Guy de la Bedoyere to visit Albany image

9 March 2017

Albany Public Library is pleased to announce the return to Albany of BBC historian Guy de la Bedoyere who will be discussing his latest book ‘Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard’ at the Town Hall on Thursday, March 16 at 6pm.

‘Praetorian’ provides a compelling narrative history of the Praetorians whose dangerous ambitions ceased only when Constantine permanently disabled them. Guy introduces Praetorians of all echelons, from prefects and messengers to artillery experts and executioners.

Throughout the book he explores the delicate position of emperors for whom prestige and guile were the only defences against bodyguards hungry for power and folds fascinating details in a broad assessment of the Praetorian.

Guy is the author of a widely admired series of books on Romano-British history and has appeared regularly on the British television archaeology series ‘Time Team’. He is also well known in the United States for his book ‘The Romans for Dummies’.

This event will be held at the Albany Town Hall. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased via or by calling 6820 3600.