• "Like a bird of biographical prey, Ackroyd identifies his subject in an iconic image of Chaucer addressing the court of Richard II and swoops to investigate"

    Iain Finlayson, The Times
  • "Extensively researched and elegantly written"

    Sally Cousins, Sunday Telegraph
  • "Full, lively and eminently readable"

    Laurence Phelan, Independent on Sunday
  • "Ackroyd's series of short lives bodes well: handy, attractive, well illustrated, useful"

    Anne Wroe, Sunday Times
  • "This elegantly written and nicely judged biography offers a welcome reintroduction to a much-underestimated figure, and gets Ackroyd's new series of Brief Lives off to a promising start"