Monday, August 31, 2015

Supplemental Historical Fiction in Chronological Order

In preparation for the Renaissance I had my daughter read The Smileby Donna Jo Napoli. She didn't care for it, as her book review attests. She says it was "too romancy" and she didn't learn anything about the Renaissance. Tomorrow we will try to get The Second Mrs. Giocondaby E.L. Konigsburg instead.

Not every book can be a winner. We are heading into the Reformation and there are LOTS of young adult books featuring King Henry VIII and all of the drama surrounding the Tudors. ( So we will work our way through some options and then I'll decide my final recommendations for the website. Feel free to weigh in with suggestions! Here is my current chart:

Historical Figures/Time Period

A Golden Web
Barbara Quick
Alessandra Giliani, 14th century
Bologna, Italy

Morning Girl
Michael Dorris
Christopher Columbus (this is kept from the reader until the Epilogue), 1492
the Bahamian Island of Guanahani (San Salvador)

Falling for Henry
Beverley Brenna
Catherine of Aragon, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, future first wife of Henry VIII (while still young; Henry is still a prince)

Mary, Bloody Mary
Carolyn Meyer
Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII with Catherine of Aragon, age 11, 1527

The Redheaded Princess
Ann Rinaldi
Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII with Anne Boleyn, age 9, 1542

The Stolen One
Suzanne Crowley
Mary Seymour, the daughter of Katherine Parr (sixth wife of Henry VIII, later married to Thomas Seymour)

The Red Queen's Daughter
Jacqueline Kolosov
also Mary Seymour

Raven Queen
Pauline Francis
Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day’s Queen, monarch of England at the age of 16, from July 10 - July 19, 1553 and then beheaded

A Sweet Disorder
Jacqueline Kolosov

Daughter of Venice
Donna Jo Napoli
Venice, Italy

King of Shadows
Susan Cooper
William Shakespeare, 1599
London, England

The Queen's Soprano
Carol Dines
Angelica Voglia, Queen Christina, Pope Innocent XI, 1670
Rome, Italy

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