Robert Lacey is the author of Majesty, the classic biography of Queen Elizabeth II. A distinguished journalist with a love of history, he wrote the series Great Tales from English History, and was co-author of the best-selling Year 1000.

In 1979, he moved with his family to Saudi Arabia for eighteen months to research The Kingdom, his penetrating study of the country’s complex and often paradoxical culture, which was banned in Saudi Arabia.

For the past three years, Robert has been based in Jeddah and Riyadh, gathering material for this sequel — a completely new book which relates the Saudi role in the years of terror.