HNR Issue 92 (May 2020)

Historical Novels Review | Issue 92, May 2020


By Daniel Kehlmann - Published 2020



Tyll Ulenspiegel was a German jester and trickster, and legend places his death in 1350. In this novel the German author Daniel Kehlmann has ...Read Review

Trailing the Hunter: A Novel of Misconception, Truth, and Love

By Heidi Eljarbo - Published 2019


Norway, 1661. Clara has been tracking notorious witch-hunter Angus Hill, hoping to stop his murderous accusations of witchcraft that have already left many innocent ...Read Review

Mistress Yale’s Diaries, The Glorious Return (The Yale Trilogy)

By David Ebsworth - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

On her return from Madras, Catherine Yale continues her diary recording the events, politics and people of 1690s London. Her husband, Elihu Yale, ...Read Review

Charity’s Choice

By Alexine Crawford - Published 2019



The English Civil War has yet to be won or lost, and while King Charles I is secure on the Isle of Wight ...Read Review

Fiona of Kinsale: A Tale of Irish Love, Battles and Secrets

By Antoinette Berthelotte - Published 2019


Fiona Gearaghty is growing up in Kinsale as Spain’s last Armada comes into port. Though she weds Thomas Lydon to conceal a ...Read Review

Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen (UK) / Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen (US)

By Alison Weir - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

This is a superb novel about a young queen who was the victim of powerful and ambitious persons around her. Neglected by her ...Read Review

Raphael, Painter in Rome

By Stephanie Storey - Published 2020


Biographical Fiction

Stephanie Storey follows up her stunning debut, Oil and Marble, a novel about the rivalry between Leonardo and Michelangelo, with another brilliant novel ...Read Review

Shadows of Hemlock (Apricots and Wolfsbane)

By K.M. Pohlkamp - Published 2019



Having betrayed those she holds dear, assassin Aselin Gavrell is faced not with the prestige and independence she imagined, but with a life ...Read Review

The Saracen’s Mark (The Jackdaw Mysteries)

By S. W. Perry - Published 2020



Despite its length (I don’t like books over 400 pages) I enjoyed this book, the third in Perry’s Mark series and to ...Read Review

On Wilder Seas: The Woman on the Golden Hind

By Nikki Marmery - Published 2020


Biographical FictionNautical

Most people have heard of Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe aboard the Golden Hind. It is less well-known that for nine ...Read Review