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By Shirley McKay -
St. Andrews, Scotland, 1579. A young lawyer, Hew Cullen, returns home from France. His welcome home is lukewarm even from his family. He finds ...Read Review
By Adam Schell -
Set in 16th-century Italy, this first novel by Adam Schell is advertised as “a fable of love, lust and forbidden fruit.” In it, ...Read Review
By Cora Harrison -
Mara, the Brehon judge, attends the funeral of a local priest little expecting that his will not be the only dead body in ...Read Review
By Jeanne Kalogridis -
Catherine de Medici is perhaps one of the most maligned women in history. It appears, however, in Kalogridis’s deft interpretation of Catherine’...Read Review
By T.J. Bennett -
As a teen, Alonsa falls in love with Miguel, a Gypsy living on her merchant father’s land. When she realizes that she ...Read Review
By Sarah Dunant -
In Renaissance Italy the Council of Trent moves to purge convent life of the contamination of the outside world, the Counter-Reformation imposing further ...Read Review
By Theresa Breslin -
Sixteenth-century France, a country divided by sectarian hatred: Protestant Huguenots versus Catholics. The weak King Charles is ruled by his mother, the formidable ...Read Review
By Donna Jo Napoli -
The Smile is the next title in Donna Jo Napoli’s growing list of young adult novels. Many of her previous retellings offered ...Read Review
By Jenny Diski -
France in the 16th century. Marie de Gournay is a self-educated “difficult” child whose life is centred in her dead father’s library ...Read Review
By Rosalind Laker -
Set in 17th-century Rotterdam, this is the tale of Saskia, a lady’s maid to a wealthy merchant’s wife. Saskia’s real ...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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