17th Century

The Hemlock Cure

By Joanne Burn - Published 2022


The story is centred mostly in the Derbyshire village of Eyam, famous as the place where the residents agreed to quarantine themselves in 1666 ...Read Review

The Plague Letters

By V. L. Valentine - Published 2021



The plague is creeping through London, parish by parish. It is the summer of 1665, and those who can are escaping the city. Symon ...Read Review

Unfinished: The Inspired Life of Elisabetta Sirani

By Kelly Evans - Published 2022


Biographical Fiction

Unfinished tells the story of the remarkable 17th-century Italian painter Elisabetta Sirani, who became one of the greatest artists of her time but ...Read Review

My Queen, My Love: A Novel of Henrietta Maria

By Elena Maria Vidal - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

Henrietta Maria in this book’s subtitle was the daughter of Henri IV (1553-1610), France’s first Bourbon king, and his wife Marie (1575...Read Review

And By Fire

By Evie Hawtrey - Published 2022



Detective Inspector Nigella Parker of the Crime Investigation Directorate partners with London Metro policeman Colm O’Leary when first a wood effigy and ...Read Review

Still Life

By Dodie Bishop - Published 2021


Biographical Fiction

Antwerp, 1604: Clara Peeters, aged ten, is already a gifted painter when her mother dies in childbirth. The title Still Life refers to Peeters’ ...Read Review

A Net for Small Fishes

By Lucy Jago - Published 2021


Biographical FictionLiteraryThriller

London, 1609. Anne Turner, seamstress and mother of six with a much older husband and heavy debts, can’t believe her luck when she’...Read Review

The Forest of Moon and Sword

By Amy Raphael - Published 2021



In 1647, Britain is riven by civil wars. When Arty’s mother is taken away by soldiers, she finds herself at the heart of ...Read Review

Before the Fortress Falls

By A. L. Sowards - Published 2022


Inspirational Romance

In the summer of 1683, the nations of Europe are under threat of extinction at the hands of the invading Turks of the Ottoman ...Read Review

Kemosha of the Caribbean

By Alex Wheatle - Published 2022



In 1668, young Kemosha, an enslaved Jamaican, is sold away from the plantation where she and her brother Gregory have toiled for a new ...Read Review