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  • Lively, effortlessly readable, superb. A triumph

    The Times
  • Suspenseful, meticulously researched . . . however well you think you know the story, it is well worth the read

    Financial Times
  • Wonderfully moving and subtle. Reading of the assassination is almost unbearably intense and brings tears to one's eye

    Daily Express
  • Compelling, marvellously measured, entertainingly astute, and in places positively moving

  • A beautifully layered portrait of one of the most complex characters in English history . . . not only corrects many historical errors and uncertainties, but merits reading more than once, for the sheer joy of its superb storytelling

    The Times
  • Scintillates with energetic scene-setting, giving us a tactile, visual feel for early medieval England . . . breathes new life into an oft-told tale

    Financial Times
  • Vivid and extremely readable. The most accessible Life of Thomas Becket to be published in recent years

    The Times Literary Supplement

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