• "A brilliant snapshot of Renaissance Italy... a triumph"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "This is popular history at its narrative best... rich in colour, character and consequence"

    The Times
  • "This is a portrait of a fascinating trio, and an insight into the apparent paradox of why such turbulent times produced such an outpouring of human sentiment almost unparalleled in the history of the West"

    Edward King, Sunday Times
  • "The story he has to tell is exciting and revealing...and the narrative has a natural arc, beginning in hope and fear and climaxing in deceit and bloodshed"

  • "Strathern deftly interweaves the narratives of his three main characters and successfully evokes their odyssey... he has a sensitive ear for memorable phrases and a keen eye for striking detail"

    Thomas Wright, Independent on Sunday