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Old 02-03-2012, 07:07 AM   #1
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Historic battle fiction?

Hi can anyone recomend some historic battle / heroic / sword play type authors please I've read all the gemmel one they are a bit lame but I still enjoyed them
I like roman and pre 1300ad stuff and more factal type fiction

I'm new to my iPad and in the library it is easy to find sth I want to read but I am finding it hard ti find sth with out hours spent searching through ebook library's

Many thanks for some help guys

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Old 02-03-2012, 09:28 AM   #2
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Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Chronicles and The War Lord Series.
The first is set in 9Th Century During the Reign of Alfred The Great and is about the war between the Saxons and the Danes.
The other is a different retelling of Arthurian Britain.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:29 PM   #3
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How about Paul Kearney's The Ten Thousand? This is not historically correct fiction but fantasy. However it is based on the the historical Anabasasis in the Persian Empire, and the battles are in that spirit.
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:33 PM   #4
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Steven Pressfield's Gates of Fire, Tides of War, The Virtues of War and The Afghan Campaign. The former two are set in Ancient Greece, dealing with the battle of Thermopylae and the exploits of Alcibiades respectively, the latter two with Alexander the Great. Finally Last of the Amazons also ought to fit the bill very nicely.

Pressfield is one of the best military/historical fiction writers there is and if you're interested in the period I confidently predict that you'll love his books. Cornwell is excellent too of course.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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How about Paul Kearney's The Ten Thousand? This is not historically correct fiction but fantasy. However it is based on the the historical Anabasasis in the Persian Empire, and the battles are in that spirit.
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I'll second that one. Paul Kearney always gives great battle.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:39 AM   #6
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The White Company by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Centurion books by Simon Scarrow has sword play etc- maybe what you are looking for
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:46 AM   #8
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The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. The author took the Flashman character from the book Tom Brown's School Days and wrote a series of historical fiction novels around him. He places him at various battle scenes in the Victorian era; ex, The charge of the charge of the light brigade, the sacking of the summer palace, retreat from Kabul and so on.

They are hilariously funny and dead accurate. Harry Flashman, the main character, is a coward, a womanizer and a general screw-up. Anyway, it's a great series.
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You might also take a look at Rosemary Surtcliffe’s The Eagle of the Ninth. Written as a kid’s book, and they made a pig’s ear of the movie last year (“The Eagle”), but a good read with heroic Roman swordplay. Her Sword at Sunset – a recasting of the Arthur story set in post-Roman Britain – was written for a more adult audience. And though not technically “historic,” the Conan the Barbarian books (Robert Howard and others) are chock-full of heroic swordsmanship.
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David Drake/Eric Flint series, Belisarius, but this is fantasy not factual.

From Wikipedia; WARNING spoilers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belisarius_series

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Old 02-10-2012, 05:45 AM   #11
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sorry not been around to reply until now , thanks for the suggestions guys there's plenty to look though and only a few ive read i like the fantasy as well a factual great stuff cheers
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The Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser. The author took the Flashman character from the book Tom Brown's School Days and wrote a series of historical fiction novels around him. He places him at various battle scenes in the Victorian era; ex, The charge of the charge of the light brigade, the sacking of the summer palace, retreat from Kabul and so on.

They are hilariously funny and dead accurate. Harry Flashman, the main character, is a coward, a womanizer and a general screw-up. Anyway, it's a great series.
Seconded....
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It sounds like you are interested in a more European type setting but I just finished a series by Conn Iggulden based on the rise of the Mongolian Empire that I really enjoyed. He also wrote a series about Caesar that I've yet to read so I can't really recommend it.
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It sounds like you are interested in a more European type setting but I just finished a series by Conn Iggulden based on the rise of the Mongolian Empire that I really enjoyed. He also wrote a series about Caesar that I've yet to read so I can't really recommend it.
Conn Iggulden's 4 book Genghis Khan Series is great. Although I have the fourth one in my TBR pile.
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Conn Iggulden's 4 book Genghis Khan Series is great. Although I have the fourth one in my TBR pile.
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It's up to five books now. The fifth book came out in December:
http://www.amazon.com/Conqueror-Nove...9004340&sr=1-1
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