• A work of tremendous authority and breadth. With this book, as with Charlemagne's empire, one feels that an extraordinary range of things have been brought together

    Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph
  • Intensely rewarding

    Jonathan Sumption, Spectator
  • Almost every page is full of arresting details and insights ... and a sharp eye for a revealing anecdote, illuminating even the murkiest corners of the so-called Dark Ages

    Dominic Sandbrook, Daily Telegraph
  • The Penguin History of Europe series ... is one of contemporary publishing's great projects

    New Statesman
  • With five volumes now out, the Penguin History of Europe series ... is shaping up to be the best general account available, superseding all previous ones


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