"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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From Wolf Hall to Medici Florence, I have several talks coming up in spring 2015.
In Our Time: The House of Borgia.
I discussed the Borgia Pope Alexander VI and his children on BBC Radio 4, 9am on Thursday 22 November. Click through for a link to the programme.
"A glittering debut.
Fletcher's book is at its best in her account of precisely what it meant to be an ambassador in those treacherous times." Miranda Seymour reviews Our Man in Rome
in The Sunday Times.
Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall, on Our Man in Rome.
"An eye-opening book, an intricate and fascinating story of an elusive man with an impossible job. A brilliant and impressive feat of original research, and necessary reading for anyone fascinated by the story of Henry’s divorce..."