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What are some of your favorite works of historical fiction? Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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Jul. 1st, 2009 06:47 am (UTC)
Anything by Edward Rutherfurd.
I started with Sarum and moved my way through his books. The Ireland ones are probably my least favorite.
I really enjoy Margaret George as well.
Jul. 1st, 2009 06:55 am (UTC)
The Aubrey/Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian (brilliant)
Mist Over Pendle by Robert Neill (aka The Elegant Witch)
Moon in Scorpio by Robert Neill
Hangman's Cliff by Robert Neill
Margaret of Ashbury series by Judith Merkle Riley
The Foundling by Georgette Heyer
The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
St Germain series by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (note-main character is a vampire)
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Lord John series by Diana Gabaldon
Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini (best opening line ever)
The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey (hard to categorize...not historical fiction, but a fictional study of an historical event)
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:15 am (UTC)
Gosh I have so many. I used to adore Jean Plaidy and Georgette Heyer's books. Loving that some of these are being released on audio.

More recently Alison Weir's historical fiction and Philippa Gregory's. In the latter case her new trilogy about the War of the Roses is superb. Also, Karen Maitland's 'The Company of Liars'.

I've also enjoy historical murder mysteries including:

The Shardlake books of C.J. Sansom set in Henry VIII's time.
The Max Liebermann Papers set in turn-of-the-century Vienna
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:47 am (UTC)
Historical novels are my favorites.

Each Bright River by Mildred Masterson McNeilly
Wintercombe, and Herald of Joy by Pamela Belle
Hannah Fowler by Janice Holt Giles
Shogun, Taipan, and Noble House by James Clavell
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
Exodus by Leon Uris
The Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pillars of the Earth, and World Without End by Ken Follett
Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati
Sacajawea by Anna Lee Waldo
The Secret Wife of King George IV, and Courtesan by Diane Haeger
Raleigh's Eden by Inglis Fletcher
The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone
The Great Physician by Taylor Caldwell

The first two are my absolute favorites, but can be a bit hard to find. bookfinder.com usually has used copies available.
Jul. 1st, 2009 12:30 pm (UTC)
Anything by Sharon Kay Penman, but my favorite is Here Be Dragons.

Jul. 1st, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
Restoration by Rose Tremain
Jul. 1st, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. The first book in the series is titled, appropriately enough, Flashman.

Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin series. Starts with Master and Commander.

Barry Hughart's Master Li books, starting with Bridge of Birds. It's a fantasy ancient China, not the real thing, but it's expertly done and has enough of a hold on the real past to bring the reader there.

I, Clavdivs and Clavdivs the God, by Robert Graves

The Marcus Didius Falco mysteries by Lindsay Davis, beginning with The Silver Pigs.

Anything by Mary Renault. Start with The Last of the Wine or The King Must Die.
Jul. 1st, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Legacy by Susan Kay for the ridiculous historical accuracy.
Jul. 1st, 2009 05:52 pm (UTC)
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant.

The Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough.

Shogun by James Clavell.
Jul. 1st, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)
I like most anything by Philippa Gregory, but just started getting into Bernard Cornwell. :)
Jul. 1st, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, and Lincoln by Gore Vidal.
Jul. 2nd, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
Loads of marvellous suggestions - I'd particularly second Aubrey/Maturin and the Max Liebermann books.

Hilary Mantel has only written two historical novels as far as I know but they are both wonderful: A Place of Greater Safety (Paris during the Terror) and her most recent, Wolf Hall (Tudor).
Jul. 7th, 2009 06:14 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed The Borgia Bride by Jean Kalogridis, which (in case you couldn't tell) is about the powerful Borgia clan. Also, The Ruby Ring by Diane Haeger, which is about the painted Raphael Sanzio. One more that I really enjoyed was The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant, which talks about Milan during the reign of the d'Medici family and the priest Savonarola.

An author that I've read some of is Anne Easter Smith, you could also give her a try if you've got time! Happy Reading!
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