`an admirable work of scholarship, written with verve, style and
imagination' -- Spectator, Review by Jonathan Sumption
`The rich and vivid characters of the Verneys make history not only
painless but positively pleasurable. This is a welcome return to exactly
the kind of history that has always captivated the general reader' -- Dian Purkiss, The Independent
`a compelling drama of marriage, death, madness, adventure and travel' -- The Sunday Times, Stella Tillyard
'By far the most historically assured, best told, and most
entertaining telling of the Verney saga.' -- Sunday Telegraph
'Enormous flair and skill Mr Tinniswood uses...full of spectacular
rows and tearful makings-up' -- The Economist
'Enthralling... [Tinniswood] writes with an ease, a sympathy, a
simplicity...that makes this book extraordinary' -- The Telegraph
'It combines scholarly enterprise and precision with the power of
imaginative re-creation' -- Literary Review
'This book hums with Tinniswood's infectious enthusiasm.'
-- Independent on Sunday
'Tinniswood gives a pungent sense of the wrangling and entangling of 17th-century life'
-- The Guardian
Book of the Week -- The Week
The extraordinary story of one English family in the seventeenth century: narrative social history at its best.
Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.
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