A secret dating back to the earliest days of the Roman republic and a fabled treasure lies buried in the hills of the south of France. Amid the turmoil of the French Revolution, a simple peasant boy and girl and a woman steeped in the lore of the perennial philosophy are locked in a race against time to discover an ancient talisman upon whose arcane power the future of the fledgling French republic resides. Pitted against the two young lovers are powerful forces who will stop at nothing to ensure that the might of the ancient Roman republic does not rise again.
A graduate of New College, Oxford University, Lewis Hayward worked for ten years as an editor and analyst in Kenya and Saudi Arabia before returning to the UK to take up a teaching career in 1999. He is now Headmaster of University College School Junior Branch.
He has written three other novels before the Sword of the Republic. These are Mombasa Road (1996), Guy Fawkes Day (revised 2015) and Mombasa Road Retravelled 2015. He is currently working on a sequel to the Sword of the Republic.