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Old 09-20-2011, 10:59 AM   #61
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My only problem with James Clavell and Shogun was that he wrote a book encompassing an important period of Japanese history and he changed the names.
This would be like someone writing a book encompassing the American Revolution and changing the name of every important historical figure.
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I can understand your problem. All I can think is that he must have been concerned about people taking his book as a piece of history rather than historical-fiction. Only he would know. For me, it is a great novel (that I am actually still reading).
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:35 PM   #62
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I have read it a number of times over the years and will read it again. It is a great book but, I feel it would have been better if he had used the correct names of historical figures. I lived in Japan for a number of years and that actually makes it harder for me when reading Shogun.
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I'm not sure what 'Historical' means, but I really enjoyed 'Left of the Moon' by Monica Tracey. The protagonist is living in our era, but the complex story centres on her mother's history in Ireland before WW2, and her cousin's search for her biological father who died in Italy in 1943.

Full disclosure: I read it while preparing it as an ebook for Circaidy Gregory Press.
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For historical fiction, check out Shayne Parkinson's Promises to Keep quartet, of which the first, Sentence of Marriage, is free, and David Crookes' novels, of which Redcoat is currently free.

Parkinson's books are focused on New Zealand and Crookes' on Australia. Both authors write exceedingly well. My wife and I, as well as our friends to whom we have recommended these authors and books, have found the books compelling and difficult to put down. We read Parkinson's books more than a year ago and still talk about them.
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Old 09-24-2011, 10:08 PM   #65
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There's Meredith Whitford's "Treason" and "Shakespeare's Will" (available from BeWrite books and other places). I haven't read "Treason" yet but it's on the TBR list, thoroughly enjoyed "Shakespeare's Will". They are fiction but based on fact and real characters.
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Nearly all the books by Stanley J. Weyman are historical romances, and many of them are in the MR library.
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Elizabeth Goudge wrote some beautiful books. Green Dolphin Country (AKA Green Dolphin Street) which links the Channel Islands with New Zealand in a long distance romance. The Deans Watch was another one I enjoyed, whilst learning a lot about watchmaking in the process.
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'Forever Amber' by Kathleen Winsor is good. It's set in Restoration England and has romance.

"Through a Glass Darkly' and 'Now Face to Face' by Karleen Koen are set at the turn of the 18th century and feature romance. They're set in England, France, and America.

'The Tea Rose', 'The Winter Rose' and 'The Wild Rose' by Jennifer Donnelly are set in England and America at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th and follow a series of women through all kinds of romantic and personal turmoil. They're sort of pulpy to me, but still a fun read.
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'Fall of Giants' by Ken Follett is good too. It follows a variety of families in Europe and the US from 1914-1924ish and features a number of romantic subplots.
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I know this is an old thread, but since its listed in the sticky genre recommendations thread, I suppose people will still be interested.

I just wanted to point out that you can now get Paul Scott's Raj Quartet in ebook format. It's about the last days of the British Raj in India during WWII and is the basis for the 80s mini-series Jewel in the Crown.

http://www.amazon.com/Raj-Quartet-Ph...0508489&sr=1-1
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I totally get what you're asking. I don't minding the love story being the sub plot. I've picked up "Pillars of the Earth" I think the last 3 times I've gone into B&N... Maybe I should just read it eh?

Thanks for all the suggestions!!! Lots to choose from now!
Well, it's a large book, so picking it up and then putting it down is probably good exercise for upper body strength.

BTW, it is a worthy read. If you ever saw the mini-series on TV, while not as awful as "TV Epics" often go, the TV series did not come close to doing justice to the book.
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Rafael Sabatini.

Historically thorough, well-written, a little old-fashioned now (Sabatini died in about 1950) but still rousing reads, and all the ones I've read include some romance without making it the story, if you know what I mean. Despite the Italian name, he was raised in England, and wrote in English.

Captain Blood: Pirates of the Caribbean theme, in which the various pirate exploits etc of Captain Blood really did happen, though not of course all perpetrated by the same real-life pirates. LOTS of action.

Scaramouche: The earliest days of the French Revolution.

Both made into hugely successful swashbuckler movies. Again, LOTS of action.

Many others, from the Inquisition onwards.
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All of Jane Austen's other books of course. And maybe Jane Eyre?

And I loooooved all of Philippa Gregory's historical novels.
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Here are a few historical fiction authors to wet your appetites: Michael Arnold, Angus Donald, Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwell, Robert Fabbri, Conn Iggulden, S.J.A. Turney, Ben Kane, Giles Kristian, Patrick Mercer, Paul Fraser-Collard, George MacDonald-Fraser, Douglas Jackson, Manda/M.C. Scott, John Wilcox and Christian Cameron. Hope this helps. I have read all these authors and they are all very good.
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Judith Arnopp's ' The Winchester Goose' is an absorbing read.
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