Head of Zeus has acquired three books by television screenwriter David Gilman, with the first to be published as a lead title for summer 2013.

Publisher Nic Cheetham bought UK and British Commonwealth rights in the three historical adventure books, which will form the beginning of the Master of War series. The deal was signed with Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann. 

Cheetham said: "Amid the carnage of the 100 Years War -- the bloodiest conflict in medieval warfare -- a young Englishman rises from longbowman to knight. David Gilman's Master of War is a blockbusting entry in a bestselling genre and will be a lead title for 2013."