16th Century

Katharine Parr, The Sixth Wife (Six Tudor Queens 6)

By Alison Weir - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

Chronicling Katharine Parr’s life from her first marriage through to the end of her fourth is a huge accomplishment. Through Katharine’s ...Read Review

A Fine Madness

By Alan Judd - Published 2021



At the beginning of the reign of King James I, the ageing Thomas Phelippes, a talented decipherer once employed by Sir Francis Walsingham, ...Read Review

City of Vengeance (Cesare Aldo Series)

By D. V. Bishop - Published 2021



Winter, 1536. Cesare Aldo, a former soldier, is now employed by the “Otto”, the most feared criminal court in Florence, currently ruled by Alessandro ...Read Review

All Manner of Things

By Wendy J. Dunn - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

All Manner of Things is based on the life of Katherine of Aragon. Narrated by Maria de Salinas, a friend and confidante of ...Read Review

The Importance of Pawns: Chronicles of the House of Valois

By Keira J. Morgan - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

In 1514, Anne of Brittany, wife of Louis XII of France, is dying. Louise d’Angoulȇme, mother of the king’s cousin, Franç...Read Review

Tarō: Legendary Boy Hero of Japan

By Blue Spruell - Published 2020


AdventureChildren/Young Adult

Feudal Japan, 1596. When his parents are attacked and killed by a rival lord, Tarō narrowly escapes with his life. He’s found by ...Read Review

The Negotiator: The Masterclass at Saint-Germain

By Francis Walder - Published 2021


This slender novel, originally published in 1958 and newly translated, is not a run-of-the-mill plot, characters, and description type of book. It focuses on ...Read Review

The Heretic’s Mark (The Jackdaw Mysteries 4)

By S. W. Perry - Published 2021



This is the third Jackdaw novel which I have reviewed for the HNS, and which I enjoyed as much as ever. S. W. ...Read Review

Shake Loose the Border (Border Reivers Book 3)

By Robert Low - Published 2021



This is the third in the Border Reivers series. It is 1548, and Batty Coalhouse is considering his future. As England’s war in ...Read Review


By Joseph Bruchac - Published 2021


Children/Young Adult

Peacemaker is set in North America at some point prior to the arrival of European colonists, possibly in the early 1500s. Okwaho is ...Read Review

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