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Book recommendations pertaining to the Renaissance (1400-1599).


See also:

The 1400s

Topics include Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, Art and Artists of the Renaissance, America Before Columbus, Wars of the Roses.

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The ApprenticeLlorente, Pilar Molina1989MGRenaissance1400-1500EuropeItalyArt HistoryFCB
Marguerite Makes a BookRobertson, Bruce1999LE
MG
Renaissance1400EuropeFranceIlluminated Manuscripts
Art History
FPB
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Medieval KnightMacdonald, Fiona2013LE
MG
Renaissance1400-1425EuropeGreat BritainKnightsNFPB
The Making of a KnightO'Brien, Patrick1998LERenaissance1400-1425EuropeGreat BritainKnightsNFPB
Joan of ArcStanley, Diane2000LE
UMG
Renaissance1412-1431EuropeFranceHundred Years' War
Joan of Arc
NF
Bio
N
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and YouReynolds, Jason
Kendi, Ibram X.
2020UMG
YA
Renaissance1415-2020North AmericaUnited StatesRacism
Civil Rights
NF
OV
NF
We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding our Racial DivideAnderson, Carol
Bolden, Tonya
2019UMG
YA
Renaissance1415-2020North AmericaUnited StatesRacismNF
OV
NF
Tomas de Torquemada: Architect of Torture During the Spanish InquisitionGoldberg, Enid A.
Itzkowitz, Norman
2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1420-1498EuropeSpainSpanish InquisitionNF
Bio
CB
Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to MagellanFritz, Jean1994UMGRenaissance1421-1522EuropevariousExplorersNF
Bio
CB
Vlad the Impaler: The Real Count DraculaGoldberg, Enid A.2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1428-1477EuropeRomaniaWallachia
Vlad III Dracula
NF
Bio
CB
The Lady of the RiversGregory, Philippa2011ARenaissance1430-1461EuropeGreat BritainWars of the RosesFN
Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of ArcElliott, David2019YARenaissance1431EuropeFranceJoan of ArcF
Bio
N
Wars of the Roses: StormbirdIggulden, Conn2015ARenaissance1443-1550EuropeGreat BritainWars of the RosesFN
The Second Mrs. GiocondaKonigsburg, E.L.1998UMG
YA
Renaissance1450-1459EuropeItalyLeonardo da VinciFCB
Where Do You Think You're Going, Christopher Columbus?Fritz, Jean1997UMGRenaissance1451-1506EuropeSpainExplorersNF
Bio
CB
The Sunne In Splendour: A Novel of Richard IIIPenman, Sharon Kay2008ARenaissance1452-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Richard III
FN
Leonardo da VinciStanley, Diane2000LE
MG
Renaissance1452-1519EuropeItalyLeonardo da VinciNF
Bio
PB
The Red QueenGregory, Philippa2010ARenaissance1453-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Tudors
FN
Wars of the Roses: Margaret of AnjouIggulden, Conn2016ARenaissance1454-1461EuropeGreat BritainWars of the RosesFN
The Wars of the RosesWeir, Alison1995ARenaissance1455-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Wars of the Roses
F
Bio
N
Wars of the Roses: BloodlineIggulden, Conn2017ARenaissance1461-1470EuropeGreat BritainWars of the RosesFN
The White QueenGregory, Philippa2009ARenaissance1464-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the RosesFN
The Kingmaker's DaughterGregory, Philippa2012ARenaissance1465-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the RosesFN
Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her WorldWeir, Allison2013ARenaissance1466-1503EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth of York
F
Bio
N
Wars of the Roses: RavenspurIggulden, Conn2019ARenaissance1470-1485EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Wars of the Roses
FN
Francisco Pizarro: Destroyer of the Inca EmpireDiConsiglio, John2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1471-1541EuropeSpainSpanish Conquistadors
Inca Empire
NF
Bio
CB
The Kite FightersPark, Linda Sue2000MGRenaissance1473AsiaKoreaKitesFCB
MichelangeloStanley, Diane2003LE
MG
Renaissance1475-1564EuropeItalyMichelangeloNF
Bio
PB
Stone Giant: Michelangelo's David and How He Came to BeSutcliffe, Jane2014LERenaissance1475-1564EuropeItalyMichelangeloNF
Bio
PB
A Ceiling Made of EggshellsCarson Levine, Gail2009UMG
MG
Renaissance1483-1492EuropeSpainSpanish Inquisition
Jewish Persecution
FN
The Princes in the TowerWeir, Alison1995ARenaissance1483-1485EuropeGreat BritainWars of the Roses
Tudors
NF
Bio
N
The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes, and Ferrets!Williams, Marcia2016LE
MG
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNFPB
The Tudor TutorAlexander, Barb2015YA
A
Renaissance1485-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudorsNF
Bio
B
The White PrincessGregory, Philippa2012ARenaissance1485-1499EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth of York
FN
The Constant PrincessGregory, Philippa2005ARenaissance1491-1529EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katherine of Aragon
FN
Children of the LonghouseBruchac, Joseph1996MGRenaissance1491North AmericaUnited StatesEarly America
Indigenous Americans
F
OV
CB
Before ColumbusMann, Charles C.2009UMG
YA
Renaissance1491North AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous AmericansNFCB
Autobiography of Henry VIIIGeorge, Margaret1987ARenaissance1491-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
OV
N
EncounterYolen, Jane1996LERenaissance1492North AmericaBahamasEarly America
Indigenous Americans
FPB
Exploring the New World: An Interactive History AdventureHerr, Melody2011MGRenaissance1492-1682North AmericaUnited StatesExplorersNFCB
Morning GirlDorris, Michael1992MGRenaissance1492North AmericaBahamasEarly America
Indigenous Americans
FCB
Leonardo's ShadowGrey, Christopher2008UMG
YA
Renaissance1497EuropeItalyLeonardo da VinciF
Bio
N
The King's CurseGregory, Philippa2014ARenaissance1499-1540EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Margaret Pole
FN

The 1500s

Topics include Protestant Reformation, Mughal Empire India, Ottoman Empire, Edo Period Japan, Exploration and Discovery of the Americas, Tudor England, Elizabethan Era and Shakespeare, Mary, Queen of Scots, European Wars of Religion and Ivan the Terrible (Russia).

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of KingsWeir, Alison2011ARenaissance1500-1543EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Boleyn
F
Bio
N
The Samurai's TaleHaugaard, Erik C.2005UMGRenaissance1500-1599AsiaJapanSamuraiFCB
The Boy and The SamuraiHaugaard, Erik C.1991UMGRenaissance1500-1599AsiaJapanSamuraiFCB
IncantationHoffman, Alice2006ARenaissance1500EuropeSpainSpanish Inquisition
Jewish Persecution
FN
You Wouldn't Want to Be Married to Henry VIIISenior, Kathryn2014LE
MG
Renaissance1501-1588EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NFPB
Doomed Queen AnneMeyer, Carolyn2002UMG
YA
Renaissance1501-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
CB
Katherine of Aragon, The True QueenWeir, Alison2016ARenaissance1501-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katherine of Aragon
F
Bio
N
Three Sisters, Three QueensGregory, Philippa2016ARenaissance1501-1533EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Margaret Tudor
FN
Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell AllAnderson, M. T.
Fleming, Candace
Hemphill, Stephanie
Sandell, Lisa Ann
Donnelly, Jennifer
Park, Linda Sue
Hopkinson, Deborah
2018YA
A
Renaissance1501-1588EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
FN
You Wouldn't Want to Be Ill in Tudor TimesSenior, Kathryn2014LE
MG
Renaissance1501-1599EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Medicine
NFPB
Henry VIII: Royal BeheaderPrice, Sean Stewart2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
NF
Bio
CB
Henry VIII: The King and His CourtWeir, Alison2001ARenaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
The Six Wives of Henry VIIIWeir, Alison1991ARenaissance1509-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
Anne Boleyn, A King's ObsessionWeir, Alison2017ARenaissance1512-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
N
The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret DouglasWeir, Alison2015ARenaissance1515-1578EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Margaret Douglas
F
Bio
N
Mary, Bloody MaryMeyer, Carolyn1999UMG
YA
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
F
Bio
CB
Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary?Buchanan, Jane2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1516-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
NF
Bio
CB
Jane Seymour, The Haunted QueenWeir, Alison2018ARenaissance1518-1537EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Jane Seymour
F
Bio
N
The Other Boleyn GirlGregory, Philippa2001ARenaissance1521-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Boleyn
FN
Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous QueenWeir, Alison2020ARenaissance1528-1542EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katheryn Howard
F
Bio
N
Anna of Kleve, The Princess in the PortraitWeir, Alison2019ARenaissance1530-1557EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anna of Kleve
F
Bio
N
Ivan the Terrible: Tsar of DeathPrice, Sean2008YA
UMG
Renaissance1530-1584AsiaRussiaRussian HistoryNF
Bio
CB
The Gold EatersWright, Ronald2015YARenaissance1532-1541Western South AmericaPeruSpanish Conquistadors
Inca Empire
FN
The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne BoleynWeir, Alison2009ARenaissance1533-1536EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
F
Bio
N
Elizabeth I: The NovelGeorge, Margaret2012ARenaissance1536-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
The Boleyn KingAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1536-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Lady ElizabethWeir, Alison2008ARenaissance1536-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
The Crown: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2012ARenaissance1537EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane GreyWeir, Alison2006ARenaissance1537-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
F
Bio
N
The Children of Henry VIIIWeir, Alison1996ARenaissance1537-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Henry VIII
F
Bio
N
Nine Days a Queen: The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane GreyRinaldi, Ann2005UMG
YA
Renaissance1537-1554EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
F
Bio
CB
The Chalice: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2014ARenaissance1538-1540EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
The Boleyn InheritanceGregory, Philippa2006ARenaissance1539-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudorsFN
Sir Francis Drake: Slave Trader and PirateNick, Charles2009YA
UMG
Renaissance1540-1596EuropeGreat BritainPiratesNF
Bio
CB
The Tapestry: A NovelBilyeau, Nancy2015ARenaissance1540-1541EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Joanna Stafford
FN
MosqueMacaulay, David2008LE
MG
Renaissance1549-1580Middle EastTurkeyMiddle East
Building
FPB
Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord DarnleyWeir, Alison2003ARenaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Queen's Own FoolYolen, Jane
Harris, Robert J.
2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
Mary Queen of Scotland and the IslesGeorge, Margaret1997ARenaissance1542-1587EuropeGreat Britain
Scotland
Tudors
Mary Stuart
F
Bio
N
The Taming of the QueenGregory, Philippa2015ARenaissance1543-1547EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katharine Parr
FN
Katharine Parr, The Sixth WifeWeir, Alison2021ARenaissance1543-1548EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Katharine Parr
F
Bio
N
The Queen's FoolGregory, Philippa2003ARenaissance1548-1558EuropeGreat BritainTudorsFN
The Last TudorGregory, Philippa2017ARenaissance1550-1573EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
FN
A Dangerous Inheritance: A Novel of Tudor Rivals and the Secret of the TowerWeir, Alison2012ARenaissance1553-1567EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Katherine Grey
F
Bio
N
My Lady JaneHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2016YA
A
Renaissance1553-1573EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Lady Jane Grey
HF
Bio
N
The Boleyn DeceitAndersen, Laura2013ARenaissance1554-1555EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Boleyn ReckoningAndersen, Laura2014ARenaissance1556-1559EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Anne Boleyn
Hypothetical Henry IX
AHN
The Shakespeare StealerBlackwood, Gary1998MG
UMG
Renaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareFCB
Shakespeare: His Work & His WorldRosen, Michael
Ingpen, Robert
2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1558-1616EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
PB
The Perilous GardPope, Elizabeth Marie2001UMG
YA
Renaissance1558EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Tudor
HFN
The Virgin's LoverGregory, Philippa2004ARenaissance1558-1560EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
FN
Bard of AvonStanley, Diane
Vennema, Peter
2015UMGRenaissance1558-1616EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
PB
William Shakespeare & the GlobeAliki2000MGRenaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
PB
The Marriage GameWeir, Alison2014ARenaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
F
Bio
N
Loving Will ShakespeareMeyer, Carolyn2008UMG
YA
Renaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareFCB
Shakespeare: The World as StageBryson, Bill2016YA
A
Renaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainShakespeareNF
Bio
CB
At the House of the MagicianHooper, Mary2007YARenaissance1558-1603EuropeGreat BritainElizabethan EnglandFN
Along Came GalileoJeanne Bendick, Jeanne1999MG
UMG
Renaissance1564-1642EuropeItalyGalileoNF
Bio
CB
My Contrary MaryHand, Cynthia
Ashton, Brodi
Meadows, Jodi
2021YA
A
Renaissance1568-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Stuart
HF
Bio
N
The Other QueenGregory, Philippa2008ARenaissance1568-1587EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Mary Stuart
FN
Blood CountessPopovic, Lana2020YARenaissance1575-1614EuropeHungaryElizabeth Báthory
LGBTQ+
F
Bio
N
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American ColonistMorley, Jacqueline2013LE
MG
Renaissance1575–1625North AmericaUnited StatesColonial AmericaNFPB
A Tip for the HangmanEpstein, Allison2021ARenaissance1585-1593EuropeGreat BritainTudors
Elizabeth I
FN
Roanoke: The Lost ColonyYolen, Jane2003MG
UMG
Renaissance1587-1590North AmericaUnited StatesRoanoke Colony
Colonial America
NFPB
Where Is the Taj Mahal?Hoobler, Dorothy
Hoobler, Thomas
2017MGRenaissance1592-1666AsiaIndiaTaj MahalNFCB

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel