Giles Milton has a gift for searching out odd and forgotten corners of history and turning them into bestselling books... this is not a dry history, but a full-blooded narrative closer in style to a historical novel than to an academic study.
Milton's story could scarcely be more action-packed, and its setting and subsidiary characters are as fantastic as its events.
An extraordinary story which few people will be at all familiar with... an exciting and sensational account of a really swash-buckling historical episode
Giles Milton's narrative races along as he stitches together a story of heroism, sacrifice and misplaced zeal, painstakingly researched from contemporary writing and records'
Giles Milton... has crafted an inspiration for those of us who believe that history can be exciting and entertaining