Historical Romance

Historical romance (also historical novel) is a broad category of fiction in which the plot takes place in a setting located in the past. Walter Scott helped popularise this genre in the early 19th-century, with works such as Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. Literary fiction historical romances continue to be published, and a notable recent example is Wolf Hall (2009), a multi-award winning novel by English historical novelist Hilary Mantel. It is also a genre of mass-market fiction, which is related to the broader romantic love genre.

The terms "romance novel" and "historical romance" are ambiguous, because the word "romance", and the associated word "romantic", have a number of different meanings. In particular, on the one hand there is the mass-market genre of "fiction dealing with love", harlequin romance, and on the other hand, "a romance" can also be defined as "a fictitious narrative in prose or verse; the interest of which turns upon marvellous and uncommon incidents". However, many romances, including the historical romances of Walter Scott, are also frequently called novels, and Scott describes romance as a "kindred term". To add to the confusion literary fiction romances, for example Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, often have a strong love story interest. Other European languages do not distinguish between romance and novel: "a novel is le roman, der Roman, il romanzo."

Historical Romance

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February 26, 2019

A lady desperate to escape.
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The Iron Earl by K.J. Jackson

February 26, 2019

Three runaway brides
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The Cowboy’s Honor by Amy Sandas

February 26, 2019

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The Duke of Distraction by Darcy Burke

February 26, 2019

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The Wayward Bride by Anna Bradley

February 26, 2019

Following the suspicious deaths of his uncle and his cousin, Phineas Webster returns reluctantly from America to take up his position as the new Duke ...
Game of Dukes by Wendy Soliman

February 25, 2019

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The Promise by Kathryn Le Veque

February 25, 2019

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A Wicked Reputation by Liana LeFey

February 25, 2019

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The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath

February 25, 2019

Marriage has worked out quite nicely for her older sisters, yet Lady Augusta Vivers is certain it would end her studies in languages and geography, an...
Believe in Me by Ella Quinn

February 25, 2019

Duke and Duplicity
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Duke and Duplicity by Emma V. Leech

February 22, 2019

For Caroline Saunders, beauty is a curse. Everywhere she goes, she is surrounded by men who worship her. But Caroline knows none of them could ever lo...
The Ice Queen by Sasha Cottman

February 21, 2019

Secrets and lies, scandals and spies.
All Lady Catharine, Viscountess Cranbrook, wants is a little excitement. Bored of playing the role of the ton’s ...
Viscountess of Vice by Jenny Holiday

February 19, 2019

Two people fated to be together…
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When Love Leads to Scandal by Sophie Barnes

February 19, 2019

Watch out what you wish for…
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Love By the Letters by Grace Burrowes

February 19, 2019

–1852,London; 1869, San Francisco, Samoa and Sydney, Australia–
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Sweet Fire by Jo Goodman

February 19, 2019

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A Guardian for the Ravishing Countess by Henrietta Harding

February 18, 2019

Beneath Lily Layton’s sweet and charming exterior beats the heart of a vixen—one with shocking and scandalous secrets and desires. But as a genteel la...
The Scandalous Diary of Lily Layton by Stacy Reid

February 18, 2019

He’s her ticket into high society…
Banking heiress Ursula Nunes has lived her life on the fringes of Philadelphia’s upper class. Her Jewish heritage m...
Appetites & Vices by Felicia Grossman

February 18, 2019

Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he’s a mean, rotten bully. Back in boa...
Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas

February 18, 2019