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  • Joe Moshenska's wonderful book is an act of restoration. He mixes impressive scholarship with narrative flair to bring the young Digby back to vivid life. A thrilling account... sparkling… fascinating.

    Michael Prodger, The Times
  • Combining the rigour and precision of the academic with the skills of a master storyteller, in this remarkable tale of one man, the author brings to life an important period of British and Mediterranean history. Full of exquisite details, but with the grandest themes – it has heroic love, it has religion and science, art and literature, power and politics – this is a gripping adventure story.

    Zia Haider Rahman, author of In The Light of What We Know
  • Romance and adventure, piracy and alchemy – Kenelm Digby blazed through one of the most remarkable lives of the seventeenth century. With his engaging blend of scholarship and storytelling, Joe Moshenska takes us on the eye-opening tale of an extraordinary man's daring quest for fame, fortune, and knowledge on the treacherous seas of the Mediterranean.

    Faramerz Dabhoiwala, author of The Origins of Sex
  • Gripping and extraordinary.

    Ann Wroe
  • A brilliant account of one of the seventeenth century's most dashing lives.

    Ruth Scurr, author of John Aubrey: My Own Life

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