Reviews

Reviews of some 15,000 historical fiction books

On Leopard Rock: A Life of Adventures

By Wilbur Smith - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

The popular historical novelist and adventure writer Wilbur Smith, now in his eighties, has finally told his own story. On Leopard Rock is ...Read Review

In Byron’s Wake: The Turbulent Lives of Lord Byron’s Wife and Daughter: Annabella Milbanke and Ada Lovelace

By Miranda Seymour - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

Seymour tells the stories of Annabella Milbanke’s short-lived marriage to Byron, and of their daughter, Ada. We are gripped by the spectacle ...Read Review

To Catch a King: Charles II’s Great Escape

By Charles Spencer - Published 2017

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Nonfiction

In 1649 King Charles I was beheaded in a sad climax to his struggle with Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan government. His eldest son, Charles, ...Read Review

Meg, Jo, Beth, Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why It Still Matters

By Anne Boyd Rioux - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

One of the most famous opening lines in literature: “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents.” belongs to one of the best-loved ...Read Review

Tough Mothers: Amazing Stories of History’s Mightiest Matriarchs

By Jason Porath - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

This handsome book presents fifty vignettes (two to five pages each) about courageous mothers. Some are recent and well known—Sojourner Truth, Bella ...Read Review

The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

By Andrew Lawler - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

Sir Walter Raleigh is given a charter by Elizabeth I, and in 1587, 115 English colonists land on Roanoke Island on what is now the ...Read Review

The Ascent of John Tyndall: Victorian Scientist, Mountaineer, and Public Intellectual

By Roland Jackson - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

Though lesser-known than his contemporaries – Faraday, Huxley, Kelvin, Carlyle, and Pasteur – John Tyndall is becoming recognized for achievements in science and other areas. ...Read Review

The Once and Future Queen: Guinevere in Arthurian Legend

By Nicole Evelina - Published 2017

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Nonfiction

This is a survey of the treatment of Guinevere, King Arthur’s queen, as she appears in literature from the earliest references in ...Read Review

Heroines of the Medieval World

By Sharon Bennett Connolly - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

As slightly more than half of the human population, women have always had an integral role in history. But that role has been ...Read Review

The Road to Dawn: Josiah Henson and the Story that Sparked the Civil War

By Jared A. Brock - Published 2018

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Nonfiction

In 1830, after 41 years in slavery, Josiah Henson fled Kentucky with his wife and four children, walking 600 miles and finding freedom on Canadian soil. ...Read Review