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By Suzannah Dunn -
Published 2014Published 2014-11-21
Narrated by 15-year-old Jane Seymour from the time her brother Edward brings home his bride Katherine, to when, less than three years later, ...Read Review
By Marlen Suyapa Bodden -
Sarah is the daughter of a slave and Mr Allen, an Alabama plantation owner. She plays with and shares lessons (illegally – slaves were ...Read Review
By Theresa Earenfight -
A survey of how queens acquired and used power and influence, and the changing nature of queenship is a topic needing more than ...Read Review
By Anna Whitelock -
Published 2013Published 2014
Elizabeth Tudor faced dangers all her life. She was frequently ill, had rival claimants to the throne, was afraid of assassination by English ...Read Review
By Diane Atkinson -
Caroline, granddaughter of the playwright Sheridan, marries George Norton and finds him to be violent and unpredictable. She was already a noted poet, ...Read Review
By Theresa Murphy -
Colm McFeeley comes from Ireland to undertake spying missions for King James’s army, facing Monmouth’s invading troops. To estimate numbers and ...Read Review
By Eliza Graham -
Almost the only history in this novel is in the title. It is a modern mystery with the origins going back to the ...Read Review
By T.D. Griggs -
Towards the end of the 19th century the young Frank Gray sees his mother assaulted and killed. Though he and his father soon ...Read Review
By Nigel Saul -
The subtitle is Chivalry in England, 1066-1500, but this book deals with the reality, not the romantic image of colourful knights trailing favours ...Read Review
By James McCreet -
One foggy night a man is murdered on Waterloo Bridge, when the toll keepers insist no one else was on the bridge. A ...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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