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Cover of the historical fiction novel Wall of Tears by David Kerr
Book Reviews

Historical Fiction Novel Wall of Tears by David Kerr

“We sometimes criticize and point the finger at other people who do the same things we did, the things we’re ashamed to talk about.” In the Wall of Tears, author David Kerr offers us a “modern” historical fiction version of ancient biblical history.

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Historical Fiction of Paul Jariabek Halberdier overlaid onto an antique map of the Tavistock Area
Adventures of Francis Drake

Adventures of Francis Drake Sic Parvis Magna Update

Had nothing happened, the 8-year-old, ruddy-haired Francis might have followed 300 years of family tradition. He lived in Tavistock, a small village in southwest England. He might have become a tenant farmer, tending to the land and husbanding the animals, or would have followed his father’s footsteps, becoming a preacher, living out his life in quietude and never venturing outside of the village. And history would not have taken a second glance.
But as it pleased the Almighty, the events of 1548 thrust his life in a very different direction. Little did he know that in mere six years, he would be on his way to become one of the greatest mariners, a legendary English admiral, and a feared pirate ‘El Draque,’ the sworn enemy of the Spanish Crown.

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Cover of Airy Nothing by Clarissa Pattern
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Historical Fiction YA Novel Airy Nothing by Clarissa Pattern

How does an effeminate boy that sees fairies survive in rough medieval London? In the historical fiction YA coming-of-age story Airy Nothing, author Clarissa Pattern gives us a wonderful gift. It is a feel-good story of a special boy set in a cruel period of 16th century English history with themes that continue to resonate strongly today.

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Galleon San Salvador in San Diego Maritime Museum
Adventures of Francis Drake

Francis Drakes’ Ship the Tiger

Historical naval fiction novel Sic Parvis Magna is set in the period of Francis Drake’s youth. There are almost no official records, leaving me to speculate what his apprenticeship might have been like. Using some information about his early life, I sketch what his early experiences and assignments must have been like aboard his marine classroom, teaching him ship handling, trade and piracy. What was this ship like?

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The cover of historical fiction novel The Heretic Wind by Judith Arnopp
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Review of Historical Fiction Novel The Heretic Wind

In The Heretic Wind, author Judith Arnopp introduces us to Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry the VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, and the first English Queen in her own right. The book is a fictionalized biography of Mary I (Mary Tudor, whom John Foxe dubs “Bloody” Mary). The historical character is easy to hate… which is why this book is so wonderful—as Arnopp puts us into Mary’s head, we discover…

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First Scene from Historical Fiction Novel Sic Parvis Magna, using Habeldier by Jacopo Pantoromo
Adventures of Francis Drake

Character Sketch of Francis Drake

The historical fiction novel Sic Parvis Magna introduces us to a very young Francis Drake—long before his pirate raids in the Caribbean, his circumnavigation of the world, Cadiz, the Spanish Armada, and the fame (or perhaps infamy) that those actions brought him. This character sketch is part of the research for the book. While I base it on history, this is not a historical retelling. I attempt to imagine Drake’s early formative experiences to understand what he may think and do, as well as why. I then incorporated this research to carry forward the story, both in the novel Sic Parvis Magna and the rest of the naval historical fiction series Adventures of Francis Drake. 

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Historical Naval Fiction of Paul Jariabek
Adventures of Francis Drake

About the Art in the Historical Fiction Short Story Retribution

A historical fiction book allows the reader to experience what it could have been like “back then.” Vivid descriptions are one way to start this experience for the reader. Theme-appropriate artwork is another. Read about the artwork in the historical fiction short story Retribution.

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