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Subject: historical romance suggestions
Date Posted: 9/16/2008 1:09 AM ET
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Medieval historical romances -- even if they are very silly -- are my guilty pleasure. Lately I've been wondering if any romances set in ancient times have been written (1 AD and previous)? Any country is fine, but I would prefer no sex scenes or brief ones that I could skip over. Also I would prefer not to read "cavemen" stories (I have run across a few of those and didn't care for them.)

I would also settle for a fantasy romance set in an "ancient" world, so long as it does not contain witches/warlocks, vampires, or demons. Dragons and fairies are okay.

 

Does such a creature exist? :)

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 10:50 AM ET
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There are these by Judith E. French:

The Barbarian

The Warrior

The Conqueror

I think they're set in ancient Greece around the time of Alexander (4th Century?).  I got recommendations on them, and I even had all of them at one time, but never read them.  I think I still have The Warrior on my shelf.  I didn't read them because I never found myself in the mood to take on that historical period, but I think all three got decent reviews from AAR.  B to B+ mostly.

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 6:34 PM ET
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Thank you so much for the suggestions! Thank you also for the links, that is very helpful. ^^ It does sound interesting. :)

Date Posted: 9/16/2008 8:20 PM ET
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Although it doesn't have a time setting because it is labelaed "alternate reality" I would suggest Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan if it's not too "caveman-ish"  for you. It's very subtle in the sex scene dept.

Here is a review http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=2173

Also, havent read it but here is a Dark Ages romance   http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=2173 it seems to be an Arthurian retelling, so ther will probably be magic/dragons.

I know Helen Kirkman does a ton of Dark Ages and Knights Templar and that kind of thing, but haven't read her.

I find that HQN imprints at eharlequin does more medieval's and the like than many imprints, and I know I have seen them doing a few that were set in ancient Greece, so I would check out the titles there.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 12:24 AM ET
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Oh, thank you. Yeah, I was starting to think that maybe I could try searching Yahoo. Thank you for the links. :)

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 11:42 AM ET
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It's not traditionally a romance but Valley of the Horses by Jean Auel is pre 1AD and has romantic elements. There are sex scenes but theyre not tittilating (at least they werent to me). Julia Landon also wrote some medieval, pre-medieval romances for Harlequin Historical.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 12:15 PM ET
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There are a couple good prehistoric series out there, and while they aren't romance there is a romantic element to them. Valley of the Horses is actually part of a series called "Earth's Children" and starts with Clan of the Cave Bear, which is a really good book. William Sarabande also has one that starts with Beyond the Sea of Ice : The First Americans, Book 1. It isn't as good as Auel's books in my opinion, but still worth reading if you like the genre.  Sue Harrison also has a series starting with Mother Earth Father Sky. I haven't read hers yet, but they are on my reminder list. I really like prehistoric fiction, and most I read have a bit of romance, but it's the adventure that I like.

Date Posted: 9/17/2008 5:34 PM ET
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Oh, I think I ran across Mother Eath, Father Sky and added it to my list too. Thank you everyone for your suggestions. I honestly wasn't expecting this many. :) I tried looking up "ancient romance novels" on Yahoo. Not surprisingly I mostly found truly ancient romance novels. :p But I did find one author who sounded interesting.

sfields I like your avatar. It makes me think of my favorite kitty, except she has grey fur and green eyes...

Date Posted: 9/18/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I don't have books to recommend, but I was caught off guard with the caveman reference? People write romance books involving cavemen???  Intriguing!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 11:20 PM ET
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These may be too "caveman" for you, but Joan Wolf wrote a trilogy set in prehistoric times:  Daughter of the Red Deer, The Horsemasters and The Reindeer Hunters.  I loved them!

Here's a few more:

Suzanne Robinson (Of Lady Gallant fame)  wrote a book set in ancient Egypt called Heart of the Falcon.  Merline Lovelace also wrote one set in ancient Egypt called Lady of the Upper Kingdom.

Anya Seton wrote a book set in Britain during the time of it's Roman occupation called The Mistletoe and the Sword.  Joy Nash is also writing a series set in that time frame.  Her series starts with Celtic Fire.   Juliet Landon has written some Harlequin Historicals from that period, too.

Roberta Gellis wrote some fabulous romances set during the time of Ancient Greece using some mythological figures.  Dazzling Brightness, Shimmering Splendor and Emchanted Fire are the first three in the series.

Hope this helps in your search!

Date Posted: 9/19/2008 11:27 PM ET
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Suzanne Robinson was the author i found when i did a search. ^^ She sounded very interesting. Thank you for the suggestions! I'll check them out!

Honestly, I had no idea that there were so many books set in an older time period. This makes me very happy. :)

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 10:36 PM ET
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Have fun!  I love to delve into ancient historical romances, too.  In fact, after I posted I ordered Merline Lovelace's book because it looked interesting.  :)   Most of the others I mentioned I have read and enjoyed.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 1:21 PM ET
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No sex scenes?  Sorry don't read them.  What's the point?  I need lotsa steam.  If you don't mind a little steam, Marsha Canham's The Last Arrow is one of the best medievals ever written.  Also, Madeline Hunter's By Possession & by Design are good and not that steamy. 

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 7:50 PM ET
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The point is that I often feel that author's feel that if they throw in a "steamy scene" it will hide the fact that they have no writing talent. The reader is now left with the anger of wasting money on a pointless -- even confusing -- novel. I would choose substance over sex any day.

I'll take a look at those titles. Thanks. :)

Date Posted: 11/30/2008 9:28 PM ET
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here is an author that you might like...... Lindsey Davis she writes about a PI who solves crime in 70AD Rome. the series is technicly a Mystery but the hero in the story falls for one girl in the very 1st book and in all the rest of the books it fallows their courtship and such ( dont want to put in any spoilers) ths sex scences if you can evan call them that are brief and mainly just what I would call cuddling.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 1:20 AM ET
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Thanks, I love mysteries too, so this sounds good. ^^