About Mike

mikeBest known as a television Host / Presenter and for his many appearances as a Historical Weapons Expert /Military Historian in many dozens of tv documentaries, Mike also works as a tv Director, a Writer and a consultant t the video games industry.

He has a passion for history and for creating memorable images and, whether directing or appearing on screen, his unique brand is to bring history to life, to connect with it and to make it accessible.

In addition to regular directing, Mike is also a highly experienced Action Arranger/Fight Choreographer. Creating sequences that blend historical information with compelling action is a signature element of his on-screen appearances as well as his directing style.

His lavishly illustrated book, Swords and Swordsmen, which is both a history of the sword and of swordfighting styles, is a major work on the subject that has received glowing reviews. More recently his magnum opus on military bows – War Bows – is released in February 2019. It encompasses the story of the longbow, the crossbow, the composite bow and the Japanese bow. He has also written The Longbow, The Crossbow and The Composite Bow as individual publications for Osprey.

Historical archery is a core interest, especially horse-archery and chariot archery. He is the co-founder of The California Centaurs horse-archery club.He owns an Andalusian horse, Bolero, who is trained for horse-archery as well as many other disciplines.

Mike has dual UK/US citizenship. He lives in California but also has a base in London.