17th Century

Doubting Thomas

By Heather Richardson - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

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

The Fire Court

By Andrew Taylor - Published 2018



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

Daughters of the Winter Queen: Four Remarkable Sisters and the Enduring Legacy of Mary, Queen of Scots

By Nancy Goldstone - Published 2018



Elizabeth, Louise, Henrietta, and Sophia were the four daughters of Elizabeth Stuart, Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I of England, and granddaughter ...Read Review

Crimes & Criminals of 17th Century Britain

By Daniel J Codd - Published 2018



17th-century Britain was an extremely lawless place.  All Europe was lawless.  Some historians attribute this to climate change (‘The Little Ice Age’), others ...Read Review

The Dark Side of Samuel Pepys: Society’s First Sex Offender

By Geoffrey Pimm - Published 2018



Samuel Pepys was a high-ranking, hard-working civil servant, music lover, bibliophile, theatre goer and persistent sex offender, ranging from extreme sexual harassment to ...Read Review

The Soldier’s Return

By Laura Libricz - Published 2017



Germany, 1636, and the Thirty Years’ War is raging in central Europe between Protestants and Catholics. It is also dividing the loyalties of people ...Read Review

Reign of the Marionettes

By Sheena MacLeod - Published 2016


This historically charged novel takes place during the late 17thcentury counter-reformation under Charles II. The Duke of York, his heir, has converted to ...Read Review

The Cardinal’s Man

By M. G. Sinclair - Published 2017


Biographical Fiction

With this book we are back in 17th-century France, with Louis XIII on the throne. He became king at the age of eight ...Read Review

Peculiar Ground

By Lucy Hughes-Hallett - Published 2017Published 2018


Set in both the 1660s and the 1960s, this debut novel explores the workings of a fictional English manor house called Wychwood. In ...Read Review

Black Robe

By Brian Moore - Published 2017Published c1985



The black robe of the title is a Jesuit missionary, Father Laforgue, who arrives in 17th– century French Canada hoping for martyrdom among ...Read Review

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