'… offers a treatment of its subject which, for balance, narrative fluency and skill in marshalling interpretative detail, is likely to remain unsurpassed for a very long time … His cast emerges individualised from under their hauberks and wimples, and we catch the authentic noise of their anxieties, their scruples, their oaths and challenges.' Jonathan Keates, The Observer
' … written in clear, compelling English … Maddicott has weighed Montfort in an admirably even balance. He has brought him alive in all his contradictions and magnificence. This is a masterpiece of a biography which will never be replaced.' D. A. Carpenter, Journal of Ecclesiastical History
'… a biographer of rare perception and deep scholarship.' Michael Prestwich, The Times Literary Supplement '… this magnificent biography will be as nearly definitive as any could be. It is a work of the highest quality: persuasive, eloquent and penetrating.' History Today 'John Maddicott has produced an admirable account of this remarkable career … highly readable ...'. Paul Johnson, The Times
A new account of one of the most famous men of the English middle ages: Simon de Montfort.