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By Gregory Dowling -
The Four Horsemen is the second in a series of books following the adventures of Alvise Marango, an 18th-century Venetian tourist guide and ...Read Review
By Mark Noce -
Wales, 597 AD. The marriage of 16-year-old Lady Branwen, the only legitimate child of Vortigern, the King of Dyfed, to Morgan, the King of ...Read Review
By Rebecca Rideal -
Rideal, editor of “The History Vault,” calls 1666 the most devastating year in English history. The restored monarchy was at war with the Dutch ...Read Review
By James MacManus -
What can I say about this book except that it ticks all the right boxes? It is a spy thriller with: – a tightly ...Read Review
By Sophie Perinot -
Marguerite de Valois, daughter of France’s King Henri II and Catherine de Médicis, grows up within the pages of this panoramic ...Read Review
By Marci Jefferson -
In 17th-century France, during the early reign of King Louis XIV, one of Cardinal Mazarin’s seven nieces captured the young king’s ...Read Review
By Ben Elton -
Published 2014 (UK)Published 2015 (US)
It is Christmas 2024 and ex-SAS operative turned social media celebrity, Hugh “Guts” Stanton (think Bear Grylls), is approached by a secretive group of ...Read Review
By Livi Michael -
Published 2014 (UK & Can)Published 2015 (US)
Succession is a powerfully written account of the 15th-century Wars of the Roses, when the House of Lancaster struggled with their cousins, the ...Read Review
By Peter Ackroyd -
In Civil War, the third instalment of his ambitious attempt to write a history of England akin to Macaulay, Peter Ackroyd covers the ...Read Review
By Louisa Treger -
Sometimes one can judge a book by its cover. The content of Louisa Treger’s debut is just as exquisitely formed as the ...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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