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Jean Plaidy's historical novels are well-researched fictionalized accounts of key moments and figures from European history. Plaidy was so prolific, wrote under so many pen names, knew so much about history. The Sixth Wife is about Catherine Parr, who outlived (survived) Henry VIII.

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6 Heroines From Historical Fiction Who Break The Mold

Valerie Martin’s Property delivers an eerily mesmerizing inquiry into slavery’s venomous effects on the owner and the owned. The year is 1828, the setting a Louisiana sugar plantation where Manon Gaudet, pretty, bitterly intelligent, and monstrously self-absorbed, seethes under the dominion of her boorish husband. In particular his relationship with her slave Sarah, who is both his victim and his mistress.

Read a lot of Tudor books for my Senior paper in college, & Allison Weir's books were some of the more enjoyable reads.

In 1851 Olive Oatman was a thirteen-year old pioneer traveling west toward Zion, with her Mormon family. Within a decade, she was a white Indian with a chin tattoo, caught between cultures. The Blue Tattoo tells the harrowing story of this forgotten heroine of frontier America. Orphaned when her family was brutally killed by Yavapai Indians, Oatman lived as a slave to her captors for a year before being traded to the Mohave, who tattooed her face and raised her as their own.