Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

No Will but His

By Sarah A. Hoyt - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

Of all Henry VIII’s wives, perhaps none is so equally dismissed and pitied as Katherine Howard, the child bride executed for her ...Read Review

The Confessions of Catherine de Medici

By C.W. Gortner - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

Catherine de Medici came to the French court as a reluctant princess: young and naive, and yet somehow she knew her destiny was ...Read Review

Between Two Queens

By Kate Emerson - Published 2010


Biographical FictionRomanceSaga

When you are lady in waiting to three of Henry VIII’s queens, there is a very fine line you must walk in ...Read Review

The Creation of Eve

By Lynn Cullen - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

The Creation of Eve is Cullen’s first foray into adult fiction, and it is quite a promising beginning. The story starts in ...Read Review

The Sonnets

By Warwick Collins - Published 2009Published 2010


In 1592, young playwright William Shakespeare was forced on hiatus out of London due to threats of the plague. Returning to the patronage of ...Read Review

Secrets of the Tudor Court

By D.L. Bogdan - Published 2010


Biographical Fiction

This is another Tudor novel, this time seen from the perspective of Mary Howard, cousin and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn, and (briefly) wife ...Read Review

Till the Day Go Down

By Jen Black - Published 2009



The border country between England and Scotland is a lawless and dangerous place in the mid-16th century, so when Harry Wharton, travelling ...Read Review

Knight of Pleasure

By Margaret Mallory - Published 2009



Noblewomen of the early 1400s are accustomed to being political pawns in dynastic struggles. Isobel’s father wed her as a child to ...Read Review

By Fire, By Water

By Mitchell James Kaplan - Published 2010


Biographical FictionLiterary

In 1492, three events would change Iberia and change the world: Isabella and Ferdinand’s reconquest of Muslim Granada, the expulsion of the Jews ...Read Review

The Founding

By Cynthia Harrod-Eagles - Published 2010



Fifteenth-century England was a time of tremendous change. As the Wars of the Roses raged on, a new middle class emerged, comprised mainly ...Read Review