Historical Fiction

TO SHIELD THE QUEEN by Fiona Buckley

This book is the enticing first in a historical mystery series set in Tudor England at Queen Elizabeth’s court. Widowed gentlewoman Ursula Blanchard accepts a sensitive position guarding Lord Robert Dudley’s wife, who fears her husband will murder her in order to marry his beloved Elizabeth and win the English throne.

KING AND GODDESS by Judith Tarr

Set in ancient Egypt, this compelling story is a novelization of the true life of Hatshepsut, the famous female Pharoah who dressed and behaved as a man and called herself king. The hero of the book is Senenmut, the queen’s real-life scribe, lover, and tutor to her doomed young daughter Neferure.

THE CATER STREET HANGMAN by Anne Perry

In this Victorian-era mystery set in 1880s London, outspoken society spinster Charlotte Ellison is horrified when neighborhood women start turning up strangled, including her own maid. Working-class Inspector William Pitt undertakes an investigation of the crime, and becomes intrigued by Charlotte.

THE BOOK OF ELEANOR by Pamela Kaufman

Set in twelfth century France and England, this is a vivid and accessible retelling of the extraordinary life of Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife to two kings who were both allies and rivals, mother to two future Kings of England, plotter and politician extraordinaire, famed patron of the arts and a legendary beauty.

THOSE WHO HAUNT THE NIGHT by Barbara Hambly

This book was another amazing find from The Complete Idiot’s Ultimate Reading List. The story, by an author best known for her vivid fantasy novels, was a fascinating marriage of vampire horror and detective fiction, set in Victorian-era London.

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