Reviews

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

    Spectator
  • "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"

    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"

    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"

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

    Literary Review