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Best Novel Lists and Reviewer Profiles

Best Historical Novels 2014 and 2008-2013 by Margaret Donsbach
The 35 Best Historical Novels for a Survey of Ancient Greek History by David Maclaine
The 50 Best Historical Novels for a Survey of Ancient Roman History by David Maclaine
The 45 Best Historical Novels Set in the Viking Age by David Maclaine
Historical Fiction Picks From 2009 by Annis
Reviewer Profile: Annis
Reviewer Profile: Sue Gillmor

Travel by Novel

The "Travel by Novel" section is for readers who like to read about a place they're planning to visit - or for those who want to visit vicariously through the pages of a book. If you're planning a visit to somewhere that isn't yet listed, use the Contact Form to let me know - with luck, I may be able to create a page for your destination in time for your trip!

Travel by Novel: Austria and Vienna
Travel by Novel: Ireland
Travel by Novel: Morocco
Travel by Novel: New Orleans
Travel by Novel: Paris
Travel by Novel: San Antonio
Travel by Novel: Washington D.C.


Boudica: Celtic War Queen Who Challenged Rome by Margaret Donsbach at (this article originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Military History magazine; for a bibliography of sources, click here)

The Children of Franco's Orphanages by C.J. Sansom, author of Winter in Madrid

Following van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise by Sheramy Bundrick, author of Sunflowers

Gifts for Historical Fiction Fans

Icelandic Saga by David Maclaine

Istanbul: First Impressions by Frances Kazan, author of The Dervish

Green World/Stone World: The Two Worlds of Joan of Arc by Margaret Donsbach (this article originally appeared in the Spring 2008 issue of Black Night)

Hildegard of Bingen: A Music of Light by Margaret Donsbach

Historical Novels about Artists: Part I (prehistoric times through the 17th century) by Margaret Donsbach

Historical Novels about Artists: Part II (the 18th and 19th centuries) by Margaret Donsbach

Imagining the Past in Paris by Thad Carhart, author of Across the Endless River

The Historical Novels of Lion Feuchtwanger by Margaret Donsbach

Historical Novels Set in Medieval Sicily by Margaret Donsbach

Mary Renault by Linda Proud, author of A Tabernacle for the Sun

The Old "Loller" Woman: Violence and Death in Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall by Erwin Biener

Peter van Pels by Sharon Dogar, author of Annexed

Rosemary Sutcliff by Annis

Sacagawea: The Seduction of Mythology, the Paucity of Facts by Thad Carhart, author of Across the Endless River

The Scholar's Supernova by Margaret Donsbach at the Aramco World magazine's website (this article about Ali Ibn Ridwan and the supernova of 1006 originally appeared in the July/August 2006 issue)

A Story I Didn't Tell by Maryka Biaggio, author of Parlor Games

Tales of Niagara Falls by Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still

Author Interviews

Annamaria Alfieri (Patricia King), author of City of Silver, July 31, 2009
Susanne Alleyn, author of The Cavalier of the Apocalypse, Aug. 10, 2009
Susanne Alleyn, author of Palace of Justice, November 25, 2010
Debra Austin, author of Daughter of Kura, September 14, 2009

Andrei Baltakmens, author of The Raven's Seal, November 2, 2012
Madison Smartt Bell, author of Devils Dream, November 4, 2009
Katharine Beutner, author of Alcestis, March 24, 2010
Jesse Blackadder, author of The Raven's Heart, Septemer 11, 2012
David Blixt, author of The Master of Verona, March 9, 2009
Paula Brackston, author of The Witch's Daughter, January 19, 2011
Cathy Marie Buchanan, author of The Day the Falls Stood Still, 8/25/09
Michael Byers, author of Percival's Planet, September 14, 2010

Thad Carhart, author of Across the Endless River, October 14, 2009
Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Greatest Knight, September 25, 2009
Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Scarlet Lion, March 1, 2010
Barbara Chase-Riboud, author of Sally Hemings, February 17, 2010
Clare Clark, author of Savage Lands, March 10, 2010
Paula Marantz Cohen, author of What Alice Knew, September 11, 2010
Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille, April 20, 2010
Libby Cone, author of War on the Margins, July 4, 2009
Donna Woolfolk Cross, author of Pope Joan, July 9, 2009

Lindsey Davis, author of Rebels and Traitors, January 27, 2010
Catherine Delors, author of For the King, July 9, 2010
Ruth Downie, author of Persona Non Grata, July 2, 2009
Stephanie Dray, author of Lily of the Nile, January 5, 2011
Carola Dunn, author of Sheer Folly, September 17, 2009

Chris Eboch, author of The Well of Sacrifice, January 17, 2011
India Edghill, author of Delilah, December 8, 2009
Erica Eisdorfer, author of The Wet Nurse's Tale, August 7, 2009
Anna Elliott, author of Twilight of Avalon, May 4, 2009
Carolly Erickson, author of Rival to the Queen, September 29, 2010
Eva Etzioni-Halevy, author of The Triumph of Deborah, November 5, 2009
Mary Fahnestock-Thomas, editor of Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective, February 20, 2010
Marina Fiorato, author of The Botticelli Secret, March 31, 2010
Irene Fleming, author of The Edge of Ruin, May 17, 2010

Alan Gordon, author of The Parisian Prodigal, February 1, 2010
C.W. Gortner, author of The Queen's Vow, June 13, 2012
C.W. Gortner, author of The Tudor Secret, January 26, 2011
C.W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici,
May 26, 2010
C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen, May 5, 2009
Philippa Gregory, author of The White Queen, August 18, 2009
Sandra Gulland, author of Mistress of the Sun, April 20, 2009
Sandra Gulland, author of The Shadow Queen, April 12, 2014

Steven F. Havill, author of Race for the Dying, October 3, 2009
Susan Higginbotham, author of The Traitor's Wife, April 8, 2009
Susan Higginbotham, author of Hugh and Bess, August 3, 2009
Alice Hoffman, author of The Red Garden, February 14, 2011
Helen Hollick, author of The Kingmaking, February 23, 2009
June Hutton, author of Underground, April 22, 2010

Kathryn Johnson, author of The Gentleman Poet, November 5, 2010
Howard Andrew Jones, author of The Desert of Souls, March 23, 2011
J. Sydney Jones, author of Requiem in Vienna, February 3, 2010
Jeanne Kalogridis, author of The Scarlet Contessa, July 16, 2010
Dorothee E. Kocks, author of The Glass Harmonica, June 18, 2012
Gerald Kolpan, author of Magic Words, May 2, 2012
Susan L. Krueger, author of Addie Slaughter, June 1, 2011
Lois Leveen, author of The Secrets of Mary Bowser, December 21, 2012
Claudia H. Long, author of Josefina's Sin, Sept. 21, 2011

M.L. Malcolm, author of Heart of Lies, June 9, 2010
C.M. Mayo, author of The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, October 20, 2010
Yona Zeldis McDonough, author of The Cats in the Doll Shop, November 16, 2011
Katy Moran, author of Bloodline, October 7, 2011
Jude Morgan, author of Charlotte and Emily, April 28, 2010
Carla Nayland, author of Paths of Exile, August 27, 2009
Howard Norman, author of What Is Left the Daughter, July 13, 2010
Scott Oden, author of The Lion of Cairo, December 22, 2010

I.J. Parker, author of the Sugawara Akitada mystery series, Sept. 4, 2010
S.J. Parris, author of Heresy, March 19, 2010
Kamran Pasha, author of Mother of the Believers, April 14, 2009
Sara Poole, author of Poison, August 4, 2010
Sara Poole, author of The Borgia Betrayal, July 13, 2011
Barbara Corrado Pope, author of Cézanne's Quarry, November 13, 2009
Linda Porter, author of the biography Katherine the Queen, Nov. 30, 2010
Linda Proud, author of A Gift for the Magus, November 13, 2012
Deanna Raybourn, author of Silent on the Moor, May 11, 2009
Roberta Rich, author of The Midwife of Venice, February 15, 2012
Edward Rutherfurd, author of New York, November 11, 2009

C.J. Sansom, author of Winter in Madrid, March 19, 2009
Steven Saylor, author of Empire, September 1, 2010
Monika Schröder, author of My Brother's Shadow, October 31, 2011
Susan Holloway Scott, author of The French Mistress, July 7, 2009
Adrienne Sharp, author of The True Memoirs of Little K, Dec. 14, 2010
Mary Sharratt, author of Daughters of the Witching Hill, April 14, 2010
Mary Sharratt, author of Illuminations, October 12, 2012
Vicky Alvear Shecter, author of Cleopatra's Moon, August 5, 2011
Harry Sidebottom, author of King of Kings, October 12, 2010
Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace, January 11, 2012
Deborah Swift, author of The Lady's Slipper, December 7, 2010
Ania Szado, author of Studio Saint-Ex, June 5, 2013

G.G. Vandagriff, author of The Last Waltz, June 29, 2009
Jeri Westerson, author of Serpent in the Thorns, October 5, 2009
Jeri Westerson, author of The Demon's Parchment, October 14, 2010

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