• "Redeems from obscurity an unsung hero of true greatness... Sheds invigorating light on the course of the English civil war"

  • "Robertson has come up with that desperately rare thing: a subject worthy of biography who has never before been addressed and, to his huge advantage, in his field. The result is a work of literary advocacy as elegant, impassioned and original as any the author can ever have laid before a court"

    Anthony Holden, Observer
  • "Robertson tells a spellbinding story. He combines lucid analysis of the legal issues with acute understanding of the various factions. His prose is crisp and he inserts some comments that only a professional advocate, as opposed to an academic historian, would make"

    Christopher Silvester, Daily Telegraph
  • "Fascinating... Illuminating... This is a work of great compassion and, at a time when it seems to be fashionable for politicians to denigrate lawyers, it is an essential read for anyone who believes in the fearless independence of the law"

    John Cooper, The Times
  • "[Robertson's] forensic intelligence can penetrate where professional historians have not reached"

    Blair Worden, Literary Review