with political scheming, invasions, treacheries, ambition and honour, The Gates of Athens is the story of those who chose to resist tyranny - and by doing so, changed the course of history. PRAISE FOR CONN IGGULDEN 'The pace is nail-biting and the set-dressing magnificent' Times 'Pacy . . . and packed with action' Sunday Times 'One of our finest historical novelists' Daily Express 'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction' Daily Mirror

The Double Dangerous Book for Boys

The Double Dangerous Book for Boys

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Spark your imagination, forge your own adventures and unearth long-lost skills. In this long-awaited follow-up to his much-loved bestseller, written with his sons Cameron and Arthur, Conn Iggulden presents a brand-new compendium of cunning schemes, projects, tricks, games and tales of extraordinary courage. Whether it's building a flying machine (keep your temper with this one) or learning how to pick a padlock (or your own front door, but not someone else's), discovering our forgotten explorers and the world's greatest speeches, or mastering the lauded task of solving a Rubik's cube, The Double Dangerous Book for Boys is the ultimate companion to be cherished by readers and doers of all ages.

The Falcon of Sparta

The Falcon of Sparta

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/03/2019

The bestselling author of the Emperor, Conqueror and The Wars of the Roses returns to the Ancient World with a gripping adventure based on an epic true story. 'HIS FINEST NOVEL TO DATE . . . THE BATTLE SCENES ARE THRILLING' SUNDAY EXPRESS ___________ In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. 401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. But the sons of Sparta are eager to play the game of thrones . . . Battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors. The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity and heroism that was the Ancient World. It is a tale of warring ambition, betrayal and bravery and an extraordinary journey out of exile against the odds. 'The pace is nail-biting' THE TIMES

The Falcon of Sparta

The Falcon of Sparta

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/05/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook CD of The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden, read by Michael Fox. In the Ancient World, one army was feared above all others. 401 BC. The Persian king Artaxerxes rules an empire stretching from the Aegean to northern India. As many as fifty million people are his subjects. His rule is absolute. The sons of Sparta, those whose fathers and grandfathers fell at Thermopylae and perished in the Peloponnesian Wars, work as mercenaries for Persian princes eager to play the game of thrones. When Cyrus the younger, brother to the Great King, lays claim to his father's crown, he does so with an elite army of Spartans at his side. Yet battles can be won - or lost - with a single blow. Princes fall. And when the dust of civil war settles, the Spartans are left stranded in the heart of an enemy's empire, without support, without food and without water. Far from home, surrounded by foes, it falls to the young soldier Xenophon to lead the survivors against Artaxerxes' legendary Persian warriors. Drawing on one of history's most epic stories of adventure, The Falcon of Sparta masterfully depicts the ferocity, heroism, and savage bloodshed that was the ancient World.

Dunstan

Dunstan

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

One man. Seven Kings. England's bloody throne. 'Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story. The pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent' The Times Tenth century England: a divided and broken country of misrule. Yet King Athelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, seeks to unite the kingdom under one crown. By his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury - priest, soldier, visionary and, some insist, traitor - whose task is to steward seven kings through fire, war, murder and fury to see Athelstan's dream come true. But what stain will it leave on his mortal soul? 'Iggulden has created an intriguingly complex saint - flawed, spiteful and unreliable as the teller of his own tale. Through his eyes we watch the story of the making of England' The Times 'Engrossing. Rich in intrigue, with Iggulden breathing life into this remarkable and complex figure who played a vital role in safeguarding a newly united England' Daily Express 'A gripping and glorious legend. Brilliant!' Weekend Sport 'Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times' Star 'Dunstan is a vivid, convincing character' BBC History Magazine

The Death of Kings

The Death of Kings

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/02/2018

The Gates of Rome

The Gates of Rome

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/01/2018

Dunstan

Dunstan

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 18/05/2017

From acclaimed historical writer Conn Iggulden comes a novel set in the red-blooded days of Anglo-Saxon England. This is the original game for the English throne. In the year 937, King AEthelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a great spear into the north. His dream of a kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field and the passage of a single day. At his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit, perhaps enough to damn his soul. His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome - from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan's vision, by his guiding hand, England may come together as one great country - or fall back into anarchy and misrule . . . From one of our finest historical writers, Dunstan is an intimate portrait of a priest and performer, a visionary, a traitor and confessor to kings - the man who changed the fate of England.

Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: eBook Release Date: 09/03/2017

'Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic historical fiction' Daily MirrorConn Iggulden's Wars of the Roses Ebook Bundle contain the following:TrinityStormbirdBloodlineRavenspur

Wolf of the Plains

Wolf of the Plains

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: eBook Release Date: 22/09/2016

The first book in the bestselling Conqueror series featuring Genghis Khan and his descendants. 'I am the land and the bones of the hills. I am the winter.'Temujin, the second son of the khan of the Wolves tribe, was only eleven when his father died in an ambush.His family were thrown out of the tribe and left alone, without food or shelter, to starve to death on the harsh Mongolian plains. It was a rough introduction to his life, to a sudden adult world, but Temujin survived, learning to combat natural and human threats. A man, a small family, without a tribe was always at risk but he gathered other outsiders to him, creating a new tribal identity. It was during some of his worst times that the image of uniting the warring tribes and bringing the silver people together came to him. He will become the khan of the sea of grass, Genghis.

The Gods of War

The Gods of War

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/07/2016

The Field of Swords

The Field of Swords

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/07/2016

The Blood of Gods

The Blood of Gods

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/07/2016

The Gods of War

The Gods of War

Author: Conn Iggulden Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/07/2016