Frank Payton was born in Nottinghamshire and educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After leaving school he entered the Army on a Short Service regular engagement with the Intelligence Corps; he served in Germany and Cyprus.
On leaving the Army he joined the British Coal Corporation, in the Finance Department, moving eventually into the field of Industrial Relations, which would now be termed Human Resources, eventually achieving senior management status. Payton took early retirement from British Coal, and opened what eventually became a very successful book-selling business in Mansfield, dealing with antiquarian and newly published books.
Payton retired to Lincolnshire in 2001, where he began to write.His abiding interest and passion over many years has been history, and over the years has covered a diversity of periods and countries. He became in turn the founding Secretary of the Nottinghamshire Family History Society, and later the Society’s President.
Hawkwood’s Sword vividly portrays the life of a mercenary on the battle fields in 14th century Italy and France. A tough and resilient hero, Captain John Hawkwood commands like-minded fighting men gathered from England and all over Europe. Captain Hawkwood is regarded as one of the best at his trade, and there is no shortage of opportunities to wage war on behalf of the highest bidder. But while the lords of Provence, Burgundy, Lombardy, and the Papal states might pay Hawkwood to sack cities and ambush their enemies, none of these aristocrats can themselves be trusted. Hawkwood must rely on his sword and finely tuned instincts to protect his life and that of his men from treachery and betrayal on all sides. Despite his hard and ruthless life, Hawkwood is not immune to romance, and finds that here too he must compete before he can capture the lady of his dreams.