• [Mortimer] has an instinctive sympathy for the men about whom he writes, a real understanding of the mentalities of late medieval England, and a vivid historical imagination which lends colour and excitement to his pages

    Literary Review
  • Mortimer's book is a success and tells an important story very well

    Richard Francis, Daily Telegraph
  • An arresting and original biography

    Jessie Childs, Sunday Telegraph
  • [It] possesses the rare combination of clarity, liveliness, balanced judgement, erudition without pedantry, and scholarship founded on his own research among primary sources

    Scotland on Sunday
  • The book is at its most compelling in conjuring a sense of place or occasion


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