SOL Campbells autobiography focuses on his experiences as a handmaiden to Queen Elizabeth I in a previous life.
The book glosses over his time as Arsenal captain, his acrimonious departure from Spurs and his 73 England caps, choosing instead to give an in-depth insiders account of life at the court of the Virgin Queen, where he served as a lady-in-waiting between 1559 and 1603.
Campbell writes: I was a trusted gentlewoman of the privy chamber, and regularly advised the Queen on matters ranging from contemporary theatre to inter-religious conflict.
“Truly, the years I spent at court were the happiest of my lives.
His recollection that Elizabeth enjoyed Monster Munch and Subbuteo is likely to prove controversial, though the former Portsmouth man insists that any of his historical claims can be verified simply by asking him.
Campbell records that he also enjoyed spells as a Roman centurion, a buccaneer on the high seas, and a gin smuggler in Prohibition-era Illinois.
The book is to be published by Random House after Campbell walked out on rival publishers Simon & Schuster because they lacked ambition.