• "In his previous books... Holland combined a lively style with fresh insights based on deep historical research. Those qualities shine through this new account"

    Literary Review
  • "Though it is such a well-known story, it has never been told in such depth before. James Holland has mastered every detail"

    Daily Mail
  • "Holland tells the story with gusto and pace... he has truly and brilliantly plugged an enormous gap"

    Mail on Sunday