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Subject: Authors that come close to Elizabeth Chadwick?
Date Posted: 3/1/2011 11:14 AM ET
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I have to say that I think EC is just about the best historical fiction writer out there, and I have read A LOT of historical ficiton.  Her books are so real and interesting, I just can't get enough of them.  I just finished The Winter Mantle last night and just downloaded To Defy a King to my Ipad.  But I feel I have to pace myself with her books to avoid finishing them all before the next one comes out and then havng nothing as good as them to read.  So are there any authors you guys recommend that come close to her realism and sheer interesting stories, that I can consider?  I have read Sharon Kay Penman, Jean Plaidy, Diana Gabaldon (my co-favorite with EC), and Bernard Cornwell.

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 11:33 AM ET
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Peggy, Have you tried Sara Donati's Wilderness series?  I thought these were excellent.  Not medieval but they take place in America in upstate N.Y.  before and during the war of 1812.

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Date Posted: 3/1/2011 11:43 AM ET
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Oh and Helen Hollick!   All of her books are great.  The Seawitch series has fantasy undertones.  The Pendragon trilogy is a complete departure from other the often  told  Arthurian legend.  Her Saxon series is so interesting as it tells the story  preconquest to the conquest of England through a Saxon's view point.  In my opinion she is cut from the same cloth as Elizabeth Chadwick, If Sharon Penman and Bernard Cornwell had a baby it would be Helen.

Date Posted: 3/1/2011 5:04 PM ET
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If Sharon Penman and Bernard Cornwell had a baby it would be Helen.



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Date Posted: 3/1/2011 6:31 PM ET
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I like Anya Seton a lot especially her books Katherine, Winthrop Women and Avalon.


Date Posted: 3/1/2011 7:24 PM ET
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I like Conn Iggulden. I think he's similar to Cornwell, but he delves deeper into the story. He also does more character development in a single book rather than spreading it out over 30. LOL.

If you don't mind a little paranormal (a ghost element or time travel), I recommend Susanna Kearsley. Her paranormal isn't the kind of vampire thing that's popular today. It's mild by comparison, but every story I've read by her has this element.

The first 2 books in Roberta Gellis' Roselynde series are excellent. I think I remember EC saying she cut her teeth on RG.