Bart Van Loo has developed a rare twin talent over the years. While drawing big crowds in the theatre, he is also the author of the universally praised France a Trilogy and the bestseller Chanson. Friend and foe alike have to admit that Van Loo is a born storyteller, with a unique ability to combine enthusiasm, humour and expertise. The Burgundians, his most recent book, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through a thousand years of European history.
'In this perky popular history, a bestseller on mainland Europe, Bart Van Loo traces the steady rise and sudden end of the Burgundians, sprinkling his narrative with many entertaining asides' * The Times * 'A sparkling history of the origins of the Low Countries ... Van Loo arouses interest in the past among thousands of readers, spectators and listeners in an inimitable way' * The Low Countries * 'Bart van Loo is in top form. The Burgundians reads like a train and hits you like a sledgehammer. A masterpiece ... He does not try to be a wise man or a moralist. What he does make clear is that that the history of early Dutch unification is one that came about both through excessive bloodshed and praiseworthy magnanimity. Mission accomplished' * De Morgen * 'To narrate the legendary story of the dukes of Burgundy, you need a learned and visionary guide like Bart Van Loo ... A masterful work' * Le Figaro * 'A pleasure to read from start to finish. How fortunate that Van Loo is not just a historian but also a writer. Truly spectacular!' * Neue Zuricher Zeitung * The political and the personal, economics and culture, belief and violence, success and failure, major developments and spicy details - it's all there. The Burgundians expertly draws on the latest scientific insights, but is also told with lightness and elegance' -- Frits van Oostrom 'The formidable saga of our Burgundian origins. Over 650 pages that read like a great political adventure novel, a Game of Thrones soap opera where everything is true' * La Libre Belgique * 'Full of cliff hangers and moving passages. Irresistible' -- Herman Pleij 'Bart van Loo is back and emerges once again as a true storyteller. Van Loo is the perfect guide through the past. It is as if we are there' * De Standaard * 'A history book that reads like a thriller' * Le Soir * 'Colourful and multidimensional: a Belgian master storyteller' * Kulturradio, SWR2 * 'Narrative history of the highest level ... The author conjures the tastes, smells, colours and feelings of the past' * Kulturradio, WDR 3 * 'Bart Van Loo does something extremely difficult; he brings to life an illusion of a state in an unfamiliar world. And he does this with such verve and energy that you very nearly believe it' * Literary Review *