Hello my fellow bookworms. Today, I am taking part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, who each week assigns a new topic to inspires us to create a top ten list based on it. This week’s topic is:
(This week you get to come up with your own TTT topic!)
So it is freebie time again and as soon as I read that I knew I wanted to do something historical-fiction related, because I haven’t shone the spotlight on this genre in a while. So without further ado, here are the last ten historical-fictions I have enjoyed:
1. Jane Seymour, The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir – The moving tale of the life of Henry VIII’s third, quiet, often over-looked wife. While less dramatic than her predecessors: Katherine and Anne, I found myself gently enthralled.
2. The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale – An enchanting, twisting and turning, fairy tale for adults, with all the magic and sometimes terror that entails; set against the back-drop of WWI.
3. The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle – The scandalous tale of sex, politics, secrets and murder that rocked the Jacobean and saw James I’s favourite, Robert Carr and his wife, Frances Howard imprisoned in the Tower.
4. Her Kind by Niamh Boyce – A dark, atmospheric read which shines a light onto the women caught up in the terrifying Kilkenny Witch Trial, in Ireland, and the events that led up to it.
5. Council by Snorri Kristjansson – The second thrilling Viking mystery that follows Helga Finnsdottir, as she is caught up in a new string of murders surrounding an important meeting at the court of King Eirik.
6. Queen of the North by Anne O’Brien – A sumptuous, powerful and moving story of the feisty and contentious Elizabeth Mortimer, the wife of Henry ‘Hotspur’ Percy, as she dangerously schemes during a tumultuous time.
7. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory – A romantic story that straddles both sides of the Wars of the Roses as it shows us the life of Jacquetta Luxembourg, the mother of Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen).
8. By Sword and Storm by Margaret Skea – The third book to follow the trials and tribulations of Adam Munro, his wife, Kate and their children, this time as they are forced to move to the glittering court of the French king, Henry IV.
9. The Tudor Crown by Joanna Hickson – This novel gives us a fascinating glimpse into the lost history of Henry Tudor’s exile; a complicated, dangerous and important character forming time.
10. Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley – With a lovely blend of history, war, romance and mystery, this dual-narrative tale swept me away to the Wilde House, in a small cove in Messaquamik Bay, Long Island.
Now over to you: What do you think of my choices? What historical-fictions have you read recently?
Also if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic, too, then please leave a link for your post in the comments below, so I come check it out.