16th Century

The Marriage Portrait

By Maggie O'Farrell - Published 2022


Biographical FictionLiterary

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

Of Blood Descended (The Anthony Blanke Mysteries)

By Steven Veerapen - Published 2022



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

Twelve Nights (The Heavenly Charmers Book 1)

By Penny Ingham - Published 2022



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

The Road to Murder (Tom Walsingham Mysteries)

By C. P. Giuliani - Published 2022



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

The Witch and the Tsar

By Olesya Salnikova Gilmore - Published 2022


Historical Fantasy

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

Dangerous Lady (The Marwood Family Tudor Saga)

By Amy Licence - Published 2022



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

Prize for the Fire

By Rilla Askew - Published 2022


Biographical Fiction

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

The Dark Lady

By Akala - Published 2022


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

The Mapmaker’s Daughter

By Clare Marchant - Published 2022



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

The Winter Garden

By Nicola Cornick - Published 2022



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

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