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 that of the extensive period we place somewhere between the Dark Ages and the Renaissance... wit, learning and riveting stories. A wonderful read."
- Evening Standard
"Hartnell takes us deep into the medieval mindset... a triumphant piece of historical writing."
- Mail on Sunday