• "Superbly readable... An exciting story, and Greenblatt tells it with his customary clarity and verve"

    Robert Douglas-Fairhurst, Daily Telegraph
  • "Superb history ... this concise, learned and fluently written book tells a remarkable story"

    Charles Nicholl, Observer
  • "Dazzling"

  • "In this outstandingly constructed assessment of the birth of philosophical modernity, renowned Shakespeare scholar Greenblatt deftly transports reader to the dawn of the Renaissance...Readers from across the humanities will find this enthralling account irresistible"

    Library Journal
  • "More wonderfully illuminating Renaissance history from a master scholar and historian (starred review)"

    Kirkus Reviews