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  • Published: 14 March 2023
  • ISBN: 9781405949651
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99


'Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life' ANTHONY RICHES

Discover the rise and fall of the world's greatest empire in the stunning first instalment of The Golden Age, an epic new series from the nation's finest historical novelist

After the Gods.

After the Myths and Legends came the world of Men.

In their front rank stood Pericles. The Lion of the Golden Age.

'Brings war in the ancient world to vivid, gritty and bloody life' Anthony Riches
'Another masterpiece from Iggulden' 5***** Reader Review
'It's like being on the battlefield' 5***** Reader Review
'An epic piece of historical fiction, full of political intrigue and vivid action' Robert Fabbri


  • Published: 14 March 2023
  • ISBN: 9781405949651
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Conn Iggulden

Conn Iggulden is one of the most successful authors of historical fiction writing today. He has written three previous bestselling historical series, including Wars of the Roses. Dunstan is a stand-alone novel set in the red-blooded world of tenth-century England, and The Falcon of Sparta is a stand-alone in which Iggulden returns to the Ancient World. The first book in his new Athenian series, The Gates of Athens, was a Sunday Times top five bestseller. Protector is the latest instalment in the Athenian series.

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Praise for Lion

Praise for Conn Iggulden


Iggulden tells an absolutely cracking story...the pace is nail-biting and the set dressing magnificent

The Times

One of our finest historical novelists

Daily Express

Iggulden is in a class of his own when it comes to epic, historical fiction

Daily Mirror

Pacy...and packed with action

Sunday Times

Breathes new life into the darkest and most dramatic of times


Compelling reading

Woman and Home

Pacy and propulsive, Conn Iggulden's latest historical epic heads back to the battlefields and warships of the Ancient World . . . Crackling with energy, violence and stirring speeches, Lion chronicles power struggles, political machinations and the bloodthirsty ravages of up-close combat

Daily Mail

Iggulden draws the Greek world convincingly and he is strongest writing battle scenes


The master historical storyteller returns with the first of a new pair of novels about Athenian general and politician Pericles. This swords-and-sandals epic brings the sights, sounds and smells of the ancient world to life, telling the story of the ongoing clash of empires between Greece and Persia. Conn Iggulden's research is second-to-none and his writing has never been more addictive. At home, Pericles is navigating a difficult marriage while shoring up his position in Athenian politics and art. But, in this gripping read, he also faces the ever-present threat of a resurgent Persia on the battlefield.

Daily Express

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