Caroline Franklin, Swansea University
"There is nothing else like this book, for Beaton stands alone in his knowledge not just of the English and Greek sources, but also the English and Greek contemporary context. Byron's War changes our understanding of what Byron was trying to do in Greece, and will be the starting point for all subsequent discussions of the topic."
David Roessel, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
"This is rigorous, scrupulous, academic history."
"[A] great achievement ..."
Times Higher Education Supplement
"[This] work, about Byron and his contribution to the Greek insurgency ... is the first to draw deeply on Greek as well as British sources. As a biographer of George Seferis, the Greek poet and Nobel Laureate, Mr Beaton is well placed to plunge into Athenian historiographical debates and the broader Hellenic search for self-understanding ... a formidable array of detail ..."
"Military historians interested in Byron will benefit greatly from Beaton's book."
"A very nearly perfect scholarly publication, the sort of work that simultaneously makes other critics glad it finally exists and angry that they didn't write it themselves ... Throughout [Beaton] is a marvellous writer, gripping and evocative while also scrupulously scholarly, and in this way, too, his book is a model particularly for academic writers."
Times Literary Supplement
"Byron's War is a fascinating and essential read for any further work on Byron, but it is also a stellar example about how our understanding of nineteenth-century Britain's engagement with "the east" and "the south" can be truly transformed - neither a fantasy, nor a one-way street."
Adela Pinch, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
"... occasionally a new book comes along that shakes the kaleidoscope and allows us to see him and parts of his life in a new way. Roderick Beaton's book is one such ... it is the merit of the book that it raises big questions that will be argued over, and changes the terms on which they will be approached."
The Anglo-Hellenic Review