1400’s to 1700’s

1400’s to 1700’s

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Place of Setting Author Title Notes
Australia Birch, Carol Scapegallows 1700’s — woman who escaped hanging in London remakes her life in Australia
Chile Allende, Isabel Ines of My Soul Based on the life of a foremother of Chile
England Brooks, Geraldine Year of Wonders Plague epidemic of 1665-1666
England Donoghue, Emma Life Mask 1700’s — actress and woman sculptor
England Dunn, Suzannah The Lady of Misrule 1500’s — based on the life of Lady Jane Grey
England Dutton, Danielle Margaret the First 1600’s — based on the life of writer Margaret Cavendish
England George, Margaret Elizabeth I 1500’s — based on the life of Queen Elizabeth I
England Gregory, Philippa The Other Boleyn Girl 1500’s — based on the life of Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn
England Lewis, Hilda I Am Mary Tudor 1500’s — based on the life of Queen Mary I
England Noyes, Deborah Angel and Apostle 1600’s – the story of Pearl, the child of Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter
England Sharratt, Mary Daughters of the Witching Hill Inspired by the 1612 Pendle witch trials
England Sherwood, Frances Vindication 1700’s – based on the life of Mary Wollstonecraft
England and Italy Sharratt, Mary The Dark Lady’s Mask 1500’s – based on the life of Aemilia Bassano Lanier, Italian writer friend of Shakespeare
France Cowan, Lissa Milk Fever Fantastical story of a wet nurse as told by a peasant woman on the eve of the French Revolution
France Cutter, Kimberly The Maid Based on the life of Joan of Arc in the 1400’s
France Gardiner, Kelly Goddess 1600’s – based on the life of Julie d’Aubigny, a swordswoman and opera singer
France Lewis, Janet The Wife of Martin Guerre 1500’s – a woman suspects and then formally accuses her husband of being an imposter
France Marcantel, Pamela An Army of Angels Based on the life of Joan of Arc in the 1400’s
France Naslund, Sena Jeter The Fountain of St. James Court; or, Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman 1700’s – based on the life of artist Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun
Ghana and U.S. Gyasi, Yaa Homegoing 1700’s to present – two half-sisters and their descendants
Holland Chevalier, Tracy Girl with a Pearl Earring 1660’s — the household of painter Johannes Vermeer as seen through the eyes of a 16-year-old servant
India Kirchner, Bharti Goddess of Fire 1600’s – a young widow remakes her life
India Sundaresan, Indu The Twentieth Wife 1600’s – based on the life of Empress Mehrunissa
Iran Amirrezvani, Anita The Blood of Flowers 1600’s — rug maker seeks to escape poverty
Iran Amirrezvani, Anita Equal of the Sun 1500’s — based on the life of Princess Khan Khanoom
Italy Bellonci, Maria Private Renaissance 1400’s – based on the life of Isabella d’Este, Duchess of Mantua
Italy Dunant, Sarah In the Company of the Courtesan 1500’s – adventures of a courtesan in Venice
Italy Eliot, George (Mary Ann Evans) Romola 1400’s and 1500’s — a young woman married to an evil man must find a way to stay true to herself
Italy O’Melveny, Regina The Book of Madness and Cures 1500’s – a woman physician from Venice goes on a quest to find her father
Italy Vreeland, Susan The Passion of Artemisia 1600’s – based on the life of painter Artemisia Gentileschi
Korea Drabble, Margaret The Red Queen Memoirs of a Korean princess in the late 1700’s
North America Boyd, Natasha The Indigo Girl Based on the life of Eliza Lucas, founder of indigo cultivation in US
North America Chance, Megan Susannah Morrow The Salem witch trials
North America Chase-Riboud, Barbara Sally Hemings Late 1700’s and early 1800’s — slave mistress of Thomas Jefferson
North America Deane, Pamala-Suzette My Story Being This The fictional diary of a free black woman on the eve of the Revolutionary War
North America Larsen, Deborah The White 1700’s – based on the life of Mary Jemison, who was captured and adopted by Seneca Indians
North America Morrison, Toni A Mercy 1600’s – the beginning of slavery told through the eyes of four women
North America Seton, Anya The Winthrop Woman 1600’s – a nonconformist English woman in the Massachusetts Bay Colony
North America Sosin, Danielle The Long-Shining Waters Three women from three different eras (1600’s to the present) living near Lake Superior
Polynesia Coleman, Clare Daughter of the Reef Tahiti before the arrival of Europeans
Russia Reyn, Irina The Imperial Wife Based on the life of Catherine the Great
Russia Stachniak, Eva The Winter Palace Based on the life of Catherine the Great
Scotland Gabaldon, Diana Outlander 20th century woman transported to 1743
Suriname McLeod, Cynthia The Free Negress Elisabeth 1700’s – based on the life of Elisabeth Samson
West Indies (Barbados) and North America Conde, Maryse I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem The black slave Tituba accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials of 1692
West Indies (Haiti) Trouillot, Evelyne The Infamous Rosalie Slave rebellion