Frederick Lees was born in 1924 and studied at Liverpool and London Universities. His interest in Arthurian studies began in his university days and his well-known Arthuriad represents many years of research into the early Dark Age period. But the book is enhanced by his personal experience of social ferment, political rivalries and ambitious leaders in situations ranging from the sophisticated modern states of South East Asia through the court life of Malay sultanates to the religious conflicts of the Sudan and the tribal wars of Papua New Guinea. His deep understanding of human motivation has enabled him, on the foundation of Catumandus' memoirs, to transmute 5th and 6th centuries AD Britain from an age of legend into a real world that is both harsh and beautiful. Lees' command of the English language, which at times soars to the poetic, is amply demonstrated in the Annals of the Purple City, a novel of east-west human relationships rich in erotic and mystical elements. It was inspired by a sojourn in the early nineteen fifties in Macao where he studied Chinese. Those elements are also present in the Arthuriad. A trilogy of novels, The Malayan Life of Ferdach O'Haney, encapsulates much of Lees' Malayan experience. His most recent novel, The Rape of Rye, describes contemporary social life in the historic Sussex town where Lees and his wife now live.