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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 Scarlet Contessa

by Jeanne Kalogridis

What Philippa Gregory has done for Tudor England, Jeanne Kalogridis does for Renaissance Italy. Her latest irresistible historical novel is about a countess whose passion and willfulness knew no bounds—Caterina...


The Lady's Slipper

by Deborah Swift

1660. King Charles II has returned from exile, but memories of the English Civil War still rankle. There are old scores to settle, and religious differences threaten to overturn a fragile peace. When Alice Ibbetson...


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...


The General's Mistress

by Jo Graham

Liberté, Egalité, Sensualité. . . .

As a spirit of change overturns Europe’s old order, strong-willed Elzelina Versfelt enters her own age of revolution. Married as a romantic young girl to a man who wanted...


The Eyes of Venice

by Alessandro Barbero

Venice at the end of the 1500s is an unforgiving city. The Doge rules with an iron fist and the Holy Office harbors suspicions about everything and everyone. Even the walls have eyes. The Republic of Venice...


The Lady in the Tower: A Novel

Queens of England #4

by Jean Plaidy

One of history’s most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the

legendary Jean Plaidy.

Young Anne Boleyn was not beautiful but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings...


The Silver Rose: A Novel

The Dark Queen Saga #3

by Susan Carroll

From Brittany’s fog-shrouded forests to the elegant dark heart of Paris’s royal court, one woman must challenge a country’s destiny–and her own dangerous fate.

France, 1585. She is the youngest and most...


Murder Most Royal: The Story of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard

The Tudor Saga #5

by Jean Plaidy

One powerful king. Two tragic queens.

In the court of Henry VIII, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Both were beautiful women, though very...


Madame Serpent: A Catherine de'

The Catherine De Medici Trilogy #1

by Jean Plaidy

Fourteen-year-old Catherine de' Medici arrives in Marseilles to marry Henry, Duke of Orleans, second son of the King of France. The brokenhearted Catherine has left her true love in Italy, forced into trading...


The Twelfth Enchantment: A Novel

by David Liss

Lucy Derrick is a young woman of good breeding and poor finances. After the death of her beloved father, she becomes the unwanted boarder of her tyrannical uncle, fending off marriage to a local mill owner....


The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr

Ladies in Waiting #2

by Sandra Byrd

What she sees in secret, she may not tell.

Mistress Juliana St. John is the lovely, forthright daughter of a prosperous knight’s family. Though all expect her to marry the son of her late father’s business...