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The Lady for Ransom
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From "one of the best literary novelists of this century" ("Times Literary Supplement") comes a fascinating novel set in the twilight of the Byzantine Empire. Through the tale of the ruthless nobleman, Roussel de Balliol, his wife Lady Matilda, and Roger--attached to Balliol's force--we receive a vivid and vital picture of 11th-century life. "An extremely gifted writer who can move into an unknown period and give it life and immediacy."--"New York Times,"
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An author hailed on both sides of the Atlantic for his ability to transport readers back to ancient times His fast-paced narratives have an authenticity and sense of place that have seldom been bettered As accessible as Bernard Cornwell, Valerio Manfredi or Christian Jacq yet with the authority of George Macdonald Fraser or Steven Pressfield 'Duggan looks upon the past with a connoisseur's relish of villainy and violence...An extremely gifted writer who can move into an unknown period and give it life and immediacy' New York Times 'Few novelists can touch Alfred Duggan when it comes to re-creating remote corners of historical time and place' Guardian

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Alfred Duggan was born in Argentina in 1903. He was educated at Eton College and Oxford. He worked for the British Natural History Museum collecting specimens and travelled extensively pursuing his job for the museum. From 1938-1941, when he was discharged as medically unfit, he served in the London Irish Rifles and saw active service in Norway. His first book was published in 1950.

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