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Historical fiction recs?

I only have a few more books on my library hold list so I need to put some more on there! I really enjoy historical fiction, bonus if it's a series (Outlander, Into the Wilderness, The Other Bolyen Girl, etc). I will definitely take any other suggestions, though.

Thank you for any ideas!


Re: Historical fiction recs?

  • I LOVED Molokai. I suggest that if you haven't read it yet.
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  • Catherine Coulter has a ton of historical romance.  There are a couple different series/trilogies.

  • Josephine Bonaparte trilogy by Sandra Gullard -- Three books based on the life of Napoleon's wife Josephine, beginning with her childhood and continuing through the French revolution and her marriage to the emperor.  A very strong woman with a fascinating life story.

    Birds Without Wings by Louis de Berni?res -- Very well-written book about the war for Turkish independence, told from the point of view of various residents of a small village in Turkey.  If you've read Middlesex, this ties in very well with the early chapters and touches a on the Asia Minor Greeks and the burning of Smyrna.

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie -- A sweet little story about a group of students sent to the countryside for "reeducation through labor" during China's cultural revolution.

    I, Claudius by Robert Graves -- A fictional autobiography outlining the treacherous history of the Roman emperors from Caesar Augustus to Claudius.  Lots of murder and mayhem.


  • I loved Abundance by Sena Jeter Naslund.  It's about Marie Antoinette.
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  • City of Thieves - David Benioff
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  • I loved The Heretic Queen, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra's Daughter all by Michelle Moran. They're all historical fiction about Egypt. I was tired of reading about the Tudors and these books were a nice change.
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  • I'm a fan of Phillippa Gregory's Tudor books. 

    I also recommend The Book Thief which takes place in WWII Germany.  One of the best books I've read ever.

    Depending on what you view as historical another good read is The Help by Kathryn Stockett which takes place in 1960s Mississippi.


  • I really enjoyed Allison Weir's The Lady Elizabeth. YesYes

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  • Edward Rutherfurd's New York was a great read. I'm now on his London - just started, so I can't comment on it too much.

    I also like Gary Jennings. He wrote Aztec, Aztec Autumn, Raptor, The Journeyer (one of my faves).

  • you can also peruse the historical fiction shelves on goodreads. they have so many!
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  • Alison Weir also wrote Innocent Traitor which is fabulous.

    You can also try some of Carolly Erickson's books: The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The Secret Life of Josephine.  I haven't finished the Mary, Queen of Scots one yet so I can't recommend that.

    One of my favorites is The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper.  It tells Anne's story from Mary's POV.  It's done wonderfully.  My cat decided to eat it one day though so I have to replace it.

    The Hidden Diary of Anne Boleyn is by Suzannah Dunn, I think.  I don't remember and it's been a while since I read it but I did enjoy it.


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  • I just read The Yellow House by Patricia Valney and loved it.  Set in Ireland in early 1900's.
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  • If you enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl, I recommend Wolf Hall.  It is set around Cromwell's rise to power from Cardinal Woolsey's aide to King Henry the VIII's advisor and the one that helps finagle the divorce from Catherine of Aragon.  It does a great job of the settings of Court Life, ans for those outside the Court.  Cromwell was a commoner who rose to the highest levels, and it an interesting viewpoint. 

    It is a long book, but definitely worth it.  It won the 2009 Man Booker Award, so I think it will qualify for one of the SBC's lter this year.

  • Check out my Historical fiction recs on my goodreads page:

  • From Fields of Gold, Charleston and On Leaving Charleston  by Alexandra Ripley (who also wrote Scarlett - the sequal to GWTW).  I couldn't put any of them down!
  • I enjoyed most of Philippa Gregory's Tudor series, although I am struggling with The Other Queen right now.  I'd stay away from her Wideacre series.  It was really lousy.  I devoured Peony In Love by Lisa See, and really enjoyed Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.  I can't wait to read her Shanghai Girls
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