'For as long as I talk they are commanded to set it down, every day, every word, without fear or favour or crossings out or any alteration.
At the end of these one hundred days I shall have told the story of my life.' Expansive, sprawling, unruly and oversized - like his stomach and everything about him - Falstaff's memoirs take the unsuspecting reader into the world of a character so audacious that, apparently, even the Bard himself could not do him justice.
Larger-than-life, irascible and still lecherous at the advanced age of eighty-one, Falstaff recounts his outrageously bawdy tales as an antidote to popular legend.
Who killed Hotspur? What really went on at the Battle of Agincourt? And what was it that made the wives of Windsor so merry?
The Middle Ages come alive as we romp through history with the most entertaining of guides, in another stunning novel from the author of The Late Mr Shakespeare.