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Review and Author Interview. Sir Walter Scott, Old Mortality , about a moderate Scot during the Covenanter uprising who is torn between his loyalty to Scotland and his love for the granddaughter of a royalist. Sir Walter Scott, The Bride of Lammermoor , the tragic story of a young man in seventeenth century Scotland who falls in love with the daughter of the dishonest lawyer who tricked his father out of his estate.
Mary Lee Settle, I, Roger Williams , about the man who was secretary to the English jurist Sir Edward Coke and founded Rhode Island, working for the separation of church and state; 1 in the Beulah Quartet third in the quartet to be published. Tim Severin, Corsair , about a seventeen-year-old Irish boy kidnapped by corsairs from North Africa and sold into slavery in Algiers; 1 in the Hector Lynch series. Tim Severin, Buccaneer , an adventure story about an Irish sailor and his feud with a notorious buccaneer; 2 in the Hector Lynch series. Tim Severin, The Sea Robber , an adventure story about an Irish pirate who makes a dangerous trip around Cape Horn in search of the Spanish woman he loves; 3 in the Hector Lynch series.
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Mary Sharratt, Daughters of the Witching Hill , about the Pendle witches, a group of cunning women in Lancashire County, England, who practiced folk magic and were tried as witches in Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver , about the scientific discoveries of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; set in England, France, the Netherlands and America; 1 in the Baroque Cycle. Neal Stephenson, The Confusion , about the scientific discoveries of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; set in England, France, the Netherlands and America; 2 in the Baroque Cycle. Neal Stephenson, The System of the World , about the scientific discoveries of the late 17th and early 18th centuries; set in England, France, the Netherlands and America; 3 in the Baroque Cycle.
Deborah Swift, The Lady's Slipper , about a woman who steals a rare lady's slipper orchid from a Quaker's property in , setting off a deadly chain of events. Deborah Swift, The Gilded Lily , about a housemaid who flees to London with her sister in after her employer dies. Deborah Swift, A Divided Inheritance , about a young London woman whose dream is to keep up her father's lace business, but who must go to Spain in search of her swordsman cousin when her father dies and leaves the business to him.
Adam Thorpe, Ulverton , about life in a small English village over years, beginning in Stella Tillyard, The Great Level , about a Dutch engineer working on a project to drain the English fens in , and the woman who changes his life. Nigel Tranter, Mail Royal , about a seventeenth century quest to find the letters of Mary Queen of Scots that incriminated her in a plot against Queen Elizabeth and sealed her fate.
Mark Turnbull, Decision Most Deadly , about a man who rises from humble roots through military service and must choose which side to support, Crown or Parliament, with England on the brink of civil war; self-published. William T. Vollmann, The Rifles , about conflicts between European colonists and Native North Americans; 6 in the Seven Dreams series published out of chronological order. Hebe Weenolsen, The Trial of Jenny Sykes , about a doctor who believes a young woman accused of killing her baby is innocent because the child was stillborn.
Robert Wilton, Traitor's Field , about an aged Royalist whose discovery of a letter brings him in contact with the Royalist intelligence network, and a young official working for Cromwell's newly formed government in Kathleen Winsor, Forever Amber , about a mistress of Charles II who survives plague and the Great Fire of London; a forerunner of the bodice-ripper historical romance genre. Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry , a literary novel about a seventeenth century London woman and the child she takes in after finding him floating in the Thames.
Jeanette Winterson, The Daylight Gate , about Alice Nutter, a wealthy woman who tries to defend a group of poor women accused of witchcraft amid the repressive Protestant atmosphere of James I's England. Nancy Zaroulis, Massachusetts , a family saga that begins with a man's arrival on the Mayflower and follows his descendants, with a special focus on the women, into the s. Louis Bayard, The School of Night , a thriller about a present-day Elizabethan scholar hired to find a missing letter from the early seventeenth century, and British astronomer Thomas Harriot during the year after Queen Elizabeth's death.
Ronan Bennett, Havoc in its Third Year , about a coroner in Yorkshire amid the English Civil War who questions the guilt of an Irishwoman his Puritan fellow-governors believe to have murdered her baby. Susanna Calkins, A Murder at Rosamund's Gate , about a chambermaid for a magistrate who must find out who really murdered a fellow servant after her brother is wrongly accused; 1 in the Lucy Campion mystery series. Susanna Calkins, From the Charred Remains , about a lady's maid, now apprenticed to a printmaker, who helps investigate when a corpse with a knife in its chest is discovered during the clean-up after the Great Fire of London; 2 in the Lucy Campion mystery series.
Susanna Calkins, A Death Along the River Fleet , about a printer's apprentice who encounters a distraught young woman in a blood-spattered nightdress and learns a dangerous secret as she helps the woman recover; 4 in the Lucy Campion mystery series. John Dickson Carr, The Devil in Velvet , about a time-traveling professor and his attempt to prevent a murder in Restoration London. Deas, The Royalist , about a royalist dragoon sentenced to death who is given a reprieve so he can find a serial killer murdering soldiers in Cromwell's army.
Philip Depoy, The King James Conspiracy , about a monk with a secret past and divided loyalties who is hired by the translators of the King James Bible in to find out who murdered one of the translators. Susanna Gregory, Blood on the Strand , about a government spy who must uncover the real murderer of a beggar before an innocent man is hanged; 2 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.
Susanna Gregory, The Butcher of Smithfield , about a government spy who attempts to discover the identity of the man behind a notorious London gang; 3 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Westminster Poisoner , about a government spy who must find out who poisoned two men during the Christmas festivities in Westminster; 4 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.
Susanna Gregory, The Body in the Thames , about a government spy whose former brother-in-law's body is found in the Thames amid an atmosphere of hatred against a visiting delegation from the Netherlands; 6 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Piccadilly Plot , about a government spy called back to London to investigate petty thefts on his master's estate amid far more serious cases of murder and treasonous scheming; 7 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.
Susanna Gregory, Murder on High Holborn , about a government official investigating the murder of a Groom of the Robes in a brothel, which he suspects may be connected to a treasonous plot; 9 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Cheapside Corpse , about a government official in the court of Charles II who investigates the murder of a banker during a banking crisis that could make it impossible to pay for England's defence against an impending war with the Dutch; 10 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.
Susanna Gregory, The Chelsea Strangler , about a government official investigating the strangling murder of a sanatorium inmate in an upper class neighborhood near a college in which Dutch prisoners of war are housed; 11 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, The Executioner of St.
Paul's , about a government official investigating the death of a man whose skeleton was found in another man's tomb, amid a plague epidemic that has people fleeing London; 12 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series. Susanna Gregory, Intrigue in Covent Garden , about a government official in January who must simultaneously investigate a physician's death, the sinking of a man-of-war, and a courtier's disappearance, amid a growing threat of war with the Dutch; 13 in the Thomas Chaloner mystery series.
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Humphreys, Fire , about a team of detectives searching for a serial killer in the aftermath of the plague, as the Great Fire of London is about to ignite. Ross King, Ex-Libris , a literary thriller about a London bookseller's efforts to recover a valuable book for an eccentric widow's library at the risk of his life. Mary Lawrence, The Alchemist's Daughter , about a healer who must clear herself of a murder charge after a client dies, seemingly as a result of taking one of her remedies; 1 in the Bianca Goddard mystery series. Mary Lawrence, Death of an Alchemist , about a healer searching for a remedy for her husband's illness who must first solve the murder of the alchemist in whose stolen journal the remedy was written down; 2 in the Bianca Goddard mystery series.
Shona MacLean, A Game of Sorrows , a thriller about a Scottish university teacher whose Irish cousin pleads him to come to Ireland to free his family from a bard's curse; 1 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series. Review at The Independent. MacLean, The Redemption of Alexander Seaton , about a Scottish academic who must clear his friend of a murder charger after an apothecary's assistant dies; 2 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series. MacLean, Crucible ; also titled Crucible of Secrets , about a Scottish academic who investigates the death of a friend, his university's librarian, in Aberdeen; 3 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series.
MacLean, The Devil's Recruit , about a Scottish academic who investigates the death of a young woman whose body is found frozen in a prominent Aberdeen citizen's garden, while the Thirty Years' War rages on the Continent; 4 in the Alexander Seaton mystery series. MacLean, The Seeker , about a loyal agent of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell and his efforts to track down the killer of a heroic soldier in Cromwell's army; 1 in the Damian Seeker mystery series. MacLean, The Black Friar , about a captain in Oliver Cromwell's guard who must find out why children in London have been disappearing, who murdered a man in Dominican robes, and who is the Royalist spy in his own ranks; 2 in the Damian Seeker mystery series.
MacLean, Destroying Angel , about a loyal agent of the Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell sent to a small village in the North York moors, a stew of resentments and conflict, where he must find out whether a death is accidental or part of a plot against Cromwell; 3 in the Damian Seeker mystery series. Edward Marston, The Amorous Nightingale , an architect tries to find out who kidnapped the king's favorite mistress and restore her to the king; 2 in the Christopher Redmayne series. Edward Marston, The Repentant Rake , an architect tries to track down a repentent rake who has turned to murder; 3 in the Christopher Redmayne series.
Edward Marston, The Frost Fair , an architect tries to find out who murdered the corpse under the frozen ice of the Thames during the cold winter of ; 4 in the Christopher Redmayne series. Edward Marston, The Parliament House , an architect tries to find out who murdered a man on the doorstep of the new house he has designed; 5 in the Christopher Redmayne series.
Edward Marston, The Painted Lady , an architect tries to find out who murdered the husband of a beautiful woman while her portrait was being painted; 6 in the Christopher Redmayne series. Fidelis Morgan, Unnatural Fire , a humorous mystery about a former mistress of Charles II who turns to scandal-sheet journalism with the assistance of her maidservant and stumbles across a murder; 1 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series.
Fidelis Morgan, The Rival Queens , a humorous mystery about a countess and her maidservant who witness a murder in a concert hall while evading a bailiff; 2 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series. Fidelis Morgan, The Ambitious Stepmother , a humorous mystery about a countess and her maidservant who encounter a case of poisoning while in France; 3 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series. Fidelis Morgan, Fortune's Slave , a humorous mystery about a countess and her maidservant who attract murderous ruffians when they seek investment advice during a time of frenzied financial speculation; 4 in the Countess Ashby de la Zouche mystery series.
Iain Pears, An Instance of the Fingerpost , a literary mystery set amid the aftermath of the English Civil War and featuring the scholars, clerics and common people of Oxford during the scientific revolution. Christi Phillips, The Devlin Diary , a modern Cambridge Fellow and a historian find clues to the murder of a professor in an unsolved case of serial killings in the court of Charles II in ; 2 in the Claire Donovan series in which a modern young woman solves mysteries connected with historical events in various times and places.
Elizabeth Redfern, Auriel Rising , about a former mercenary soldier blackmailed into accepting the job of murdering a member of the king's court in London, where alchemists are busily attempting to turn lead into gold. Anne Rutherford, The Opening Night Murder , about a woman who opens her own theater after King Charles II decrees that women are allowed to act on the stage, but becomes a murder suspect when someone is killed during the first performance; 1 in the Restoration Murder mystery series.
Anne Rutherford, The Scottish Play Murder , about an actress and theater manager who casts a Scot in the role of Macbeth and, when a murder occurs, has to find out whether the actor is guilty or innocent; 2 in the Restoration Murder mystery series. Anne Rutherford, The Twelfth Night Murder , about an actress asked to identify a murdered boy whose body is fished out of the Thames; 3 in the Restoration Murder mystery series. Martin Stephen, The Conscience of the King: Henry Gresham and the Shakespeare Conspiracy , about a spy in the court of James I asked to track down a valuable handwritten manuscript after Shakespeare abruptly retreats from public life, not realizing he is being used as a pawn to flush out a dangerous madman; 2 in the Henry Gresham mystery series 3 and 4 are prequels set during the time of Queen Elizabeth I; see the Renaissance section.
Rebecca Stott, Ghostwalk , about the present-day son of a historian found drowned before she could finish her book about Isaac Newton and alchemy, and a series of murders that begin when he asks his lover to ghostwrite the remaining chapters of his mother's book, as the mysteries of the seventeenth century become entangled with those of the present. Andrew Swanston, The King's Spy , a thriller about a bookseller with an expertise in mathematics who is recruited to work as a cryptographer for Charles I in amid the English Civil War; 1 in the Thomas Hill trilogy. Andrew Swanston, The King's Return , a thriller about a former cryptographer for Charles I who, following the end of Cromwell's Protectorate, is asked to decipher coded letters that may be part of a plot against Charles II; 3 in the Thomas Hill trilogy.
Andrew Taylor, Ashes of London , a thriller about a government informer charged with hunting down the killer of someone whose body was found in the ashes of St. Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire of London. Sam Thomas, The Midwife and the Assassin , about a midwife and her assistant forced to become spies for Oliver Cromwell when they travel to London, where they are soon involved in a murder investigation; 3 in the Bridget Hodgson and Martha Hawkins mystery series.
Betsy Tobin, Bone House , about a young maid who sets out to learn who murdered a well-liked young prostitute in her English village in Leonard Tourney, Time's Fool , as an old man, William Shakespeare is forced to turn sleuth after his former love, the "dark mistress" of his sonnets, tries to blackmail him.
Tyler, A Cruel Necessity , about a young lawyer who investigates the murder of a Royalist spy in in Cromwell's England; 1 in the John Grey mystery series. Tyler, A Masterpiece of Corruption , about a young lawyer in Cromwell's London who responds to a letter that involves him in an assassination plot, and tries to protect himself by informing on the conspirators; 2 in the John Grey mystery series.
John Banville, Kepler , about the German mathematician who discovered the elliptical orbit of Mars. Ronald Bassett, Witchfinder General , a novel about Matthew Hopkins, who tortured and prosecuted witches during the seventeenth century English Civil War; the horror movie Witchfinder General is supposed to have been based on this novel. Berridge, Honour and the Sword , about the only surviving son of a French nobleman who must defend the people on his estate when the Thirty Years' War spills into his lands.
Berridge, In the Name of the King , a swashbuckler about a young French nobleman who attracts the enmity of a gang of treasonous conspirators during the Thirty Years' War; sequel to Honour and the Sword. Jessie Burton, The Miniaturist , about an Amsterdam merchant's young wife whose wedding gift, a miniature replica of their home, begins to predict sinister future events. Carrie Callaghan, A Light of Her Own , about artist Judith Leyster, a Catholic in s Holland where Catholicism is banned, and her ambition to become the first woman admitted to the Haarlem painters guild.
Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock , about an apothecary's daughter in seventeenth-century Quebec. Tracy Chevalier, Girl with a Pearl Earring , about a servant girl who works for the artist Vermeer in seventeenth-century Holland. See more novels about artists. Andrei Codrescu, The Blood Countess , about Elizabeth Bathory, a seventeenth-century Hungarian countess who murdered young women to bathe in their blood.
Libby Cone, Flesh and Grass , about the blind son of the founder of a Dutch Mennonite community in Colonial Delaware; self-published, available as an ebook. Thomas B. Costain, High Towers , about a boy and girl in French Montreal who fall in love when they are young and later settle in New Orleans. Diane M. Denton, A House Near Luccoli , about an unmarried woman in her thirties in seventeenth-century Genoa who becomes friends with the musician Alessandro Stradella as he attempts to revive his career after a scandal. Suzanne Desrochers, Bride of New France , about a young French woman sent to Canada to marry a farmer, and her struggle to survive after he abandons her.
Henrietta Drake-Brockman, The Wicked and the Fair , about the shipwreck of the Batavia off the coast of Australia and the subsequent mutiny by a small group of sailors who murdered many of the survivors. Henry C. Augustine; self-published. Alexandre Dumas, The Black Tulip , about a man obsessed with growing a rare black tulip who is imprisoned after being falsely accused of treason by a rival. Alexandre Dumas, The Three Musketeers , about three musketeers in the French king's service and their young companion, pitted against the corrupt Cardinal Richelieu and a beautiful spy; 1 in the Three Musketeers series.
Alexandre Dumas, Twenty Years After , about four swordsmen who come out of retirement to save France from a traitor; 2 in the Three Musketeers series. Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before , set in seventeenth-century Paris during the age of astronomical discoveries. Peter H. Fogtdal, The Tsar's Dwarf in the original Danish, first English edition , about a female dwarf from Copenhagen who is given to Peter the Great as a gift from the Danish king. Kate Forsyth, Bitter Greens , about seventeenth-century French novelist Charlotte-Rose de la Force, banished to a convent after falling into disfavor at court, and her inspiration for the tale of Rapunzel.
Mary Gentle, A Sundial in a Grave: , about an impoverished aristocrat who acts as a spy for the French finance minister in as a plot to assassinate King James I of England is being hatched. Nicolai Gogol, Taras Bulba , a novella about a Cossack and his two sons who join an uprising against Poland. Anne Golon, Angelique: Marquise of the Angels , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter who joins the local peasant children in their games; 1 in the Angelique series originally published in a single volume with The Road to Versailles under the pen name Sergeanne Golon.
Anne Golon, Angelique: The Road to Versailles , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter who wins favor at court; 2 in the Angelique series originally published in a single volume with Marquise of the Angels. Anne Golon, Angelique and the King , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter in the court of the Sun King at Versailles; 3 in the Angelique series.
Anne Golon, Angelique and the Sultan also titled Angelique in Barbary , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave; 4 in the Angelique series. Anne Golon, Angelique in Revolt , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter who comes into conflict with the French king during the Huguenot rebellion; 5 in the Angelique series. Anne Golon, Angelique in Love , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter who flees France and sails to America; 6 in the Angelique series.
Anne Golon, The Countess Angelique originally published in two parts in as Land of the Redskins and Prisoner of the Mountains , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter in the wilderness of North America; 7 in the Angelique series. Anne Golon, The Temptation of Angelique , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter in North America during the hostilities between the Indians and the English settlers; 8 in the Angelique series.
Anne Golon, Angelique and the Demon , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter in North America; 9 in the Angelique series. Anne Golon, Angelique and the Ghosts , about a seventeenth century French nobleman's daughter journeys to Quebec; the author feels this is misnamed in English, as the literal translation of the French title would be "Conspiracy of Shadows"; 10 in the Angelique series.
Maria Gudin, Open Sea , about a young man in 17th-century Spain who turns to privateering after he returns from war at sea to find his home burned and his family slaughtered. Joanne Harris, Holy Fools , about a widow and former actress who seeks shelter in a remote Breton convent, only to be confronted with a sinister figure out of her past after the abbess dies and is replaced.
Kathryn Harrison, A Thousand Orange Trees ; also titled Poison , about two women born on the same day in , one a niece of Louis XIV, the other the daughter of a silk grower, and the parallel lives they live in Spain during the Inquisition. Kathryn Heyman, The Accomplice , about a young woman who survived the shipwreck of the Batavia and became the mistress of one of the mutineers who murdered other survivors. Michael Kernan, The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals , about a graduate student who finds a set of centuries-old notebooks in a garage and becomes absorbed in translating what seem to be the diaries of the seventeenth century Dutch painter Frans Hals.
Rosalind Laker, Sail a Jewelled Ship , about the builders of a ship and the women who loved them in seventeenth-century Sweden. Rosalind Laker, To Dance With Kings , a family saga about four generations of women beginning with a fan-maker's daughter who joins the court at Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV. Alexandra Lapierre, Artemisia , about the seventeenth century Italian woman painter Artemisia Gentileschi.
Norah Lofts, Silver Nutmeg , about a Dutch spice merchant in the Dutch East Indies and the bride he rejects after he discovers that, since he last saw her, an illness has ravaged her great beauty. Stephen Marlowe, The Death and Life of Miguel De Cervantes , about the author of the seventeenth century Spanish classic Don Quixote , who survived war and a life as a captive in Algiers before he began to write.
Jim McFarlane, Penelope , about a young Amsterdam woman who journeys to New Amsterdam in the s; self-published. Arthur Meeker, The Ivory Mischief , about two seventeenth-century Frenchwomen whose lives take different directions. Sarah Emily Miano, Van Rijn , about a young publisher in Amsterdam who arranges to meet the aging artist Rembrandt van Rijn, and a woman poet whose fascination with the artist matches the publisher's.
Donna Russo Morin, The Secret of the Glass , about a young woman on the Venetian Island of Murano who is secretly learning the art of glassmaking, forbidden to women. Donna Russo Morin, The Courtier's Secret , an adventure novel about a woman who lives a double life at the court of Louis XIV, sometimes as a woman and sometimes disguised as a swordsman who fights alongside a pair of musketeers. See article on Historical Novels about Artists. Sarah Perry, Melmoth , about a present-day woman in Prague and what she learns from documents beginning in the 17th century about the life of a woman doomed to wander as an immortal after the Crucifixion.
Pierre Pevel, The Cardinal's Blades , swashbuckling historical fantasy about a swordsman summoned by Cardinal Richelieu to protect France from its enemies in Spain and the Court of Dragons, where dragons, tame and wild, exist alongside humans. Pick, The Last Valley , about a soldier during the Thirty Years War who happens across a village untouched by its ravages and, when soldiers from an opposing army coverge on the village, strikes a bargain with them to remain in the village over the winter; a movie starring Michael Caine and Omar Sharif was based on this novel. Donald Michael Platt, Rocamora , about the spiritual director of the Spanish Infanta, set in seventeenth century Spain and Amsterdam.
Annie Proulx, Barkskins , about two young Frenchmen who emigrate to New France which would become the Louisiana Territory , where they become woodcutters, and the travels and harrowing lives of their descendents over the next years in North America, Europe, China, and New Zealand. Judith Merkle Riley, The Oracle Glass , about a young woman in seventeenth-century Paris who makes her living masquerading as a year-old sorceress. Nicolaes Tulp. Henryk Sienkiewicz, With Fire and Sword , about heroic knights who fight to preserve Polish unity when an alliance of Cossacks, Tatars and peasants rebel; 1 in the Polish trilogy.
Henryk Sienkiewicz, Fire in the Steppe , also titled Colonel Wolodyjowski , about a courageous husband and wife who fight to preserve Polish unity; 3 in the Polish trilogy.
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Isaac Bashevis Singer, The Slave , about a seventeenth-century Polish Jew forced into slavery after an uprising who regains his freedom and falls in love with a Christian. Dominic Smith, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos , about a female painter in seventeenth-century Holland, the owner of her last painting in the s who discovers it has been replaced with a forgery, and an art forger. Sherri Smith, The Children of Witches , about a German tavern-keeper's wife whose afflicted younger son is accused of witchcraft.
Greta van der Rol, Die A Dry Death , about the crew and passengers of an Amsterdam merchant ship wrecked on a reef off the Australian coast, and the brutal tyrant who lords it over the survivors. Richard Vetere, Baroque , about a young painter and four other men who come to Rome in and their common experience of being painted by Caravaggio.
Susan Vreeland, Girl in Hyacinth Blue , a series of linked short stories which follow a Vermeer painting back through time to its genesis in seventeenth century Holland. Judith K. White, The Seventh Etching , about an orphaned gypsy in Amsterdam who holds the clue to a missing etching and is later painted by Rembrandt; self-published. David Liss, The Coffee Trader , a thriller about a Jewish merchant in Amsterdam who has lost everything in a collapse of the sugar market but tries to make it up speculating in coffee, an exotic new commodity.
Maan Meyers, The Dutchman , a Dutch sheriff on Manhattan Island in investigates what seems to be the suicide of a tavern owner as English ships in the harbor threaten Dutch possession of the island; 1 in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series. Maan Meyers, The Dutchman's Dilemma , in , a former sheriff with a Dutch background is happily settled down as husband, businessman and father in New York when a murder unleashes talk of witchcraft, and his wife seems to be targeted as the next victim; 4 published in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series 2 in order of setting.
Maan Meyers, The Kingsbridge Plot , a young surgeon with a Dutch background in New York at the beginning of the Revolution discovers a plot to assassinate General George Washington when he looks into a case of murder; 2 published in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series 3 in order of setting.
Maan Meyers, The High Constable , in , a middle-aged doctor with a Dutch background assists New York's High Constable in investigating murder and corruption in high places; 3 published in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series 4 in order of setting. Maan Meyers, The Lucifer Contract , a New York reporter with Dutch ancestry teams up with an attractive barmaid to foil Confederate plotters in ; 5 published in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series 5 in order of setting.
Maan Meyers, The House on Mulberry Street , a police detective with Dutch ancestry in New York investigates the murder of a journalist, to which an attractive woman photographer seems linked; 5 published in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series 6 in order of setting.
Maan Meyers, The Organ Grinder , a New York policeman with Dutch ancestry investigates a series of murders in and begins to wonder whether the woman he loves, a photographer with a social conscience who has been photographing streetwalkers, may be targeted; 7 published in the Dutchman Chronicles mystery series 7 in order of setting.
Arturo Perez-Reverte, Captain Alatriste in the original Spanish; in English , a literary swashbuckler about a Spanish swordsman hired by a mysterious stranger to ambush a pair of traveling Englishmen; 1 in the Captain Alatriste series. Arturo Perez-Reverte, Purity of Blood in the original Spanish; in English , about a Spanish swordsman whose mission to rescue a young woman imprisoned in a convent takes a frightening turn when his thirteen-year-old ward is threatened by the Inquisition; 2 in the Captain Alatriste series. Arturo Perez-Reverte, The King's Gold in the original Spanish; in English , about a Spanish swordsman hired to protect a galleon and its cargo of gold; 4 in the Captain Alatriste series.
Arturo Perez-Reverte, Pirates of the Levant in the original Spanish; in English , about a Spanish swordsman who sets sail as a mercenary on a Spanish galleon in the company of his seventeen-year-old foster son; 6 in the Captain Alatriste series. Review at The Guardian. Matt Rees, A Name in Blood , a mystery novel about the Italian artist Caravaggio, who must flee Italy after he kills a man in a duel. Judith Rock, The Rhetoric of Death , about a Paris dance teacher who sets out to investigate when one of his students goes missing; 1 in the Charles du Luc mystery series.
Judith Rock, The Eloquence of Blood , about a Jesuit at the French court who teaches dance and rhetoric and must find out who killed a young heiress whose murder is being blamed on Jesuit; 2 in the Charles du Luc mystery series.
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Judith Rock, A Plague of Lies , about a Paris teacher of rhetoric who persists in trying to find out who killed two of his students, despite being ordered to stop; 3 in the Charles du Luc mystery series. Judith Rock, The Whispering of Bones , about a former soldier, now a novice Jesuit, who wants to investigate the murder of another novice but is told not to; 4 in the Charles du Luc mystery series.
The fact that two different books exist differentiating rules for male conduct, and rules for feminine conduct, enforces a sense of difference between the sexes even as both genders were merging in public. The language of Conduct. Thus far the conduct material I have analysed has been directed towards a female readership. In these texts we see how an unease over changing gender relations and feminine autonomy is masked by an image of women as softer and more vulnerable by nature, requiring direction.
Yet I would like to briefly consider how conduct was not only a concern linked with the fairer sex, but with humankind in general. The tone of this piece, written at the beginning of , perhaps refers to the recent history of political rebellions and the Seven Years' War in the comment on the, "Depravity of Human Nature". It is significant to note here that the author believes writing is powerful enough to enforce a better code of conduct for society.
The article recommends these texts because they will give "Delight" to the reader, but also instil "proper Sentiments of Religion, Justice, Honour and Virtue. Amongst the works which the author recommends to young gentlemen and ladies is "Letters and Cards on the most common, as well as important occasions of Life. The majority of Conduct books in the middle and latter half of the eighteenth century are aimed at gentlewomen, yet this newspaper article reminds us of the precepts upon which conduct books were founded: distinguishing right and wrong, leading a pious life, and practicing humility.
All of these are teachings which can be applied to both "young gentlemen and ladies". Conduct Writing, Letters and Novels. Through analysing these examples of conduct manuals, the significance of letter writing becomes increasingly apparent. Lady Wharton's conduct guide to her daughters is written in a genuine letter form, intimating how this style reflected intimacy and trust between the writer and its recipient. John Gregory's conduct book exemplifies how the two forms came explicitly together.
The personal letters written to his daughters on modesty, morality and the art of conversation in society entered the public domain to great acclaim. Contemporary readers seemed to enjoy the pedagogic tone of writing, indicative of the philosophies regarding self-cultivation and education developing in this epoch.
Letters in conduct literature function in a very similar way to the epistolary form in novels: they give a sense of immediate reality to the writing which makes the advice trustworthy but also pleasurable to read. Directing not only the Requisite Style and Forms to be Observed in writing Familial letters; But how to think and act justly and prudently in the common concerns of Human Life. In this text Richardson writes a variety of letters under different personas, from mothers to noblemen, which were intended to help the aspiring literate classes in both writing and comportment.
In this way we can see how conduct manuals were also responding to the changes in class positions in this period and helping to teach the middle-classes noble ideals. This was a period in which new opportunities in trade and commerce allowed individuals to build a fortune rather than inherit one, unsettling the class hierarchy. This letter presents an model version of a parent-child relationship, in which the son dutifully acknowledges his faults and instantly decides to reform his ways: 'Your letter came so reasonably upon this, that I hope it will not want the desired Effect; and as I thank God it is not yet too late, I am resolved to take another Course with myself and my Affairs," This line reflects the power of the "letter" in encouraging the better nature of the "son", and therefore in properly conveying the emotion, morals, and reasoning which the "father" here imparts.
Conduct manuals seem to anticipate and influence the novel form in their use of an 'actual' morality examples and a real addressee of the book. Samuel Richardson's novel Pamela in engages with the trend of conduct books as it endeavours to moralise and teach its readers through the fiction of Pamela's behaviour, and indeed the novel's genesis was rooted in the idea of a conduct book. I n its original cover page it says, "Now first published in order to cultivate the Principles of Virtue and Religion in the Minds of the Youth of Both Sexes.
Near the end of the second volume, Mr. Nevertheless he provides his young wife with "Rules" to ensure she remains a good wife in the future. Amongst these rules feature the following:. That I must bear with him, even when I find him in the wrong. This is a little hard, as the case may be! That I must be as flexible as the Reed in the Fable, lest by resisting the Tempest, like the Oak, I be torn up by Agency, in points that ought to be allow'd her.
B's instructions highlight how oppressive and unequal conduct was regarding husbands and wives, however in this period it was considered virtuous for the wife to silently comply with such demands. A hint of opposition to this may be read in the italic comments which represent Pamela's doubts over her husband's teachings. Perhaps the most significant principle underlying the purpose of women's conduct literature is the inherent misogyny of the instructions. These books typically manipulate its female readers into adapting themselves to suit the wants and desires of the opposite sex, rather than exhibiting a genuine concern for women improving for their own fulfilment.
Review of Pamela- Weekly Miscellany, London. Saturday February 28, He says "it appear'd to me to be extremely well calculated to promote Religion and Virtue, to correct many Errors in respect to the Conduct of Life, and to suggest many useful sentiments;".
Who is there that will not despise the false, empty Pomp of the Poets, when he observes in this little, unpretending, mild Triumph of Nature , the whole Force of Invention and Genius,". The incredibly complimentary, even hyperbolic, language of this review intimates how emotionally invested the reader became with the character. Evelina , Frances Burney.
Arguably part of the pleasure of Burney's novel is witnessing Evelina experience these new cities and people for the first time, and seeing her errors and embarrassments. Throughout the novel the upper class characters and moral mouthpieces of the text such as Lord Orville and Reverend Villers reveal an anxiety over propriety, especially in relation to Evelina's behaviour.
The character gives her ability to make decisions, her autonomy, over to Mr. Villers, explicitly referring to him as her "judge" and "guide". This language mirrors how conduct authors were seen as the authority on correct behaviour, and most importantly that Evelina is incapable of making judgments for herself. It is worth noting how Mr. Villers places focus on the heroine's conduct, and that is her "carelessness" which might jeopardise her rather than the man's behaviour. This painting illustrates how reading was not only a mode of entertainment or reflection, but also a kind of fashionable accessory.
Female and satirical responses. Although the discourse on female behaviour and education was regarded predominantly as the domain of male writers, this period did see influential women authors interact with the genre. The popular female conduct writers illustrate a more complex relationship with conduct. Once more the author uses the letter form in her conduct manual, addressing all her instructions and advice to a beloved niece. I have previously noted that this form mimics the reality which helped give conduct authors some credibility.
This book also prizes friendship as an important foundation in good behaviour. The ambiguity of the article is in part owing to the anonymous nature of the author. The writer uses the pseudonym "Clio", which perhaps is a reference to the Greek mythological figure of Clio, the muse of History. At the same time the writer holds female fashion up to scrutiny, calling the latest hairstyles "works of architecture".
By the end of the century conduct books were even more popular, yet at the same time they had become laughable as this piece shows. The idea that conduct manuals promoted absurd and old-fashioned values is clear in Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice , when Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters mock Mr Collins' reading of James Fordyce's Sermons to Young Women from the s. Annotated Bibliography.
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Brotherton Library University of Leeds. This account is so interesting because it was not intended for publication, yet bears many similarities with later published treatises. Fenelon, Francois, trans. Hickes, George. Clair, William, Maassen, Irmgard. London: Pickering and Chatto Publishers Limited, Fenelon's conduct book is another enlightening example of early century conduct writing. Its emphasis on religion is typical of early period behavioural manuals. The popularity of this french book when it was translated into English seems indicative of a general European concern with conduct.
Boudier de Villemert, Jean-Pierre. L'ami des femmes , trans. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey Press, Early American Imprints. I selected Boudier de Villemert's book primarily because of the extremely hyperbolic and condescending language he uses to address the female reader. It is also a good example of the shift towards feminine propriety in social situations, which takes precedence in later conduct writing. Gregory, John. The Monthly miscellany; Jul ; 2, British Periodicals pg. This text is an example of the parallels of parent-child relationship and author-reader relationship.
Gregory's contradictory instructions on morality seem indicative of the changing status of women in this period, where they were able to go, and who they could see. Richardson, Samuel. London: Printed for C. Defining Gender, web. I have included this source because it explicitly illustrates the connection between letters and instructive manuals. Anon, ed. Johnson, Samuel. The author references the "Evil" to be found in humanity, which may be a reference to the recent wars in Europe. Gisborne, Thomas.
An enquiry into the duties of men in the higher and middle classes of society in Great Britain, resulting from their respective stations, professions, and employments. Strahan for J. White and Cadell and Davies. American Libraries Archive. It covers mainly how males in the upper social strata ought to behave in relation to civic duty. An enquiry into the duties of the female sex. Similar to Gisborne's previous manual, this text reveals the marked difference between female and male expectations in the eighteenth century.
Marriott, Thomas. London: Printed for W. Unlike the other books I have examined this piece takes the form of poetry to instruct its readers. Knox, Vicesimus. London: Printed for Charles Dilly, Historical Texts. The lessons which Knox attempts to ingrain into the "young nobleman", such as social duty and knowledge of academic subjects, are starkly different to those which formed the education of female readers.
This reflects how conduct material encouraged a doctrine of female inferiority even as womens' rights was becoming a discourse of its own. The suggestion that the aristocracy require such teachings whereas the lower classes do not, illustrates the presumption that the nobility were the only class capable of possessing a courteous nature and elevated feelings.
Pamela's role-model figure was so influential that people wanted to emulate her behaviour, showcasing how readers truly believed in the words set out by the author. Chapone, Hester. Letters on the Improvement of the Mind. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, , Print.
Oxford: Oxford University Press, Pamela is a novel which had its beginnings in the conduct manual form, and the morals Richardson conveys through the story of his heroine and her marriage with Mr. Burney, Frances. Inchbald, Elizabeth. A Simple Story. Similarly to Evelina, Inchbald's novel presents male characters who fulfil the role of the female educator. Dorriforth can be compared to Lord Orville and Rev. Hogarth, William. A Harlot's Progress. The Tate and Royal Collection. Hogarth's engravings offer a visual representation of anti-morality, depicting in vivid detail the multiple sins of public life and how easily a woman might be led into destitution.
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Engendering the Republic of Letters. Braunschneider, Theresa. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, ProQuest ebrary. Lawlor, William T. Salem Press Encyclopedia , The British Library , Web. Oxford English Dictionary. Oxford Dictionary. Conduct Term Frequency. Assembly Rooms. I have included this link to Assembly Rooms because this is an example of the types of public spaces which moralists feared, as it involved independent interaction between men and women. It is this type of setting which conduct writers saw as a site of immorality and sinful temptation which women could be swayed by, neglecting to mention the role of men in this environment.
The page on libraries has an interesting section regarding Female Novel Reading which is relevant to conduct books, since they were aimed at young women and deemed appropriate reading material because of their morality. Tip: To turn text into a link, highlight the text, then click on a page or file from the list above. This Sidebar appears everywhere on your workspace.
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