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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade; Reprint edition (1 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812978846
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812978841
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for John Julius Norwich

"As a historian, Lord Norwich knows what matters. As a writer, he has a taste for beauty, a love of language, and an enlivening wit. He contrives, as no English writer has done before, to sustain a continuous interest in that crowded history."--Hugh Trevor-Roper, author of "The Last Days of Hitler" and "The Golden Age of Europe"

"Norwich is an enchanting and satisfying raconteur."--"The Washington Post"

"He has put readers of this generation more in his debt than any other English writer."--"The Sunday Times" (London)

"Norwich is a historian of uncommon urbanity: scholarly and erudite but never pedantic. His style is as graceful and easy as it is knowledgeable."--"Los Angeles Times"

"[Norwich] is certainly the English language's most passionate and dedicated chronicler of [Venice's] extraordinary history."--"The Seattle Times"


"From the Hardcover edition."

"A rollicking narrative . . . [Norwich] keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"A highly entertaining read . . . [John Julius] Norwich has a lightness of touch and caustic sense of humour. . . . As a lively romp through two millenniums of ecclesiastical history, ["Absolute Monarchs" is] well-nigh infallible."--"The Sunday Business Post"
"Very readable and rewarding . . . Norwich possesses an easy grace with words, a gift for condensation and a wonderful instinct for the memorable and defining detail.""--The Plain Dealer"
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"Deeply researched, Norwich's history offers a wonderful introduction to papal lives.""--Publishers Weekly"
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"Excellent, often surprising . . . An outstanding historical survey."--"Booklist"
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"[A] sweeping history . . . [a] cacophony of temporal sin.""--Los Angeles Times"

A rollicking narrative . . . [Norwich] keeps things moving at nearly beach-read pace. The New York Times Book Review
A highly entertaining read . . . [John Julius] Norwich has a lightness of touch and caustic sense of humour. . . . As a lively romp through two millenniums of ecclesiastical history, [Absolute Monarchs is] well-nigh infallible. The Sunday Business Post
Very readable and rewarding . . . Norwich possesses an easy grace with words, a gift for condensation and a wonderful instinct for the memorable and defining detail. The Plain Dealer

Deeply researched, Norwich s history offers a wonderful introduction to papal lives. Publishers Weekly

Excellent, often surprising . . . An outstanding historical survey. Booklist

[A] sweeping history . . . [a] cacophony of temporal sin. Los Angeles Times

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About the Author

John Julius Norwich is one of Britain s preeminent historians and travel writers. He has written the histories of Norman Sicily, Byzantium, Venice, and the Mediterranean. Other books have been on Shakespeare s history plays, on music, and on architecture.

From the Hardcover edition."


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