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Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books
By Charmaine Craig -
Published 2002Published 2003-03-04
In 1320, the Inquisition asked Grazida Lizier, a young widow from Montaillou, France, to testify about her views of God and Satan, as well ...Read Review
By Sharon Kay Penman -
A new Penman novel is always cause for celebration. To many, her story will be familiar, but Penman has the gift of presenting ...Read Review
By Sharan Newman -
In 12th century France, Catherine LeVendeur and her husband Edgar are recovering from the loss of a newborn child when duty calls. A ...Read Review
By Poul Anderson -
Gunnhild, the daughter of a Norse chieftain, learns the ways of power early in life. Taught the art of spellcasting from a Finnish ...Read Review
By Kanan Makiya -
In seventh century Jerusalem, the Dome of the Rock, the first monument to Islam, is conceived and built. The Rock’s history from ...Read Review
By Eric Mayer - By Mary Reed -
It is 539 A.D. An eight-year-old boy who is being held as a diplomatic hostage by Emperor Justinian and his wife, the treacherous ...Read Review
By Juilene Osborne-McKnight -
This is Osborne-McKnight’s second foray into the world of Celtic storytelling (I Am of Irelaunde, Issue 12). An accomplished folklorist, the author has ...Read Review
By Francine Rivers -
Francine Rivers concludes her five-volume Lineage of Grace series with the inspiring life of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. As with the previous ...Read Review
By Gerald N. Lund -
In a tumultuous Jerusalem, a few weeks after the Romans failed to eliminate the anti-Roman Zealots, the summer of AD 30 seethes with political ...Read Review
By H.N. Turteltaub -
With all due respect to Homer, nautical adventure tales have studiously ignored the Ancients in favor of a prolonged love affair with the ...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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