17th Century

The Pulse of His Soul

By Ora Smith - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Genealogist Smith novelizes the life of John Lothropp, a Separatist minister who broke with the Anglican Church and became a forgotten Founding Father: ...Read Review

Hour of the Witch

By Chris Bohjalian - Published 2021



How far will a woman go to escape an abusive husband? In Puritan Boston in 1662, divorces are rarely granted, but Mary Deerfield, a ...Read Review

Sins as Red as Scarlet: A Devon Town in Turmoil

By Few - By Janet - Published 2020


This novel takes a new approach to the events surrounding the last “witch hangings” in England. Bideford, Devon was a town in turmoil. ...Read Review

The King’s Spy

By Mark Turnbull - Published 2021



The King’s Spy by Mark Turnbull is a fast-paced novella set during the aftermath of King Charles’s final battle of the ...Read Review

Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch

By Rivka Galchen - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

In Württemberg, Germany, in 1618, a neighbor accuses 72-year-old Katherina Kepler, mother of famed astronomer Johannes Kepler, of witchcraft. In a society wracked ...Read Review

The Shadows of Versailles

By Cathie Dunn - Published 2020



The Shadows of Versailles is set during the reign of Louis XIV in the 17th century. Seventeen-year-old Blanchefleur de La Fontaine is seduced ...Read Review

The Manningtree Witches

By A. K. BLAKEMORE - Published 2021


Set in England in 1643, The Manningtree Witches is based on the activities of Matthew Hopkins, the self-styled Witchfinder General. Told through the eyes ...Read Review

The Drowned City

By K. J. MAITLAND - Published 2021



This novel, set in 1606, opens with an excellent description of the Bristol tsunami of that year, in which a body of a woman ...Read Review

The Smallest Man

By Frances Quinn - Published 2021


Nat Davy is ten when he discovers that, not only is he smaller than the other boys in his village, but that he ...Read Review

Dark Tides (The Fairmile Series 2)

By Philippa Gregory - Published 2020


On Midsummer Eve, 1670, a beautiful young woman from Venice arrives at a ramshackle warehouse in London. Livia di Ricci clutches her infant son ...Read Review

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