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Subject: 3 Plaidy's listed
Date Posted: 12/30/2007 4:51 PM ET
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I was looking through the books posted today and I noticed these three Jean Plaidy books listed:

 

The Prince and the Quakeress

Caroline the Queen

Queen in Waiting

Being a new historical fiction lover I have been lurking about the postings here but have been afraid to say anything because I don't know what and who I should be reading.  I have read The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool and loved both and want to start reading Plaidy but I would like to start with the Plantagenet series since everyone says they are all great reads.  Any other suggestions from anyone on what I should read to get my "juices flowing" would be appreciated.  Thanks.

 

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 6:18 PM ET
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Welcome to the genre!!  I love historical fiction and there are so many great authors in this field out there.  The best I read this year is the trilogy Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow, and The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman.  This trilogy has it's setting in the 13th century and looks at the relationship between England and Wales.  I was confused about how Wales fit into England until I read these books.

I am in the process of reading the Plantagenet series and enjoying it very much too.

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 8:30 PM ET
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Hi Debbie!  What sort of era or area are you interested in?  I've read some this year set in Egypt, China, and the Middle East.  If you could let us know you will be inundated with suggestions!!

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Date Posted: 12/30/2007 9:30 PM ET
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Thanks for the warm welcome Linda and Michelle.  I like British history.  Queen Elizabeth time period.  China is intriguing to me also.  I got Snow Flower and the Secret Fan as a Christmas present to myself.  I like Greek mythology and stories of Caesar and the battles of Troy but if I'm open to pretty much anything.  Thanks for your help!!

Date Posted: 12/30/2007 10:14 PM ET
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I LOVED Snow Flower.....I hope you like it.

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran was a good book this year set in Egypt.

I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles was a really good book.

Can't go wrong with Plaidy.

You may also like The Virgin's Lover by P. Gregory about Queen Elizabeth and Robert Dudley.

I have a book on my shelf called My Enemy the Queen by Plaidy starring Queen Elizabeth, Robert Dudley, and Lettice Knoylls.

Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir was great (about Lady Jane Grey)

Sorry this is discombobulated, was thinking of things off the top of my head.

ETA: Robin Maxwell also has books set in that time period, too.



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Date Posted: 12/30/2007 11:44 PM ET
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You would probably enjoy The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn and The Wild Irish by Robin Maxwell. Both feature Elizabeth I as a major character.

I, Elizabeth by Rosalind Miles is a fictional account of the queen's life, told in the first person.

For mysteries set in Elizabethan times, try the Face Down series by Kathy Lynn Emerson. If you click on my name for my profile, then on the link to my blog, you'll see a recent post about the series.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 12:56 AM ET
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Welcome Debbie! Wow, I can make a ton of suggestions based on your interests.

If you enjoy Roman history (or historical fiction) I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series. The first book is The Grass Crown and there are seven or eight books that follow it. The book that got me hooked on Ancient Rome is The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. All of her books are excellent, BTW. Also, if you have never read them, you MUST read I, Claudius and Claudius the God by Robert Graves if you are into Roman HF.

For books about Troy, try to get your hands on Song of Troy, also by Colleen McCullough. Also, Lindsay Clarke has written a few HF books about Troy, The War at Troy and The Return from Troy.

I will second or third the Sharon Kay Penman recommendations. I just started my third SKP book and I have enjoyed the two I have read. The Sunne in Splendour is a great book!

If you are interested in Ancient Egypt, I very highly recommend Pauline Gedge's books. I have read 4 of her books and they were all incredible. The best of them was Child of the Morning about Queen Hatshepsut and House of Dreams (titled Lady of the Reeds in the US) about Ramses III. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

Although not technically Historical Fiction, one of my all time favorite reads is The Golden Ass by Apuleius. It was written somewhere around the second century BC and is the only piece of Latin literature to have survived the past 2000 years entirely intact. I read the Robert Graves translation, so it is the only version I can recommend.

Other authors I would recommend are: Elizabeth Chadwick, Cecelia Holland, Norah Lofts, and Nigel Tranter (writes Scottish HF).

Hope this helps!!

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 9:06 AM ET
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I'll chime in with a 4th nomination for Sharon Kay Penman's books. My favorite is The Sunne in Splendour. I also enjoyed the Welsh trilogy, which begins with Here Be Dragons. I did not care for When Christ and His Saints Slept, so I didn't read the follow-up, Time and Chance.

The Wind from Hastings is a novella by Morgan Llywelyn about King Harold's wife, Adith/Aedith (spelling?). I also enjoyed Harold the King by Helen Hollick, which gives a different POV.

I'm the odd girl out here in that I don't care for Plaidy. She's too dry for me and her history is dated.

I very much enjoy Elizabeth Chadwick, who is published mostly in the UK and Canada. I've read the duology on William Marshall - The Greatest Knight and The Scarlett Lion. Her latest book - still out in hardcover - is a predecessor in a sense in that it's about William Marshall's father. (If you want to buy rather than wait an eternity for them here, The Book Depository (Google it.) ships free to many countries, including the US.

I also enjoyed Chadwick's duology about Fulke FitzWarren, the outlaw - Lords of the White Castle and Shadows and Strongholds. Even her titles are good!

BTW, Elizabeth Chadwick hangs out at the forums on historicalfiction.org, if you want to chat with her. So does Michelle Moran (Nefertiti).

If you like Viking and pre-1066 stories, try Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Chronicles, which begins with The Last Kingdom.

For lighter and more contemporary fair, I recommend the first 3 books in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I also enjoyed the first 2 books in Cynthia Harrod-Eagles long-running series. They are the only 2 in the 30-book series that I've read - The Founding (Wars of the Roses era) and The Dark Rose.

Finally, I'll recommend Dreaming the Eagle by Manda Scott, the first in a quartet about Boudica. It's beautifully written. The rest of the series is on my reading list for this year.

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Date Posted: 12/31/2007 11:03 AM ET
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Wow!!  Thanks for all of the suggestions.  I don't get to read as much as most people so it'll take me 20 years to get through all of the recommendations.  I have a couple of books on my wishlist and I would like to ask if any of you have read them and your opinion of them.  They are The Queen's Handmaiden, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn and Mozart's Sister.  Thanks again and have a safe and fun New Year's Eve!!!

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 12:05 PM ET
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re:  Mozart's Sister - there are two dfferent books with this title.  Are you curious about the Moser book or the Charbonnier book? 

I've read the Moser book and liked it well enough.  I had the Charbonnier book out from teh library, but didn't get around to reading it before it had to go back.  I was having some difficultly getting into it at the time, but my life was in a bit of upheaval.  You've reminded me to go back and request it from the library again.  I'll give it another try.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 12:06 PM ET
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Debbie; Welcome I  have read The Secret Diary of Anne Bolelyn and enjoyed it.I have The Queen's Handmaiden and Mozart's Sister here to read.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 1:20 PM ET
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I just couldn't get into The Queen's Handmaiden.  I tried, but it just didn't do anything for me.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 1:43 PM ET
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Michelle: I think that is one of the books I am getting from you:) I let you know if I like it..

Debbie - ,
Date Posted: 12/31/2007 2:07 PM ET
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Sorry I forgot there were 2 different authors for Mozart's Sister.  The one by Rita Charbonnier.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 2:21 PM ET
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I hope you get more out of it than I did, Anne :)

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 3:42 PM ET
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I hope so too Michelle.If not I just passed it on to the next person that wants it:) Thank you all the books came today.

 

 

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 5:49 PM ET
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Anne, I would like to read it next if you don't already have a list....

Michelle Wrote: I have a book on my shelf called My Enemy the Queen by Plaidy starring Queen Elizabeth, Robert Dudley, and Lettice Knoylls.

This is my favorite Holt/Plaidy book. I think I told you all how I visit their tombs (Robert and Lettice) when I'm in Warwick. That book got me started on my HF obsession.

Edited to add: Genie, I just got books 4,5 & 6 in the Moreland Dynasty series today at my UBS. They were only $2 each. They'll get posted eventually ;-)

Edited again to add:

#3 is the series is available: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/browse_advanced.php?s_type=b&ti=The+Distant+Wood+%28The+Morland+Dynasty+%233%29&a=Cynthia+Harrod-Eagles

#4 in the series is available:  http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780440115687-CRYSTAL+CROWN+THE



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Date Posted: 12/31/2007 5:54 PM ET
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Re: The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn. I've read it, and I really liked it. The setup for the story was intriguing. In the novel, Anne kept a diary, which an old servant of hers delivers to Queen Elizabeth years later. Elizabeth comes to know her mother through the diary and learns from her tragic story.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 5:56 PM ET
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I liked the set up for that as well.

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 6:00 PM ET
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Marci: After I read it .I send it to you:)

Date Posted: 12/31/2007 8:44 PM ET
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Hey, Marci! Good deal. I actually have 3 and 4, too. I just haven't read them yet. I like to take them when I travel. They're a fun light read.

Genie

Date Posted: 1/1/2008 12:56 AM ET
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yay! thanks Anne.