16th Century
Henry VIII (1509-1547)
Elizabeth I (1558-1603)
Fiona Buckley
  • Ursula Blanchard: Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Elizabeth I, in London, England

P.F. Chisholm
  • Sir Robert Carey: Elizabethan nobleman in England

Rory Clements
  • John Shakespeare: investigator and older brother of Will, in Elizabethan (1580s-1590s) England

Michael Clynes
  • Sir Roger Shallot: agent of Cardinal Wolsey in England

Judith Cook
  • Simon Forman: physician-astrologer in Elizabethan London, England

M.E. Cooper
  • Avisa Baglatoni: lady locksmith in 15th century Bologna, Italy
Dave Duncan
  • Alfeo Zeno: young noble apprenticed to Nostradamus, the astrologer and alchemist, in a fantasy version of 16th century Venice, Italy

Kathy Lynn Emerson
  • Appleton, Susanna: herbalist noblewoman in Elizabethan England

Elizabeth Eyre (Susannah Stacey)
  • Sigismondo da Roca: Italian agent of a Renaissance duke

Patricia Finney (P.F. Chisholm)
  • Simon Ames and David Becket, secret agents for Queen Elizabeth, in 1580s England

Philip Gooden
  • Nick Revill: actor in Shakespearean times in London, England

Karen Harper
  • Elizabeth I: in 1500s England

Cora Harrison
  • Mara: a female judge and lawgiver appointed by King Turlough Donn O’Brien in the early 16th century, on the west coast of Ireland, in the Burren mysteries

Simon Hawke
  • Will Shakespeare: young writer, and Tuck Smythe, an aspiring actor, the Elizabethan era’s answer to Holmes and Watson, in London, England

Peg Herring
  • Elizabeth Tudor, and her friend Simon Maldon, amateur sleuths during the reign of her father Henry VIII, in London, England, in the Simon & Elizabeth mysteries

C.C. Humphreys

Jean Rombaud: French executioner brought to England in 1536 for the execution of Anne Boleyn

Edward Marston
  • Nicholas Bracewell: stage manager for an Elizabethan acting company in London, England

Shirley McKay
  • Hew Cullan: young lawyer, starting in 1579 St. Andrews, Scotland

Pat McIntosh
  • Gil Cunningham: notary in 15th century Glasgow, Scotland
S.J. Parris
  • Giordano Bruno: monk, philosopher, and astronomer on the run from the Roman Inquisition, serving as an agent for Queen Elizabeth I, in late 16th century England

John Pilkington
  • Thomas Finbow: master falconer in late 16th century London and Berkshire, England

C.J. Sansom
  • Matthew Shardlake: lawyer in mid-16th century England

Peter Tonkin
  • Tom Musgrave, the Master of Defense, a sleuth in 1590s Elizabethan England

M.J. Trow
  • Kit (Christopher) Marlowe, the Elizabethan playwright in his youth, beginning in 1583 Cambridge, England

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