The Emperor in Constantinople is hiring mercenaries to repel the infidel. Among them is the ruthless nobleman, Roussel de Balliol and his wife Lady Matilda. His obligations sit lightly upon him; his first priority is to find a fief. Only land will give him the wealth, status and power he desires. It is upon Roger, attached to Roussel's force, that the story is concentrated. Through him we receive a vivid and vital picture of eleventh century life.
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.