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Subject: Looking for ideas...
Date Posted: 3/22/2009 11:43 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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Hi everyone!

I recently just discovered historical fiction. I read The Other Boleyn Girl, The Historian, and The Labyrinth. I had a hard time putting these books down and actually getting anything else accomplished :)

Does anyone have any recommendations of similar books? Thanks!



Date Posted: 3/22/2009 12:28 PM ET
Member Since: 4/25/2007
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Hi Holly,

You've definately come to the right place for recommendations!  Here are a few of my favorite authors/books:

Sharon Kay Penman - The Sunne in Splendour (Richard III - don't be put off by the size of the book!); Here Be Dragons, Falls the Shadow and The Reckoning (her Welsh trilogy set during the reign of King John, Henry III and Edward I); When Christ and His Saints Slept, Time and Chance, and Devils Brood (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine)

Elizabeth Chadwick (the UK author, not the US romance writer).  Although some of her older books have a definite romantic element, they are strongly written historicals set mostly during the 12th century.  They can be hard to find in the US (some are being published here later this year), but libraries often have them or you can get free shipping from the UK from The Book Depository

Anya Seton's Katherine - a classic.

Jean Plaidy wrote a lot of historicals and her books are pretty popular.  Some of her writing can be a little dry, but she is great to read if you are unfamiliar with a particular period of history since her stories are fairly straightforward.



Date Posted: 3/22/2009 1:33 PM ET
Member Since: 6/1/2007
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Philippa Gregory is one of my favorite authors.  I also enjoyed Boleyn Inheritance, the Queen's Fool, and the Virgin's Lover by her.

I also really liked To the Tower Born by Robin Maxwell (liked hers enough to order the rest of her books)

and The Autobiography of Henry VIII and Mary Queen of Scots and the Isles by Margaret George.

There is a site called literature-map.com where you type in the name of an author you like and it will give you authors that are similar to those ones.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Historical Fiction!


Date Posted: 3/23/2009 5:14 PM ET
Member Since: 11/16/2008
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I agree with Daphne Anya Seton's Katherine - a classic

Something I do is get on this discusion board and look at other members wish list and reviews and get ideas from there.