The Sultan’s Harem

By Colin Falconer - Published 2004



Previously pub. in the UK in 1992 as Harem, out of print Colin Falconer can write; I have reviewed him in this space before. ...Read Review

1634: The Galileo Affair

By Andrew Dennis - By Eric Flint - Published 2004


Historical Fantasy

This is the third year since the Ring of Fire, the catastrophic event dropping an American town with its inhabitants into seventeenth century ...Read Review

Cupid and the Silent Goddess

By Alan Fisk - Published 2003


In 1544, Duke Cosimo de’ Medici of Florence commissioned the artist Bronzino to paint a gift for King François I of France.  The ...Read Review

Lucrezia Borgia and the Mother of Poisons

By Roberta Gellis - Published 2003


Biographical FictionMystery/Crime

In this, the first in a new series by the famed romance writer turned historical mystery writer, Lucrezia Borgia is, of all things, ...Read Review

The Golden Thread

By Louis de Wohl - Published 2001 (c1952)



       Louis de Wohl produces another masterpiece by vividly bringing to life not only the life of Inigo de Loyola, a Spanish soldier injured ...Read Review

The Pirate Queen

By Alan Gold - Published 2003


Biographical Fiction

          If not for Irish bards and poets and occasional legal documents, we might not know about the legendary pirate queen who threatened the ...Read Review

As Above, So Below

By Rudy Rucker - Published 2002


Biographical Fiction

       Rucker has written an engrossing and affecting novel about the great painter Peter Bruegel. The book is divided into 16 vignettes, each of which ...Read Review

Captain from Castile

By Samuel Shellabarger - Published 2002



The novel begins in 1518. At nineteen, Pedro de Vargas is about to enter Spanish society as a young caballero. Over the next few ...Read Review

Prince of Foxes

By Samuel Shellabarger - Published 2002



Renaissance Italy is a crazy-quilt of independent city-states; a hotbed of intrigue – and no family epitomizes the era more than the notorious Borgias. ...Read Review

Lucrezia Borgia

By John Faunce - Published 2002


Biographical Fiction

For Lucrezia Borgia, daughter of a Roman Cardinal and his beloved mistress, life changes for the worse when her father is elevated to ...Read Review