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By Nick Rennison -
London, 1871. Adam Carver, traveller, photographer and sometime intelligencer, is asked by a friend from the Foreign Office to find Dolly Delaney, a West ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Massie -
This is the novelisation of the BBC2 drama series Versailles. Ostensibly about the building of the palace, it in fact takes all the ...Read Review
By Nicola Pryce -
Cornwall attracts romantic novelists; strong passions amid dramatic scenery and wild weather. Cornish historical romances tend to be set in the late 18th ...Read Review
By Robert Fabbri -
AD 58. Nero is Emperor of Rome and ruling a terrified empire. No one is safe, not even his wife, Claudia Octavia. There is ...Read Review
By Antonia Senior -
This book covers the story of Somerled, the first Lord of the Isles, and the constant battles between the inhabitants of Scotland’s ...Read Review
By Lisa Hilton -
This novel, about Isabelle of Angoulême, King John’s second wife, is very well written, and Lisa Hilton has obviously done a ...Read Review
By Vanessa Tait -
Vanessa Tait is the great-granddaughter of Alice Liddell, the Alice of Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. In her childhood ...Read Review
By Cesca Major -
On 10 June 1944, the village of Oradour-sur-Glane was targeted by the SS. The shocking ordeal which followed forms the climax of this remarkable novel. ...Read Review
By Antonia Senior -
Henrietta Challoner, called Hen, is a highly educated young girl who prefers education over the traditional role for women of her day. Living ...Read Review
By Tony Barlow -
Published 2013Published 2014
Babayaga is in some sense an historical novel, in that it is set in Paris in the late 1950s at the height of ...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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