Original features from our print magazines.

Infectious Diseases in History and the 1918 Pandemic

Recent world events may have led historical novelists to consider depicting epidemic disease in their novels.  I found some websites that provide good ...Read Article

New books by Historical Novel Society members, August 2020

The HNS congratulates all of our author members on their new releases! If you’ve written a historical novel or nonfiction work published (...Read Article

Towards Beauty: Stephanie Storey’s Raphael, Painter in Rome

WRITTEN BY LUCINDA BYATT Raffaello Santi of Urbino died in Rome, 500 years ago, aged just 37. His artistic genius is being celebrated there in ...Read Article

New Voices: Molly Aitken, Finola Austin, Gretchen Berg & Katie Hutton

WRITTEN BY MYFANWY COOK The ‘undercroft’ of history and its events, people, & places are revealed through the writing of novelists Molly Aitken, ...Read Article

History & Film: Creature Feature: The Historical Fantasy of Ray Harryhausen

WRITTEN BY BETHANY LATHAM I share with Ray Harryhausen a fascination with creatures, especially dinosaurs, and a birthday – 29 June 2020 would have been his 100...Read Article

Capturing Senses: The Sound of the Middle Ages

WRITTEN BY TRACEY WARR Historical novelists draw on a wide range of research to help them touch the past and create credible fictional ...Read Article

Negotiating History & Imagination: Sue Monk Kidd’s The Book of Longings

WRITTEN BY JOHN KACHUBA Sue Monk Kidd is the author of the best-selling The Secret Life of Bees (2001) and several other notable works. ...Read Article

What’s in a Name?: Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet Will Make You Think Again about Hamlet

WRITTEN BY LUCINDA BYATT Maggie O’Farrell’s latest novel was launched on Twitter during the lockdown. However, when the Hay Festival (normally ...Read Article

Truth Cast into Symbol and Metaphor: Hilary Mantel’s The Mirror and the Light

WRITTEN BY RICHARD LEE There are three main criticisms of Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell novels. The first, that her style is confusing; ...Read Article

Behind the Headliners: Mrs. Lincoln’s Sisters by Jennifer Chiaverini

For author Jennifer Chiaverini, one of the great joys of writing historical fiction is the opportunity to bring little-known or forgotten historical figures ...Read Article

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