• "[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"