Nominated for the 2017 Pen Hessell-Tiltman
Daily Telegraph's Best History Books of 2017
Sunday Times' Best History Books of 2017
A sweeping history of the city of Rome, seen through the eyes of its most significant sackings, from the Gauls to the Nazis and everything in between.
No city on earth has preserved its past as Rome has. Visitors can cross bridges that were crossed by Julius Caesar and explore temples visited by Roman emperors. These architectural survivals are all the more remarkable considering the city has been repeatedly ravaged by roving armies.
From the Gauls to the Nazis, Matthew Kneale tells the stories behind the seven most important of these attacks and reveals, with fascinating insight, how they transformed the city - and not always for the worse.
A meticulously researched, magical blend of travelogue, social and cultural history, Rome: A History in Seven Sackings is a celebration of the fierce courage, panache and vitality of the Roman people. Most of all, it is a passionate love letter to this incomparable city.
A sumptuously produced volume -- Shots Magazine
Ingenious and wholly enjoyable history of the city. -- Daily Telegraph
Fascinating... A delight -- The Times `Book of the Week'
Utterly compelling, brilliant... Wonderfully moving and inspiring -- Literary Review
A stirring portrait of a city at war... brings Rome's fractious past to life. -- Observer
Gripping and ingenious... Kneale's account is a masterpiece of pacing and suspense. Characters from the city's history spring to life in his hands. -- Sunday Times