The Town House by Norah Lofts is the first book in her Suffolk House trilogy (books 2 and 3 are The House at Old Vine and The House at Sunset). The books, together, tell the history of England, through the eyes of each generation of the owners of a medieval house. The trilogy starts in 1380—giving a real feel for what it was like to be a serf in medieval England—and goes through to the 1950s. The trilogy comes with the highest possible recommendation from Alison Weir, one of Britain’s bestselling historians: “If you read them all as one book—and you can—it is the most outstanding historical novel that I have ever read,” she says.
Historical Fiction Recommended by Historians