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By Maggie O'Farrell -
Maggie O’Farrell follows her award-winning Hamnet with another touching tragedy of a young life cut short. Lucrezia de’ Medici is 15 when, upon ...Read Review
By Steven Veerapen -
Located in the familiar territory of the reign of King Henry VIII, this is a notably brave attempt by a new novelist to ...Read Review
By Penny Ingham -
As wardrobe mistress to Burbage’s Theatre in Shoreditch, Magdalen enjoys affection and a degree of protection from the players, Will Kempe, Henry ...Read Review
By C. P. Giuliani -
This is the first book in a new series, The Tom Walsingham Mysteries, taking place in 1581 England. Tom is a courier for his ...Read Review
By Olesya Salnikova Gilmore -
In the vein of Madeline Miller’s Circe and other feminist takes on long-enduring myths, Gilmore’s debut novel takes a fresh look ...Read Review
By Amy Licence -
Historian Amy Licence begins her first in the Marwood Family Tudor Saga in 1527, with the Marwoods travelling to court from their Suffolk country ...Read Review
By Rilla Askew -
During England’s Reformation, when Henry VIII breaks from Rome and Cromwell is closing monasteries, fear and unease take hold with each new ...Read Review
By Akala -
AdventureChildren/Young AdultHistorical Fantasy
The rapper Akala’s debut novel, a magical realist adventure set in Shakespearean London, is quite frankly, just magical. It features Henry, a ...Read Review
By Clare Marchant -
Clare Marchant’s third novel returns once more to the Tudor period. The historical focus for this book is the Dutch Protestants who ...Read Review
By Nicola Cornick -
Nicola Cornick’s latest timeslip novel looks at the Gunpowder Plot and its leader, Robert Catesby, a Catholic who planned to blow up ...Read Review
Over the last 20 years The Historical Novels Review (the society's print magazine for our members) has published reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books.
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