Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The King’s War

By Mark Logue - By Peter Conradi - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

After the success of The King’s Speech, both as a book and a film, Mark Logue (grandson of the speech therapist Lionel ...Read Review

Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England

By Kate Hubbard - Published 2018Published 2019

Genres:

Nonfiction

Devices and Desires explores the life of Bess of Hardwick and of her great building projects, especially the still-extant Hardwick Hall. It is ...Read Review

A Field Guide to the English Clergy: A Compendium of Diverse Eccentrics, Pirates, Prelates and Adventurers; All Anglican, Some Even Practising

By The Revd Fergus Butler-Gallie - Published 2018

Genres:

Nonfiction

This is a brief but utterly delightful and funny series of mini-biographies of English clergymen who exhibited a bewildering range of eccentric behaviour ...Read Review

Patriot or Traitor: The Life and Death of Sir Walter Ralegh

By Anna Beer - Published 2018

Genres:

Nonfiction

It’s said that good non-fiction should be as gripping as a tense murder-mystery. With this fascinating biography, Anna Beer has indeed met ...Read Review

Rome: A History in Seven Sackings

By Matthew Kneale - By Matthew Kneale (author) - Published 2018

Genres:

Nonfiction

Rome has been sacked more than seven times in its long history. The seven ‘sackings’ chosen by Matthew Kneale for this book include ...Read Review

Death March Escape: The Remarkable Story of a Man Who Twice Escaped the Nazi Holocaust

By Jack J Hersch - Published 2019

Genres:

Nonfiction

Although Death March Escape is a true-life story, it is structured like many historical novels in two time streams. The ‘historic’ stream concerns ...Read Review

An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew

By Annejet van der Zijl - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

Allene Tew embraced life with panache and fortitude, never allowing personal tragedies the chance to curtail her future. Before her story begins, there’...Read Review

Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the British Royal Household

By Adrian Tinniswood - Published 2018

Genres:

Nonfiction

Fascination with royalty has always existed but is perhaps at a high right now, particularly in the US, with the popularity of television ...Read Review

The King and the Catholics: England, Ireland, and the Fight for Religious Freedom, 1780-1829

By Antonia Fraser - Published 2018

Genres:

Nonfiction

In her latest historical non-fiction work, Antonia Fraser brilliantly brings attention to the struggles for emancipation and full citizenship by English and Irish ...Read Review

The Banker and the Blackfoot: An Untold Story of Friendship, Trust, and Broken Promises in the Old West

By J. Edward Chamberlin - Published 2018

Genres:

NonfictionWestern

In the late 19th century, the border separating Canada and the United States was largely ignored by American traders and the Blackfoot people. ...Read Review