I was not sure what to expect with this, but I really enjoyed this book. Churchill writes descriptively, clearly, and with unique personality. The historical stories were well told, and he took a time period that could be a bit dry (at least for me) and made it interesting. There were a few times when there were a few too many names for me to follow - medieval England is not a strong area in terms of my history knowledge - but it helped me learn a great deal. Highly recommended and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.