• Fascinating ... a Chaucerian gallery of vivid medieval persons

    Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times
  • It is so good, so human that, as at the end of a great novel, one is sorry to leave the endearing company of the Clergue brothers, of the smiling Pierre Maury, of the generous Béatrice, the saintly Authié brothers, the rascally Bélibaste

    Richard Cobb, New Statesman
  • Sheer brilliance in the use of a unique document to reconstruct in fascinating detail a previously totally unknown world, the mental, emotional, sexual life of late thirteenth-century peasants in a remote Pyrenean village

    Lawrence Stone, New York Review of Books

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