Meet our Authors: Mark Guscin – April 2017

Mark Guscin obtained a first-class degree in Latin and Greek from the University of Manchester at the age of nineteen, and recently obtained his PhD in History from Royal Holloway, University of London, which was also admitted by the University of Oviedo in Spain as an equivalent PhD in Spain.


Mark is currently an independent scholar and professional translator and interpreter in Latin, Spanish, Catalan, Galician, French, Portuguese and Italian. He has published various books related to medieval history and the Napoleonic Wars, as well as a prize-winning biography of Lady Hester Stanhope (in Spanish).

He has also worked as a television presenter on the National Geographic Ancient X-Files. He is a translator and interpreter in the Spanish engineering company Duro Felguera, and runs his own translation agency. He has lived in Spain since 1986.

Under Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mark has authored The Tradition of the Image of Edessa, a study of the literature, paintings, icons and other aspects related to the Image of Edessa which “traces with erudition the long history of a Christian tradition known since the fifth century” according to Professor Miri Rubin of Queen Mary University of London.

In describing his experience of publishing with Cambridge Scholars, Mark underlines the quality of the finished product:

It was actually Cambridge Scholars who first approached me when I started my PhD, and we agreed that when the thesis was finished we would talk again. The decision was taken very quickly, I adapted the style to a slightly broader audience (after all, a thesis is written mainly for the examiners) and off we went. The publishing process was so smooth and easy that I kept thinking I must be forgetting something or doing something wrong – there was always someone there to help me with technical and typesetting doubts (and I had quite a few), and in the end my hopes were exceeded when I actually saw the book; the quality (especially that of the images) is truly excellent. This is a very significant point, as in my case, and no doubt in many others too, the images are an essential element in understanding what the written text actually says. If they are not printed clearly much of the argument is lost, or rendered unclear. Overall, what can often be a wearisome task (the part between delivering the manuscript and publication) was in this case most enjoyable.

As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on The Tradition of the Image of Edessa. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOAAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 15th May 2017.

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