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The King's Spy

Thomas Hill Trilogy #1

by Andrew Swanston

Summer, 1643

England is at war with itself. King Charles I has fled London, his negotiations with Parliament in tatters. The country is consumed by bloodshed.

For Thomas Hill, a man of letters quietly running...


Blood Royal

by Harold Robbins & Junius Podrug

Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales, was an ordinary young woman who was picked to be the future queen. Her wedding was a worldwide sensation. But she was deceived and betrayed before the honeymoon was...


The King's Exile

Twilight of a Queen

The Dark Queen Saga #5

by Susan Carroll

As war and treachery loom, an ambitious man’s mission threatens to topple two dazzling realms and their formidable rulers: Catherine de Medici, the Dark Queen, and Ariane, the Lady of Faire Isle.

It is 1588,...


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...


The Gilded Lily

by Deborah Swift

A spellbinding historical novel of beauty and greed and surprising redemption

 

England, 1660. Ella Appleby believes she is destined for better things than slaving as a housemaid and dodging the blows of her...


The Chronicles of Downton Abbey

by Matthew Sturgis, Jessica Fellowes & Julian Fellowes

The Great War has ended, but Downton Abbey is far from peaceful... "Americans can't get enough of 'Downton Abbey,'" said The Boston Globe. As Season 3 of the award-winning TV series opens, it is 1920 and...


The Unfaithful Queen

by Carolly Erickson

From New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII, a novel about Catherine Howard, wife of Henry's later years Amid the turbulent, faction-ridden late reign of the fearsome Henry, eager...


Shadow Patriots

by Lucia St. Clair Robson

In July of 1776, the American colonies are ablaze with passion. In the streets, those who would be free boldly read aloud the newly written Declaration of Independence. It is a cry of freedom, but it is also...


A Place of Greater Safety

by Hilary Mantel

The story of three young provincials of no great heritage who together helped to destroy a way of life and, in the process, destroyed themselves: Camille Desmoulins, bisexual and beautiful, charming, erratic,...


The Giant, O'Brien

by Hilary Mantel

New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

 

London, 1782: center of science and commerce, home to the newly rich and the desperately poor. In the midst of it all...


At the Mercy of the Queen

by Anne Clinard Barnhill

A sweeping tale of sexual seduction and intrigue at the court of Henry VIII, At the Mercy of the Queen is a rich and dramatic debut historical about Madge Shelton, cousin and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.

At...


The Favored Queen

by Carolly Erickson

From The New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII, who married him only days after the execution of Anne...


The Daughter of Siena

by Marina Fiorato

Amid the intrigue and danger of 18th-century Italy, a young woman becomes embroiled in romance and treachery with a rider in the Palio, the breathtaking horse race set in Siena....It’s 1729, and the Palio,...


As Above, So Below

by Rudy Rucker

Peter Bruegel's paintings---a peasant wedding in a barn, hunters in the snow, a rollicking street festival, and many others---have long defined our idea of everyday life in sixteenth century Europe. They are...


The Heretic's Wife

by Brenda Rickman Vantrease

From the bestselling author of The Illuminator comes a magnificent tale about the power of love and the perils of faith

Tudor England is a perilous place for booksellers Kate Gough and her brother John, who...


The Devil's Queen

by Jeanne Kalogridis

From Jeanne Kalogridis, the bestselling author of I, Mona Lisa and The Borgia Bride, comes a new novel that tells the passionate story of a queen who loved not wisely . . . but all too well.

Confidante of Nostradamus,...


Rival to the Queen

by Carolly Erickson

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a novel about the bitter rivalry between Queen Elizabeth I and her fascinating cousin, Lettice Knollys, for the love of one extraordinary...


Rebels and Traitors

by Lindsey Davis

An epic novel of the turbulent English Civil War seen through the lives of those that fought for peace and struggled for love

Set against the terrible struggle of the English Civil War, Rebels and Traitors is...


When Christ and His Saints Slept

Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine #1

by Sharon Kay Penman

In When Christ and His Saints Slept, the newest addition to her highly acclaimed novels of the middle ages, and the first of a trilogy that will tell the story of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, master storyteller...