Conn Iggulden

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Conn Iggulden
BornConnor Iggulden
(1971-02-24) 24 February 1971 (age 52)
London, England
PeriodSince 2003
GenreHistorical fiction
Notable worksDangerous Book For Boys Series
Conqueror Series
Emperor Series
Wars of the Roses Series
Empire of Salt Trilogy

Connor Iggulden (/ˈɪɡəldɛn/; born (1971-02-24)24 February 1971) is a British author who writes historical fiction, most notably the Emperor series and Conqueror series. He also co-authored The Dangerous Book for Boys along with his brother Hal Iggulden. In 2007, Iggulden became the first person to top the UK fiction and non-fiction charts at the same time.


Born in 1971 to an English father (who was an RAF pilot during the Second World War,[1] ) and Irish mother (whose grandfather was a seanchaí). He went to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Primary in Ruislip, Middlesex, then attended St Martins School in Northwood, before moving on to Merchant Taylors' School.[2] He then went to St Dominic's Sixth Form College, before he studied English at the University of London,[2] and went on to teach the subject for seven years, becoming head of the English department at Haydon School, where one of his students was Fearne Cotton.[3] He eventually left teaching to write his first novel, The Gates of Rome. He is married to Ella, who is from the Amalfi Coast in Southern Italy and whose family are renowned craft pasta and ravioli specialist producers in the region.[4] They have four children and live in Hertfordshire, England,[5] near Chorleywood Golf Club.[1]

In August 2014, Iggulden was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[6]


Historical fiction[edit]

Iggulden's debut book was The Gates of Rome, the first in a currently five-part series entitled Emperor. The series is based around the life of Julius Caesar, from childhood (The Gates of Rome) to his eventual betrayal and death (The Gods of War). The film option has been sold to Spitfire Productions (an Intermedia company).

The author has written a fifth book in the series, Emperor: The Blood of Gods, which deals with the rise of Augustus and events after the end of The Gods of War. This book was published on 26 September 2013.

After completing the fourth book in the Emperor series, Iggulden began research for his next series of books, the Conqueror series, based on the life of Mongol warlords Genghis, Ogedai and Kublai Khan. His first book, Wolves of the Plains, was available from 2 January 2007. Then followed his second book, Lord of the Bows, on 2 January 2008. Bones of the Hills, the third book in the series, was released on 1 September 2008. In September 2010 Empire of Silver was released, which revolves around the life of Genghis Khan's son, Ogedai. Whilst Iggulden had initially confirmed on his official website that he would be writing two more books after Empire of Silver on Kublai Khan, the author's note at the end of Conqueror states that it would be the last in the series. Iggulden explains his desire to leave the character when he still had much left to accomplish, rather than tracing him through to his eventual downfall, as he did with Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan.

Iggulden released a four-book series, the Wars of the Roses series,[7] starting with Stormbird in 2013, Margaret of Anjou[8] (called Trinity in the United Kingdom) in 2014, Bloodline[9] in 2015, and Ravenspur[10] in 2016.

In 2017, Iggulden published a historical fiction novel called Dunstan,[11] chronicling the life of the 10th century monk and political adviser to the Saxon Kings of England, St. Dunstan.

In 2018, Penguin Books released a historical novel called The Falcon of Sparta, about the effort of Prince Cyrus to become King of Persia and the stranded 10,000 Greek mercenaries who walked out of Persia while pursued by the King's armies following the Battle of Cunaxa.

Children's books[edit]

Iggulden co-wrote a book with his brother Hal, The Dangerous Book for Boys. It covers around eighty topics, from building a soapbox racer and tying knots, to learning about famous battles and how to make potassium aluminium sulphate crystals.[12] It was released in the UK in June 2006, reprinted a month later and was voted British Book of the Year at the Galaxy British Book Awards.

In September 2009 he wrote a children's book Tollins: Explosive Tales for Children through HarperCollins. Iggulden has since written three stories to accompany the story of the Tollins.[13]

Other works[edit]

In March 2006, Iggulden released a novelette entitled Blackwater, part of the Quick Reads initiative of World Book Day 2006. Being a thriller, Blackwater was a change in genre for Iggulden who had mainly written historical fiction.

In 2012, Iggulden added a further Quick Reads book to the list Quantum of Tweed – The Man with a Nissan Micra – a comedy about an unwitting hitman.

Fantasy novels[edit]

In 2017, Conn Iggulden released the first book in his first fiction fantasy series, Darien: Empire of Salt.[14] This series is being published under the pen name C.F. Iggulden to avoid confusion with Iggulden's historical fiction novels.[citation needed] The second book in the series, Shiang, was released on 2018 followed by The Sword Saint in 2019.

Emperor series film adaptation[edit]

In 2010, there was media coverage toward a proposed epic film Emperor: Young Caesar to be about the early life of Julius Caesar covering the years from 92 BC to 71 BC and based on the first two novels of Iggulden's Emperor series, The Gates of Rome and The Death of Kings. Exclusive Media Group hired Burr Steers to direct after they had an adaptation penned by William Broyles and Stephen Harrigan.[15][16][17]


Emperor series[edit]

  • The Gates of Rome (2003)
  • The Death of Kings (2004)
  • The Field of Swords (2005)
  • The Gods of War (2006)
  • The Blood of Gods (2013)

Conqueror series[edit]

  • Wolf of the Plains (2007, ISBN 978-0-00-720175-4) (titled Genghis: Birth of an Empire 2010, ISBN 978-0-385-34421-0)
  • Lords of the Bow (2008, ISBN 978-0-00-720177-8) (titled Genghis: Lords of the Bow 2010, ISBN 978-0-385-34279-7)
  • Bones of the Hills (2008, ISBN 978-0-00-720179-2) (titled Genghis: Bones of the Hills 2010, ISBN 978-0-385-34280-3)
  • Empire of Silver (2010, ISBN 978-0-00-728800-7) (titled Genghis: Empire of Silver 2010, ISBN 978-0-385-33954-4)
  • Conqueror (2011, ISBN 978-0-00-727114-6)

Wars of the Roses series[edit]

  • Stormbird (2013)
  • Trinity (2014) (titled "Margaret of Anjou" in North America)
  • Bloodline (2015)
  • Ravenspur (2016)

Athenian series[edit]

  • The Gates of Athens (2020)
  • Protector (2021)

The Golden Age series[edit]

  • Lion (2022)
  • Empire (2023)

Empire of Salt series[edit]

  • Darien (2017) (Empire of Salt book #1) [as C.F. Iggulden]
  • Shiang (2018) (Empire of Salt book #2) [as C.F. Iggulden]
  • The Sword Saint (2019) (Empire of Salt book #3) [as C.F. Iggulden]

Dangerous books[edit]

  • The Dangerous Book for Boys (2007) (with Hal Iggulden)
  • The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Do (2007) (with Hal Iggulden)
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys Yearbook (2007) (with Hal Iggulden)
  • The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Things to Know (2008) (with Hal Iggulden)
  • The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Wonders of the World (2008) (with Hal Iggulden)
  • The Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: Facts, Figures and Fun (2008) (with Hal Iggulden)
  • The Dangerous Book of Heroes (2009) (with David Iggulden)



  1. ^ a b Preston, John (22 May 2009). "Conn Iggulden: addicted to heroism". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Sale, Jonathan (14 October 2009). "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of author Conn Iggulden". The Independent. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ Cotton, Fearne; Willoughby, Holly (2010). The Best Friends' Guide to Life. Penguin Random House.
  4. ^ Quetteville, Harry de (12 October 2019). "Paper planes, stink bombs and fire-starting: The Dangerous Book for Boys has a sequel, and it's less PC than ever". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  5. ^ "About Conn Iggulden". Retrieved 26 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". theguardian. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  7. ^ Harry Hodges (4 October 2013). "War of the Roses: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden – review". Daily Express. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  8. ^ Wars of the Roses: Margaret of Anjou by Conn Iggulden |
  9. ^ Wars of the Roses: Bloodline by Conn Iggulden |
  10. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "Ravenspur: Rise of the Tudors". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Dunstan, One Man Will Change the Fate of England by Conn Iggulden". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  12. ^ "UK | Magazine | Conn who?". BBC News. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
  13. ^ Save The Tollins website
  14. ^ "Darien (Empire of Salt #1)". Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  15. ^ Bettinger, Brendan (26 June 2013). "17 AGAIN Director Burr Steers Will Depict a Teenage Julius Caesar in EMPEROR: YOUNG CAESAR". Collider. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  16. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (26 May 2010). "Burr Steers To Direct Julius Caesar Film Based on Conn Iggulden Novels". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  17. ^ Hazelton, John (27 May 2010). "Steers signs to direct Young Ceasar [sic]". Screen Daily. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  18. ^ Johnson, Ani (May 2017). "Dunstan: One Man Will Change the Fate of England by Conn Iggulden". Retrieved 19 April 2018.

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