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The stakes climb higher!


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She's ready to give him total control


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An unlikely princess... An even more unlikely sorcerer... And using magic always exacts a price…


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One warrior fights for the love of his life, while another warrior finds his.


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The O'Brien's holiday magic


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The Affair continues...


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The Affair continues...


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Is he dead or alive?



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History ReFreshed

Exploring what's "new" on the historical shelves

Downton Abbey Part Two

Can't get enough of Downton Abbey fiction? Here's a new lineup of contenders for your English upstairs-downstairs addiction. CAVENDON HALL CAVENDON HALL Read More...



The World of Downton Abbey

Can't get enough Downton Abbey? Although Downton-like fiction is still rarer than the more literary multi-generation family secret-type (don't worry; more new Downton-type stories are coming) here are a few suggestions to keep you going between seasons. THE AMERICAN HEIRESS Read More...



The Sweetbriar's Thorns: Wars Of The Roses Part III

We've gone from the medieval match of Charles V of England to the final moments of Richard III's disputed reign.  Now, to the resolution of the struggle!  Elizabeth of York, who ended the bloodshed by uniting the two warring factions, is the featured heroine of several novels.  Daughter of Edward IV, she wed Henry Tudor, exiled knight who defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field to become Henry VII Read More...



The Sweetbriar's Thorns: Wars Of The Roses Part II

The previous column focused on the personages who began the Wars of the Roses, from Henry VI's claim for the throne being challenged by his cousin Richard of York until the death of Edward IV.  Now the stage is set for the final decisive struggle between the Plantagenet heirs, represented by Edward IV's brother Richard, and the Read More...



The Sweetbriar's Thorns: Wars Of The Roses Part I

The old story goes that during the tumultuous days of fighting between rival branches of the English ruling Plantagenet family, courtiers wanting to make their loyalties known wore a white rose if they favored Richard of York, a red one if they supported the Lancastrian Henry.  For nearly 500 years since, the struggle for the throne known as the Wars of the Roses has riveted the attention of historians—and novelists. Of particular interest Read More...



The Dark Queen

After Lucretia Borgia, the character who has captured the most attention in fiction about the Renaissance is Catherine de Medici.  Daughter of one of Italy’s most important families, to secure a political alliance, she was bartered in marriage to Henri, second son of King François of France.  When the Dauphin of France died, her husband Henri became king. Like Read More...



Meet the Borgias...

"Over a decade in the making, the Showtime Original Series The Borgias is the Read More...



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