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Old 09-08-2009, 08:16 AM   #46
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Mark Twain is quite brilliant in his books about Joan of Arc and King Arthur (Connecticut Yankee). Both public domain, so free downloads ... and terrific historical reads, beautifully researched. I re-read them both on a 505 over the past week or two and was reminded of just how great a writer ol' Sam was. And, of course, the contemporary Huck and Sawyer now become historical fiction. Unusually for a Brit, I guess, I've always been more than impressed by the best of American fiction. The US has stars (of yesterday and today) to rival anyone in European literature. Hoots. Neil
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Old 09-08-2009, 10:34 PM   #47
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I just finished The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory, and really enjoyed it. She does take liberties with the characters and events, but it's a novel and not a history textbook, so I didn't mind. She has a good series on the Tudors, and The White Queen is the first of a new series on the Plantagenets. I've found e-book versions at Books on Board.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:10 AM   #48
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Wow, so many great suggestions. I have read a lot of them already but lots I have not. I just found a series lately that is an excellent read. It is Jack McGee's series of the the Bow Street runners.

http://www.amazon.ca/Ratcatcher-Jame...2476344&sr=1-1

This is the first one of 3 books and I couldn't put them down. Only thing was I had to get them in paperback as I couldn't find them as an e book.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:41 AM   #49
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Bruce Alexander has a series of novels about Sir John Fielding who started the Bow Street Runners, unfortunately only the last couple are ebooks.. Here is one of 'em http://www.ebooks.com/ebooks/book_di...asp?IID=356754 You'll have to find the earlier ones in print.

Some of the best David Liss novels are set in the 1700s London and he's the better writer. His first of three is called "A Conspiracy of Paper" is absolutely great, but not ebook'd, however the two followups with the same main character are available. His "The Coffee Trader" is good stuff too.
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Old 09-09-2009, 02:43 AM   #50
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I love Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne In Splendour. About Richard III and his brother Edward IV. It's big but it's really good.

She also has a very good trilogy about Simon de Montfort and Wales, I think the correct order is Falls the Shadow, Here Be Dragons, and The Reckoning, but I might be wrong. I haven't read them in a while.

I've read some of her other books and I didn't think they were good, but these four are very good.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden was very good.

In A Dark Wood Wandering by Hella Haasse was also very good. It's about the Duke d'Orleans.
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Old 09-09-2009, 03:40 AM   #51
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OH MY GOD!!! I actually forgot 'Lydia Bailey.' My bad... How can any man forget Lydia Bailey?!? ('She' is a ship!)
And I forgot 'Rable in Arms' too. Must be having a senior moment.
Both written by Kenneth Roberts and both wonderful reads!

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OH MY GOD!!! I actually forgot 'Lydia Bailey.' My bad... How can any man forget Lydia Bailey?!? ('She' is a ship!)
And I forgot 'Rable in Arms' too. Must be having a senior moment.
Both written by Kenneth Roberts and both wonderful reads!

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Unfortunately I can't find any Kenneth Roberts available in ebook form.
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Old 09-09-2009, 04:06 AM   #53
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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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Old 09-09-2009, 06:17 AM   #54
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John Drake, Flint and Silver, a prequel to Treasure Island for adult readers.

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I just thought of another one I read a long time ago. Roger's Rangers, I think it was about the French and Indian War. Correct me if I'm wrong on the title or subject matter. But, it was good.
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Old 09-18-2009, 07:21 AM   #56
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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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Sabatini was sort of the Bernard Cornwell of his time, popping out popular historical fiction books one after the other. It's hard to find one that's a poor read. Particularly good are Captain Blood and one of my all time favorites - Scaramouche, but also excellent are The Sea Hawk and The Black Swan and Mistress Wilding.
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I want to suggest any of Philip Kerr's noirish crime novels set in Berlin during the 1930s and mid-20th Century as well as Alan Furst's espionage books set in the same period. Furst has a great eye for detail but not as much plot movement as Kerr.

This begs the question, though -- is something set less than 100 years ago still considered historical fiction to most? I say, if it captures a period, why not?

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Thomas Rutherford I think Dublin was very good . Also the Ken follet were good too . In fact most of the recommendations I have read accept the naval ones and Mark Twain whom im thinking of Downloading . It is one of my favourite generes I dislike SF and Fantasy.
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I just purchased To Judge or Not to Judge from Amazon after meeting the author (Frits Forrer) today. My daughter wanted a book not yet available in a digital edition (Five Years Under the Swastika: Through a Childs Eye) - so I bought the paper-version & he signed it for her.
He was VERY interesting & I'm really looking forward to reading BOTH books!
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Just seen this thread and thought I would put a word in for the Matthew Shardlake series of books by C J Sansom - they are sort of crime novels with the central character being a lawyer in Henry VIII period England. All are available as e-books for purchase (in the UK at least).
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