John Julius Norwich is the author of many publications, including A History of Venice and Byzantium, as well as the New York Times bestseller Absolute Monarchs: A History of the Papacy and most recently, Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History.
Praise for FOUR PRINCES -In prolific historian Norwich's well-articulated appraisal, these four giant figures can, and should be, perceived as a 'single phenomenon' that deeply imprinted sixteenth-century Europe. Through Norwich's perceptive eyes, we see that the four monarchs certainly did not exist in a vacuum, that each one was not a completely separate entity . . . A superb group portrait.- --Booklist -A fascinating quadruple biography of four of the greatest monarchs of the Renaissance by this true master of narrative history.- --Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs and Jerusalem: The Biography -As we have come to expect from John Julius Norwich, Four Princes is filled with surprising details about these familiar figures, as well as revealing insights into the seminal events of this rich period. But the great value of the book is putting Suleiman the Magnificent on an equal plain with Henry VIII, Francis I, and Charles V, and thereby, providing an expanded view of Europe during this turbulent era, a better understanding of the clashes between their empires, and the personal aspirations and foibles of these giants that shaped the continent's history.- --James Reston, Jr., author of Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleiman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520-1536 -With characteristic deftness of touch, Norwich brings each character vividly to life and skillfully weaves their stories together . . . a genuinely inspired idea for a book, and Norwich executes it with typical aplomb.- --Tracy Borman, BBC History Magazine -Wonderful . . . This was indeed a glorious age and Norwich has made a brilliant decision to study four idiosyncratic rulers as an interacting quartet . . . A lively and charming book.- --Times (UK)