"Reclaims a period of history all too often simplified... a cracking story".

Sarah Vine reviews Our Man in Rome in The Times, Saturday 4 February 2012.

"It is precisely because of all his woes that Catherine Fletcher's choice of hero, if you can call him that, is so compelling... She is not afraid to dazzle the reader with her scholarly prowess and detail, with the result that she has managed her to reclaim a period of history all too often simplified to the point of inanity... Fletcher does her subject great credit. She makes no attempt to either embellish or simplify. She simply tells a cracking story well, in plenty of detail with clarity and insight. Above all she resists the temptation to overlay past events with modern cultural and emotional responses. Her protagonists are never anything but true to their selves and Fletcher richly deserves the title of historian."

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