A J Proudfoot

A J (Alex) Proudfoot was born and bred in Edinburgh and, after leaving school, he worked as an accountant in the brewing, publishing and financial sectors, before switching his career to marketing, working at the University of Edinburgh for over twenty years.

Alex now lives in Musselburgh, just outside Edinburgh, and is divorced, with two daughters and one grand-daughter.

After taking early retirement, Alex spent his free time tracing his Proudfoot family history, back 900 years to the first man to bear the Proudfoot surname, an early-twelfth century sheriff of London.

Alex then challenged himself to see how far back in history he could trace his family. This research led him into the early Anglo-Saxon period and his earliest known ancestor, the subject of his first historical fiction novel.


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A J Proudfoot's Books

ISBN: 9781835740194


Rise of the First Wessex King

28 Jul 2024

When the Saxons, invited to settle in Britannia by King Wyrtgeorn, brutally murder the father and brother of Ceredig, the second son of a fifth century Romano-British chieftain, he flees the land of his birth.

While the Saxons expand their control over Britannia, Ceredig grows up in Armorica, learning the ways of the Gewisse, and ultimately taking command of this elite force of warriors, who had remained loyal to his father, Elisedd.

Despite ruling as a chieftain in Armorica, Ceredig remains determined to return to his homeland, avenge his father and brother’s murder, and finally reclaim the lands his father had once ruled in southern Britannia.

After over forty years in exile, Ceredig, his son and a force of Gewisse warriors return to Britannia, joining a large army of Britons who are preparing to take on the Saxons in battle at Badonbyrg.

What happens next will go down in history…


A J Proudfoot lives in Musselburgh, near Edinburgh. He started his career as an accountant, working in the brewing, publishing and financial sectors, before qualifying as a chartered marketer, working at the University of Edinburgh for over twenty years. After retiring, he has spent his free time researching his family history which led to his first novel, Rise of the first Wessex King.