"Entertaining and informative...Even more enjoyable than the account of the Magna Carta itself is the depiction of who we were in the crucial year of 1215."
-- Antonia Fraser, Mail on Sunday
"Brimming with period detail."
-- The Washington Post
"This is an excellent slice of popular history which has 'bestseller' written all over it."
-- Sunday Express
"In 13th-century England, it was bad manners for lords to pick fleas from their breeches during meals. Urinating in the dining hall was likewise frowned upon, 'unless you were the head of the household.'... Such nuggets abound in this small volume, which doubles as a brilliantly concise history of the Magna Carta... Students of history, and of engaging writing, should hope for further installments."
-- Dallas Morning News
About the Author
was brought up in England and America. Now an award- winning columnist for The Sunday Times,
he is the author of eight books, including the bestselling Eton Voices
and The Year 1000.
He is currently writing a book on the Metropolitan Museum of Art.John Gillingham
is professor of history at the London School of Economics and the author of a number of highly regarded academic works on the Middle Ages, as well as the popular history Medieval Britain: An Introduction.