John Matthews is an independent scholar living in Oxford. He published his first book in 1980, with Thames and Hudson, and since then has gone on to publish over a hundred titles on Myth, Folklore and ancient traditions. He has worked in the Film industry as an historical advisor and won a BAFTA for his work on the movie King Arthur (2003). He has made a lifetime study of every aspect of the Arthurian legends, from its origins to modern retellings, and recently wrote bestselling work on piracy. Pirates (Carlton/Athenaeum) was a number one New York Times best seller for 22 weeks in 2005 and was translated into 18 languages.
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