• "Here is a book Shakespeare would have loved - a fine, old-fashioned, drum-beating history of our island fortress... Longmate weaves the medieval chronicles into a compelling modern story, full of rich and often blood-curdling detail"

    Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday
  • "A rich history of the invasions of Britain... that, by relying on the words of contemporary historians, possess a freshness and immediacy"

    Sunday Times
  • "An enthralling account of the defence of Britain... a solid and conscientious piece of work"

    Jan Morris, Independent
  • "A fascinating work"

    Sunday Express