Roger Crowley is a best-selling narrative historian with deep interests in the Mediterranean world and its surrounding area. At Emmanuel College, Cambridge he read English but has gone on to build a reputation for writing page-turning history based on original sources and careful scholarship.


He is the author of a loose trilogy of books on the Mediterranean: Constantinople: The Last Great Siege/1453 (2005), Empires of the Sea (2008) – a Sunday Times (UK) History Book of the Year in 2009 and a New York Times Bestseller – and City of Fortune on Venice (2011), as well as Conquerors (2015), a rare break out into the Atlantic with the Portuguese. His latest book Accursed Tower explores the end of the Holy Land crusades. His books have been translated into many languages.


He has talked to audiences as diverse as Melvin Bragg’s BBC programme In Our Time, the Center for Naval Analyses in Washington, NATO, the Hay Festival and the National Maritime Museum, appeared on TV programmes, written articles and reviews, and travelled as far as China to give lectures. He is married and lives in England in the Gloucestershire countryside.


Praise for Roger’s work:

‘Crowley has shown a rare gift for combining compelling narrative with lightly worn academic thoroughness.’  Michael Prodger, Financial Times


‘How well Crowley tells a story… I enjoyed every page and was sorry indeed when I turned the last one.’  John Julius Norwich, Wall Street Journal


‘A clarity and a confidence that most academic historians would envy.’  Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph


‘Crowley is a wonderfully lucid and enchanting writer’ Daily Express


‘This rousing account has everything... His scholarship is sure-footed, and his narrative skills an old-fashioned delight.’  Andrew Holgate, Sunday Times, History Book of the Year


‘If all history were written like this, John Grisham would be destitute.’ Contemporary Review


‘One of the best narrative historians currently writing.’ Financial Times


‘Crowley...writes with a racy briskness that lifts sea battles and sieges off the page’ New York Times


‘Glorious narrative history’ Daily Telegraph Books of the Year




Talking at the National Maritime Museum. I seem to have an unfortunate Venetian sailor by the head.

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