Sunday Times History Book of the Year 2018
"A triumph of scholarship... this beautifully illustrated book succeeds brilliantly in bringing this much maligned period to life. "
- The Guardian
"A fascinating compendium of surgery, science, faith, magic and superstition from the fall of the Roman Empire to the beginnings of the Early Modern period."
- The Times
"One of the achievements of this splendid book is to make our world view seem more narrow and fragmented than the ‘Dark Ages’... wit, learning and riveting stories. A wonderful read."
- Evening Standard
"A thick, spicy, plumb pudding of a book”
- London Review of Books