Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at St Catherine's College, Cambridge. He is the author of numerous studies and biographies.
Karl Shaw has worked as a journalist, in advertising and in marketing. His books include New York Times bestsellers Royal Babylon: The Alarming History of European Royalty and 5 People Who Died During Sex: and 100 Other Terribly Tasteless Lists.
PAUL SIMPSON is the author and co-author of over two dozen non-fiction books including A Brief History of the Spy and The Mammoth Book of Prison Breaks.
Robert J. Strange
ROBERT J. STRANGE is a former Fleet Street crime reporter, a television director, and executive producer of factual documentary series for major broadcasters such as the BBC and C4 in the UK, and the Discovery and National Geographic channels in America. He is the author of books about the sinking of Titanic and the enduring mystery of the missing peer Lord Lucan.
Christopher Summerville is the editor of the critically acclaimed Robinson edition of The Exploits of Baron de Marbot.
Mike Syron was born in 1977 and works as an archaeologist in County Mayo. Peter McCarthy was born in 1974 and works as a journalist in County Waterford. The authors first met when at University College Dublin, where they soon discovered that they shared a fascination with the history of the Second World War, particularly that of the German armoured forces.