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By Elizabeth Macneal -
Iris paints porcelain faces, ‘threads hair through the holes in the scalp, sometimes curls it with irons heated in the coals,’ in Mrs ...Read Review
By Nicky Moxey -
This story of Wimer, a little known 12th-century churchman, is inspired by field archaeology. Nicky Moxey is the proud discoverer of the Priory ...Read Review
By Andrew Smith -
The speech at the focal point of this novel is Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘Rivers of Blood’ speech – ‘I am filled with foreboding; ...Read Review
By Catherine Kullmann -
The theme of Catherine Kullmann’s debut Regency novel is ‘Marry in haste, repent at leisure’. Olivia Frobisher’s comfortable life is thrown ...Read Review
By Toby Venables -
This re-imagining of the Robin Hood legends is fixed firmly in 1191 – King Richard away on crusade, Prince John plotting at home, Hood hiding ...Read Review
By Elizabeth Chadwick -
Published 2013Published 2014 (US)
Elizabeth Chadwick writing Eleanor of Aquitaine is an enticing prospect. In earlier Chadwick books, Eleanor has been the subject of vignettes. This is ...Read Review
By Bernard Cornwell -
I do not generally read series of books, but I do read the Uhtred books, and greet each one with pleasure. It inevitably ...Read Review
By William Osborne -
The exciting premise of this book is to take two German children who have escaped the Nazis and send them back into harm’...Read Review
By Philippa Gregory -
First in a series for young adults, Changeling follows Luca, an Italian orphan adopted by the Church, and his investigations into supernatural happenings. ...Read Review
By Ann Turnbull -
This final book in Ann Turnbull’s Quaker trilogy sees Will and Susanna leave behind the troubles and abuse of the Old World ...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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