16th Century

The Beauty and the Terror: An Alternative History of the Italian Renaissance

By Catherine Fletcher - Published 2020



Catherine Fletcher opens up the ‘Pandora’s Box’ of 16th-century Italy. This era is known most obviously for the flowering of individual artistic ...Read Review

The Final Puzzle: An Untold Akbar Birbal Story

By Juhi Ray - Published 2019



At the height of the 16th-century Mughal Empire, wise and witty Raja Birbal is Emperor Akbar’s dearest friend and most trusted advisor. ...Read Review

Ghost of the Bamboo Road: A Hiro Hattori Novel (A Shinobi Mystery)

By Susan Spann - Published 2019



Japan, January 1566: Master ninja Hiro Hattori, Portuguese Jesuit Father Mateo, and Mateo’s housekeeper, Ana, are on a secret mission to Edo. They ...Read Review

Sin Eater

By Megan Campisi - Published 2020


Historical Fantasy

An act of petty thievery changes the course of May Owens’ life in this richly imagined tale set in the late 16th century. ...Read Review

The Forgotten Sister

By Nicola Cornick - Published 2020



The Forgotten Sister is a timeslip novel, based in Tudor England and the present day. In the 16th century Amy Robsart is married ...Read Review

The Everlasting

By Katy Simpson Smith - Published 2020



Andiamo a Roma! We’ll visit the Eternal City four times in Katy Simpson Smith’s brilliant new novel The Everlasting, set in ...Read Review

A Place in the World: Book 3, The Miramonde Series

By Amy Maroney - Published 2019


In this third in the Miramonde series, set in 1505, grieving the loss of a daughter, Miramonde de Oto and her husband Arnaud move ...Read Review

Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen (UK) / Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen (US)

By Alison Weir - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This is a superb novel about a young queen who was the victim of powerful and ambitious persons around her. Neglected by her ...Read Review

Raphael, Painter in Rome

By Stephanie Storey - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Stephanie Storey follows up her stunning debut, Oil and Marble, a novel about the rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo, with another brilliant novel ...Read Review

Shadows of Hemlock (Apricots and Wolfsbane)

By K.M. Pohlkamp - Published 2019



Having betrayed those she holds dear, assassin Aselin Gavrell is faced not with the prestige and independence she imagined, but with a life ...Read Review

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