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By Janet Few -
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
By Mark Turnbull -
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
By Rivka Galchen -
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
By Cathie Dunn -
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
By A. K. BLAKEMORE -
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
By K. J. MAITLAND -
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
By Frances Quinn -
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
By Philippa Gregory -
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
By Graham Brack -
Set in 1674 in the Netherlands, this second in series offers an intricate, intellectual murder puzzle to solve amidst the academic debates of the ...Read Review
By Laura Frantz -
Shopkeeper’s daughter Selah Hopewell helps pair unwed women from England with James Towne’s tobacco farmers. Though she spends a majority of ...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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