'Lively and engaging... succeeds in conveying the complex texture and endless fascination of English history'
'Lavishly illustrated, beautifully designed, entertaining and witty'
'This beautifully written and sumptuously illustrated book sets out to tell the history of England through its landscape and architecture . . . John Julius Norwich is the perfect guide to these national treasures. He's urbane, amusing and extraordinarily well-informed'
'An intriguing book, with an accessible style and lots of titbits from Emperor Hadrian's unusual beard to Huguenot origins of Brick Lane Mosque in London'
'A highly readable tome . . . each mini history is told with relish'
'Enthralling . . . Take it on a "staycation" and be astonished afresh over architectural delights'