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  • Exceptionally rich and variegated...This might be a book for ministers to take on holiday in the summer.

    Jessie Childs, Guardian
  • Vivid and informative... somehow one can't help wondering whether there might be a lesson [here] for British commerce today.

    Noel Malcolm, Telegraph
  • The book is crammed with unexpected sidelights of 16th century London

  • A city contending with immigration, religious difference and the threat of violence... the unspoken comparisons that haunt this story are unavoidably poignant

    Times Higher Education Supplement
  • Like all the best stories, it is about the timeless tides of power and influence... consistently illuminating and filled with pleasing resonance

    Sinclair McKay, Spectator

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