Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Mad Monk of Gidleigh

By MICHAEL JECKS - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

Devon, England, 1323. A pregnant girl is found murdered. Her lover, a monk, flees. Is he the killer, or did fear make him run ...Read Review

The Changeling of Finnistuath

By Kate Horsley - Published 2004

Genres:

Epic

Set in medieval Ireland, The Changeling of Finnistuath is an in-depth look into the morass of hypocrisy and vulgarity that one calls civilization. ...Read Review

Heretic

By Bernard Cornwell - Published 2003

Genres:

Adventure

The novel opens in 1347 at the English siege of Calais. Thomas Hookton comes to join the fight. He is still recovering from wounds ...Read Review

Beauchamp Besieged

By Elaine Knighton - Published 2003

Genres:

Romance

In 1200 Ceridwen ap Morgan’s father arranges for her to wed her enemy, an English knight. She’d rather not, but there is ...Read Review

Wine of Violence

By Priscilla Royal - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

At 20 years old, Eleanor of Wynethorpe is young to be appointed Prioress of Tyndal, Order of Fontevraud, leader of both the monastery’s ...Read Review

The Snow Fox

By Susan Fromberg Schaeffer - Published 2003

Genres:

Saga

Schaeffer was inspired by the film “The Seven Samurai” to research medieval Japan, according to her web site. This book is one of ...Read Review

An Antic Disposition

By Alan Gordon - Published 2004

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

In the Black Forest in 1204, members of the Fool’s Guild are in hiding from the Pope, who wants to stop their meddling ...Read Review

The Hell Screen

By I. J. Parker - Published 2003

Genres:

Mystery/Crime

When you pick up this, the second case solved by nobleman Akitada Sugawara, be ready to be immersed in a world that’s ...Read Review

The Death of King Tsongor

By Laurent Gaudé - By trans. David Herman - Published 2003

Genres:

Children/Young AdultMystery/Crime

This story of bizarre family relations purports to be set in an African kingdom, but the story reads more like medieval myth. King ...Read Review

Danelaw

By Susan Squires - Published 2003

Genres:

FantasyRomance

Set during England’s Dark Ages in the 9th century, Danelaw is a fantasy romance combining elements of pagan powers and human passions. ...Read Review