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By Amy Sackville -
In 1622, the artist Diego Velázquez was summoned to Madrid to paint King Philip IV and his courtiers. He remained a member of ...Read Review
By Brenda Rickman Vantrease -
Vantrease’s long-awaited return to the historical fiction scene showcases her painstaking attention to characterization and period atmosphere. Opening with a prologue depicting ...Read Review
By Joyce Bergvelt -
This story moves between the new Dutch colony on Formosa (Taiwan), and China, as the invading Manchus destroy the Ming dynasty. Koxinga, the ...Read Review
By Christopher Buckley -
Balthasar de St. Michel (Balty) is the shiftless brother-in-law of Samuel Pepys and is sent off by him to the American colonies under ...Read Review
By Katherine Clements -
The Coffin Path is a gothic historical novel, reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier and as good as Sarah Waters. It is set in ...Read Review
By Leah Fleming -
The novel opens with an account of the persecution of Quakers in 17th-century England, set out in the journal of Rejoice (or Joy) ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Fremantle -
At the heart of one of the most notorious murder cases in the reign of James I lurks the ultimate Jacobean power couple: ...Read Review
By David Hingley -
Mercia Blakewood has returned to England, having successfully concluded her assignment in New York on behalf of King Charles the Second. Surely now ...Read Review
By Heather Richardson -
On 8 January 1697, a young student at Edinburgh University, 20-year-old Thomas Aikenhead, was executed for blasphemy. This was the last execution in Britain for ...Read Review
By Andrew Taylor -
In this sequel to The Ashes of London, Taylor returns to London, rebuilding after the 1666 fire that destroyed much of the city. James ...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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