I just concluded watching all episodes of The Tudors (Life of Henry VIII), and started watching Reign (Rise of Mary, Queen of Scots). If I am in the mood for a very intelligent story, and want to be completely immersed, Historical Romances are the way to go.
I’m not sure if you have read their Historical Romances, but Bertrice Small, Virginia Henley and Philippa Gregory first introduced me to the sub-genre.
There are many interesting such authors, but if you have not tried these I can recommend a couple of titles:
Series: Border Chronicles, O’Malley Saga, Skye’s Legacy
Virginia Henley Series: de Warenne, Plantagenet Trilogy. Titles include these and others: A Year and a Day; The Border Hostage; The Dark Earl; Dream Lover
The Wise Woman, The Virgin’s Lover, The White Queen, The Favoured Child
Next week we’ll discuss appeal factors in relationship to the historical romance, such as setting, and readalikes determined by elements or catagorization such as time-travel.