17th Century

Pleasing Mr Pepys

By Deborah Swift - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

Deb Willett is employed in the household of the diarist Samuel Pepys as a companion for his wife. She is there to help ...Read Review

Intrigue in Covent Garden (Adventures of Thomas Chaloner)

By Susanna Gregory - Published 2018



We are in the year 1665. Plague is still haunting London, and King Charles I, with all his court, plus anyone else rich enough ...Read Review

I Was Cleopatra

By Dennis Abrams - Published 2018


Biographical FictionChildren/Young Adult

Abrams, author of numerous biographies and nonfiction books for young readers, has created a detailed guide to Shakespeare’s world and theater in ...Read Review

Marooned: Jamestown, Shipwreck, and a New History of America’s Origin

By Joseph Kelly - Published 2019



In 1607, three English ships, and about a hundred settlers and crew landed in Chesapeake Bay in what will later become Virginia. They are ...Read Review

Destroying Angel: The Seeker 3

By S.G. MacLean - Published 2018



In this, the third Seeker mystery, Damien Seeker is sent to Yorkshire, his native county, to prepare for the rule of the newly ...Read Review

The Wonderful Mr Willughby: The First True Ornithologist

By Tim Birkhead - Published 2018



In the mid-17th century, Francis Willughby and John Ray set out to redefine how we understand the natural world. They embarked on ...Read Review

City of Crows

By Chris Womersley - Published 2018



It is 1673. Charlotte Picot is urged by her dying husband, Michel, to take their son and flee their fever-ridden village of Saint-Gilles for ...Read Review

Open Sea

By Cynthia Steele (trans.) - By María Gudín - Published 2018


Captured by pirates, Catalina “Len” and her mother are taken to England, a move that forces her mother into prostitution when no ransom ...Read Review

The Great Level

By Stella Tillyard - Published 2018Published 2019


England during the interregnum in the 17th century. Jan Brunt, a Dutch engineer, is employed to assist in drawing up plans for the ...Read Review

The Council of Twelve (A Hangman’s Daughter Tale)

By Lisa Reinhardt (trans.) - By Oliver Pötzsch - Published 2018



Oliver Pötzsch weaves a riveting, historical thriller against the backdrop of 1672 Bavaria. Hangman Jakob Kuisl’s family is swept into political intrigue, ...Read Review