• "A historical masterpiece."

    A. L. Rowse
  • "A rare and wonderful book, as readable and exciting as a novel, amazingly fresh and stimulating in its approach to a great subject, and impressive for the wide range and authority of its scholarship."

    J.E. Neale
  • "A faultless book; and one which most historians would have given half their working lives to have written."

    J.H. Plumb
  • "His work should take its place among the classics of the subject."

    Times Literery Supplement