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The Glass Woman

by Caroline Lea

Shortlisted for the Historical Writers Association Debut Crown Award

In the tradition of Jane Eyre and RebeccaThe Glass Woman by Caroline Lea in which a young woman follows her new husband to his remote...


The Chocolate Maker's Wife

by Karen Brooks

Australian bestselling novelist Karen Brooks rewrites women back into history with this breathtaking novel set in 17th century London—a lush, fascinating story of the beautiful woman who is drawn into a world...


The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

by Imogen Hermes Gowar

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for FictionA Refinery 29 Favorite Book of the Year • A Booklist Top 10 First Novels of the Year • A People Best Book of the Fall

“Wonderful… completely...


The Queen's Prophet

by Dawn Patitucci

Inspired by Velázquez’s baroque masterpiece, Las Meninas, The Queen’s Prophet is an imagined account of the dwarfess Maribarbola of Spain (featured prominently in Velázquez’s painting) and her struggle...


The Lily and the Lion

The Accursed Kings #6

by Maurice Druon

‘This was the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin

The royal house of France has fallen. Charles IV is dead, fulfilling the curse of the Templars once and for all. This leaves the path to the throne...


The She-Wolf

The Accursed Kings #5

by Maurice Druon

“This is the original Game of Thrones.” George R.R. Martin.

Charles IV is now king of France and his sister is Edward II of England’s Queen. Having been imprisoned by Edward as leader of the rebellious...


Victus

by Albert Sánchez Piñol, Daniel Hahn & Thomas Bunstead

A #1 international bestseller reminiscent of the works of Roberto Bolaño, Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Edward Rutherford—a page-turning historical epic, set in early eighteenth-century Spain, about a military mastermind...


The Miniaturist

by Jessie Burton

Now a television miniseries, as seen on Masterpiece on PBS

Set in seventeenth century Amsterdam—a city ruled by glittering wealth and oppressive religion—a masterful debut steeped in atmosphere and shimmering...


The Story of Land and Sea

by Katy Simpson Smith

Set in a small coastal town in North Carolina during the waning years of the American Revolution, this incandescent debut novel follows three generations of family—fathers and daughters, mother and son, master...


The Poisoned Crown

The Accursed Kings #3

by Maurice Druon

“This is the original Game of Thrones.” George R.R. Martin.

No man is impervious to the poisons of the crown…

Having murdered his wife and exiled his mistress, King Louis X of France becomes besotted with...


The Strangled Queen

The Accursed Kings #2

by Maurice Druon

“This is the original Game of Thrones.” George R.R. Martin.

The King is dead. Long live the King.

With King Philip IV dead, and the Kingdom left in disarray, as the fatal curse of the Templars plagues the...


The Iron King

The Accursed Kings #1

by Maurice Druon

‘This is the original game of thrones’ George R.R. Martin

From the publishers that brought you A Game of Thrones comes the series that inspired George R.R. Martin’s epic work.

France became a great nation...


The Queen's Gamble

Thornleigh #4

by Barbara Kyle

Young Queen Elizabeth I's path to the throne has been a perilous one, and already she faces a dangerous crisis. French troops have landed in Scotland to quell a rebel Protestant army, and Elizabeth fears once...


I, Iago

by Nicole Galland

“Nicole Galland is exceptionally well versed in the fine nuances of storytelling.”

St. Petersburg Times

“Galland has an exceptional gift.”

—Neal Stephenson

The critically acclaimed author of The Fool's...


A Ship for the King

by Richard Woodman

A thrilling maritime adventure, the first in a new series set against the backdrop of the English Civil War - Bristol, England, 1618. Kit Faulkner is a young vagrant orphan, but his life changes forever when...


The King's Agent

by Donna Russo Morin

To the casual observer, Battista della Paglia is an avid art collector, or perhaps a nimble thief. In reality, the cunning Italian is an agent for François, the King of France, for whom he procures the greatest...


By the King's Design

by Christine Trent

Strong-willed Annabelle Stirling is more than capable of running the family draper shop after the untimely death of her parents. Under her father's tutelage, she became a talented cloth merchant, while her brother...


A Corruptible Crown

by Gillian Bradshaw

The compelling sequel to the English Civil War novel London in Chains - It is 1648, and the Civil War has been resurrected by a king still determined to be an absolute ruler and a parliament unable to agree...


The Queen's Captive

Thornleigh #3

by Barbara Kyle

England, 1554. In the wake of the failed Wyatt Rebellion, a vengeful Queen Mary has ordered all conspirators captured and executed. Among the imprisoned is her own sister, twenty-one-year-old Princess Elizabeth....


The Life of an Amorous Man

by Saikaku Ihara

First published in 1682, The Life of an Amorous Man depicts the pursuits and follies of the glorious age of old Japan, when the new bourgeoisie, unfettered by the societal constraints of the traditional aristocracy,...