Historical Fiction: 16th and 17th Century

Books Set in the Colonial Period

The Color of Fire : a Novel by Ann Rinaldi, Y Fiction Rinaldi
Someone is setting fires in New York City ... In 1741, America is at war with Catholic Spain. Phoebe watches as her town erupts into mass hysteria when the whites in New York City accuse the black slaves of planning an uprising. With people implicating each other at every turn, Phoebe has to decide if she's willing to save her friend Cuffee from execution, or if her own conscience and quest for freedom will be singed by her indiscretions.

The Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn Y Fiction Hearn
In 1645 in England, the daughters of the town minister successfully accuse a local healer and her granddaughter of witchcraft to conceal an out-of-wedlock pregnancy, but years later during the 1692 Salem trials their lie has unexpected repercussions.

Sacrifice by Kathleen Benner Duble, Y Fiction Duble
Two sisters, aged ten and twelve, are accused of witchcraft in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1692 and await trial in a miserable prison while their mother desperately searches for some way to obtain their freedom.

Sorceress by Celia Rees Y Fiction Rees
Eighteen-year-old Agnes, a Mohawk Indian who is descended from a line of shamanic healers, uses her own newly-discovered powers to uncover the story of her ancestor, a seventeenth-century New England English healer who fled charges of witchcraft to make her life with the local Indians.

Witch Child by Celia Rees Y Fiction Rees
In 1659, fourteen-year-old Mary Newbury keeps a journal of her voyage from England to the New World and her experiences living as a witch in a community of Puritans near Salem, Massachusetts.

Books Set in the 16th Century

Beware, Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
After the death of her father, King Henry VIII, in 1547, thirteen-year-old Elizabeth must endure the political intrigues and dangers of the reigns of her half-brother Edward and her half-sister Mary before finally becoming Queen of England eleven years later.

Cantarella by You Higuri, Y Graphic Higuri
"From birth, Cesare Borgia is surrounded by shadows. Damned by his own father, hated by his closest brother, separated from the sister who loves him, and driven by the demons of Hell itself, his quest for power threatens to set the world of Renaissance Italy ablaze, unless one innocent person can drive away the poisonous shadows ravaging him:"

Doomed Queen Anne by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
In 1520, thirteen-year-old Anne Boleyn, jealous of her older sister's beauty and position at court, declares that she will one day be queen of England, and that her sister will kneel at her feet.

Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de Medici by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
While her tyrannical family is out of favor in Italy, young Catherine de Medici is raised in convents, then in 1533, when she is fourteen, her uncle, Pope Clement VII, arranges for her marriage to prince Henri of France, who is destined to become king.

The King's Rose by Alisa M. Libby, Y Fiction Libby
Catharine Howard recounts the events in her life that led to her being groomed for marriage at the age of fifteen to King Henry VIII, her failure to produce an heir to the throne, and her quick execution.

Loving Will Shakespeare by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
In Stratford-upon-Avon in the sixteenth century, Anne Hathaway suffers her stepmother's cruelty and yearns for love and escape, finally finding it in the arms of a boy she has grown up with, William Shakespeare.

Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer, Y Fiction Meyer
Mary Tudor, who would reign briefly as Queen of England during the mid sixteenth century, tells the story of her troubled childhood as daughter of King Henry VIII.

A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner, Y Fiction Hilgarnter
Horrified at having witnessed her father's murder and fearing that the killers are agents of Queen Elizabeth I, eleven-year-old Alice Tuckfield hides in the Yorkshire cathedral by disguising herself as one of the choirboys.

Nathan Fox: Dangerous Times by L. Brittney, Y Fiction Brittney
Sir Francis Walsingham, England's spymaster general, has eyes and ears all over the world. His secret service protects Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth and ensures the might of the whole English empire. Now, he has a new recruit. Fourteen-year-old Nathan Fox is an actor in the same company as young Will Shakespeare. His life in the theater had taught him a thing or two about disguises and deception. But nothing can prepare Nathan for the shadowy world he's about to enter. Nathan's new life holds more action and more drama than he ever saw on a stage. But will he survive to tell Will Shakespeare his tale?

Peril on the Sea by Michael Cadnum, Y Fiction Cadnum
In the tense summer of 1588, eighteen-year-old Sherwin Morris, after nearly perishing in a shipwreck, finds himself aboard the privateer Vixen, captained by the notorious and enigmatic Brandon Fletcher who offers him adventure and riches if Sherwin would write and disseminate a flattering account of the captain's exploits.

Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi, Y Fiction Rinaldi
In 1542, nine-year-old Lady Elizabeth lives on an estate near London, striving to get back into the good graces of her father, King Henry VIII, and as the years pass she faces his death and those of other close relatives until she finds herself next in line to ascend the throne of England in 1558.

Red Queen's Daughter by Jacqueline Kolosov, Y Fiction Kolosov
Orphaned at a young age because of her mother Katherines bad marriage to Thomas Seymour--and then to King Henry VIII--Mary Seymour is sent to be raised by a mysterious noblewoman who informs her of her destiny: Mary is to be a white magician who will join Queen Elizabeths court and ensure her safe reign.

Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors, Y Fiction Selfors
Seventeen-year-old Mimi Wallingford's stage fright and fight with her mother on the closing night of Romeo and Juliet are nothing compared to the troubles she faces when she and her leading man are transported to Shakespeare's Verona, where she decides to give the real Juliet a happy ending.

Ship of Fire by Michael Cadnum, Y Fiction Cadnum
In 1587, sailing to Spain on board Sir Francis Drake's ship "Elizabeth Bonaventure," seventeen-year-old surgeon's apprentice Thomas Spyre finds that, with the sudden death of his master, he must take over as ship's surgeon and prove his skill not only as a doctor but also as a fighter when he is enlisted by Drake to face battle.

Books Set in the 17th Century

Cyrano by Geraldine McCaughrean, Y Fiction McCaughrean
Ashamed of his ugliness, long-nosed Cyrano de Bergerac, a brilliant seventeenth-century poet and expert swordsman in the French army, helps a rival woo and win Roxane, the beautiful cousin Cyrano loves in silence.

I Am Rembrandt's Daughter by Lynn Cullen, Y Fiction Cullen
In Amsterdam in the mid-1600s, Cornelia's life as the illegitimate child of renowned painter Rembrandt is marked by plague, poverty, and despair at ever earning her father's love, until she sees hope for a better future in the eyes of a wealthy suitor.

Young Samurai: Way of the Warriorby Chris Bradford, Y Fiction Bradford
Orphaned by a ninja pirate attack off the coast of Japan in 1611, twelve-year-old English lad Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself, despite the bullying of fellow students, when the legendary sword master who rescued him begins training him as a samurai warrior.

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