"For a one-volume history of the Northern Crusades, the reader has but one choice; this is it"
William Urban in the American Historical Review
"A fine study of the Baltic conquest"
Hans Eberhard Meyer in the English Historical Reivew
"Independent, erudite, lucid and witty
a narrative that never flags"
"A fascinating and elegant book"
Geoffrey Wheatcroft in the London Review of Books