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Good in parts, not notable for its balance
on 5 August 2017
Obviously I am not worthy so much as to pick up the historical crumbs from under Eamon Duffy's table. I was glad I did read the Introduction first, since after reading, at least in places, what I can only describe as bile, it seemed clear to me that this is a book to be read with the greatest of care and scepticism - it did not appear to me to be balanced. Though of course always well argued, and always supported by facts (though pushing it a bit with the Shakespeare bit I thought). I was put in mind of Diarmaid MacCulloch's quote that "Duffy ceases to be a Tudor historian who is a Catholic, and becomes a Catholic historian". But I did enjoy the chapter on Bishop Fisher, which was one of the reasons I'd bought it, so that was a relief!.