Renaissance

Hue and Cry

By Shirley McKay - Published 2009

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

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

Tomato Rhapsody

By Adam Schell - Published 2009

Genres:

Literary

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

The Sting of Justice

By Cora Harrison - Published 2009

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

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

The Devil’s Queen: A Novel of Catherine de Medici

By Jeanne Kalogridis - Published 2009

Genres:

Biographical Fiction

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

The Promise

By T.J. Bennett - Published 2009

Genres:

Romance

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

Sacred Hearts

By Sarah Dunant - Published 2009

Genres:

Literary

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

The Nostradamus Prophecy

By Theresa Breslin - Published 2009

Genres:

Adventure

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

The Smile

By Donna Jo Napoli - Published 2008

Genres:

Children/Young Adult

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

Apology For The Woman Writing

By Jenny Diski - Published 2008

Genres:

Biographical FictionLiterary

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

Garlands of Gold

By Rosalind Laker - Published 2008

Genres:

Romance

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