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Guy de la Bedoyere is author of a widely admired series of books on Romano-British history. He has appeared regularly on the UK's Channel 4 archaeology series Time Team and is well known in the United States for his volume The Romans for Dummies. He lives in Grantham, UK.


"Aptly illustrated and impeccably referenced, with a helpful glossary and appendices... It is an altogether impressive piece of compressed scholarship, a thorough study of its subject as well as an engaging history of imperial Rome."-Allan Mallinson, Spectator -- Allan Mallinson Spectator "This book is a lively and up-to-date history of the Praetorian Guard, the anti-coup divisions of the Roman emperors from Augustus to Constantine. De la Bedoyere tells their story with clarity and panache, and his book can be most warmly recommended both to aspiring tyrants and the ordinary armchair historian."-Peter Thonemann, Sunday Times -- Peter Thonemann Sunday Times "De la Bedoyere, a British historian and broadcaster, has quite properly set this very detailed account, backed with excellent appendices and extensive notes, in the full context of contemporary history... Any future researcher into the subject will certainly begin here."-Peter Jones, The Times -- Peter Jones The Times "This is a fast paced and engaging history of the Praetorian Guard."-Harry Sidebottom, Sunday Telegraph -- Harry Sidebottom Sunday Telegraph "[Praetorian] shows that even popular histories can illustrate the complexity of imperial power... Conveying complexity, without subjecting the reader to the dozens of triple-barreled Roman names that make up the finer grain of imperial politics, has long been de la Bedoyere's metier, as has been the easy charm with which good popular history distinguishes itself."- Michael Kulikowski, London Review of Books -- Michael Kulikowski London Review of Books

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