Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

The Maiden and the Unicorn

By Isolde Martyn - Published 1999



During the turbulent period now known as the Wars of the Roses, Marjorie of Warwick finds herself caught between love and loyalty, wed ...Read Review

The Difficult Saint: A Catherine Levendeur Mystery (Catherine Levendeur Mysteries)

By Sharan Newman - Published 1999



In this, the sixth Catherine LeVendeur mystery, Sharan Newman transports us to France in 1146. Catherine, a worthy heroine who is constantly finding – although ...Read Review

A Mortal Bane

By Roberta Gellis - Published 1999



Gellis, acclaimed author of The Roselynde Chronicles, shifts gears dramatically in this, her first medieval mystery. We are introduced to Southwark and London ...Read Review

The Kings in Winter

By Cecelia Holland - Published 2000



In 999 AD, Brian Boru, the King of Munster, destroyed the army of his hereditary enemy, the King of Leinster.  After the victory, Brian ...Read Review

I Am of Irelaunde: A Novel of Patrick and Osian

By Juilene Osborne-McKnight - Published 2000



Returning at age forty to the place of his enslavement by Irish slave traders at the age of sixteen, Patrick struggles to understand ...Read Review

The Words of Bernfrieda: A Chronicle of Hauteville

By Gabriella Brooke - Published 1999


Biographical Fiction

“The past is interesting only when it foreshadows greatness,” explains the monk Gaufredus Malaterra to this novel’s narrator, Bernfrieda, who questions why ...Read Review

Awen: A Novel of Early Medieval Wales

By Susan Mayse - Published 1997


Biographical FictionEpic

May 4th, 793 AD.  Cynfarch mab Cadeyrn Penllyn, called Brys, appears for trial in the court of his foster father, Brochfael King of Powys. ...Read Review