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Old 08-20-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Historical Fiction Recommendations

I was wondering what could be suggested for Historica fiction. I really like most of Bernard Cornwell books and also Simon Scarrow's Rome series as well as Conn Iggulden emporer series. I would like to find more along these lines if I could. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-20-2009, 10:03 PM   #2
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These two authors are not new, but if you like biographical/historical pseudo-fiction, Irving Stone is good. For murder mystery set in historical England, the Cadfael stories by Ellis Peters are very good (it helps if you read all 20 in order).
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I liked the Roma Sub Rosa series by Steven Sailor, nice mysteries with good characterization and they make ancient Rome come alive. Also mysteries set in Rome, but more humorous and less realistic are Lindsey Davies' novels in the Falco series.
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:00 AM   #4
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It seems the ones I try to get are US only (Roma for example) or just not listed at the Sony Store like the Cadfael series.
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Old 08-21-2009, 01:01 AM   #5
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Colleen McCoullough's Master's of Rome series is very good. Serious and detailed, not light reading, but if you're interested in ancient Rome, they are very interesting and supposedly fairly historically accurate.
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Rafael Sabatini and Stanley J. Weyman were prolific authors in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and were very popular in their day. Many of their books are available on this forum.

Scaramouche is probably the best known of Rafael Sabatini's books, and A Gentleman of France or Under the Red Robe were probably the best known of of Stanley J. Weyman's

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Read Casanova's memoirs!

It is (doubtless occasionally embellished) non-fiction, but even more interesting than any historical novel that I have read to date. And while--in addition to all the adventures, misadventures, and travels--certainly carnal matters figure large in the book, they are (as far as I can tell after the first 700 pages) always described in amusingly non-vulgar ways.

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For Rome, there's the ones beginning with I, Claudius by Robert Graves. There's also the splendid "Falco" series by Lindsey Davies, starting with The Silver Pigs

The Hornblower books by C S Forrester are also excellent

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I was wondering what could be suggested for Historical fiction. I really like most of Bernard Cornwell books and also Simon Scarrow's Rome series as well as Conn Iggulden emporer series. I would like to find more along these lines if I could. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 08-21-2009, 03:39 AM   #9
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The books by Stephen R. Lawhead are a great read too. He has several series, The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and his latest (which are only in Kindle book available): King Raven Trilogy.
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Sarah Dunant and Philippa Gregory come to mind -- most, if not all, of their books are available for electronic readers.
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The Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel is an interesting series of historical fiction set 25,000 years ago. The first 3 are reasonably good but the quality deteriorates thereafter. They are quite sexually graphic in places if that sort of thing bothers you.
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Try the Flashman series. Very funny and , historically, very accurate.
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Try the Flashman series. Very funny and , historically, very accurate.
They are indeed. I just wish they were available as ebooks.

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The Earth's Children series by Jean M. Auel is an interesting series of historical fiction set 25,000 years ago. The first 3 are reasonably good but the quality deteriorates thereafter. They are quite sexually graphic in places if that sort of thing bothers you.
There is another series from Kathleen and Michael Gear. They are about the native Americans, the first book of the series: People of the Wolf starts with the crossing of the Bering Straight.
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Try Dawn of Empire and Empire Rising by Sam Barone.

It's set right back in about 4000BC at the dawn of cities and the transition from villages to walled cities. Both books available on fictionwise. I certainly enjoyed them.
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