John Matthews is a world authority on Arthurian legend. He is the author of over a hundred books on King Arthur and related subjects, as well as the editor of the definitive modern edition of the full Le Morte D'Arthur (Cassell, 2000/Barnes & Noble, 2004). He is also the author of the bestselling children’s title Pirates (Carlton/Athenaeum, 2006), which secured the number one spot for 22 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. He has been involved in various projects over the past 10 years as both an advisor and contributor. In 2003, he was the historical advisor to the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced film King Arthur, and he shared a BAFTA award for his work on the educational DVD made to accompany the film. He was also featured in both the History Channel and Discovery Channel specials on Arthur and the Holy Grail. Matthews lives in Oxford, England.