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By Jonathan Keates -
The joint monarchy of William III and Mary II was a dramatic period of change in Britain and that drama started from the ...Read Review
By Richard Barber -
Henry II ruled from 1154 to 1189, and there was a long stretch of peace in England during his reign. This miniature biography in the ...Read Review
By David Womersley -
The shortness of the reign of James II would seem to fit this short book perfectly but there are a lot of events ...Read Review
By Jane Ridley -
This compact biography of Queen Victoria, part of the Penguin Monarchs series, covers the whole length of her life, from her birth, as ...Read Review
By Andrew Roberts -
This is a remarkable biography of Napoleon Bonaparte, a man considered one of the greatest military strategists and rulers in the in the ...Read Review
By Vic Gatrell -
Published 2013Published 2014
Vic Gatrell’s The First Bohemians is both entertaining and erudite. A detailed discussion of the artists and community that worked in and ...Read Review
By Neil MacGregor -
William Shakespeare’s world was in flux, and he embraced those rapid changes in his works. We can use contemporary histories or art ...Read Review
By Guo Jian (trans.) - By Stacy Mosher (trans.) - By Yang Jisheng -
This extraordinary and important book is based on 20 years of research on the horrific failure of the Great Leap Forward in China in ...Read Review
By Stephen Alford -
Several recent nonfiction books have delved into the thorny subject of Sir Francis Walsingham, his dedication to Queen Elizabeth I, and ruthless pursuit ...Read Review
By Orlando Figes -
Lev and Sveta meet in 1935 in the Physics program at Moscow University, but the German invasion in the summer of 1941 halts their burgeoning ...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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