Nicolson’s writing helped cure me of any ‘flat-footed view’ I may have had of the Bronze Age, spinning its warriors from text-book two-dimensionality to full-blooded 3-D.

‘It is what comes next that re-orientates any flat-footed view of Bronze Age warrior heroism. These killer chieftains were obsessed with male beauty.’

Source: Adam Nicolson, The Mighty Dead (London: William Collins, 2015), p. 136

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