Stephen Porter is an acknowledged expert on London's history. His other books include The Great Plague ('An excellent introduction' Sunday Telegraph), London: A History in Paintings & Illustrations ('Glorious... brings London vividly to life' Simon Jenkins) & Pepys's London ('A compelling, lively account' BBC History Magazine). He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the Royal Historical Society. After twenty-five years living in the capital he now lives in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Simon Marsh has been a civil servant in London for over twenty years. He has strong research interests in the military aspects of the civil wars and has lectured on the first Civil War and the Kentish rising in 1648 at the National Army Museum. An active member of the Battlefields Trust, he is chair of its Mercia region. He lives in Buckinghamshire.