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Subject: New to historical fiction, could use some recommendations please.
Date Posted: 11/2/2009 2:33 PM ET
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I've read the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon.  I just finished The Tea Rose and The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly.  Loved both of those.  I've got Gracelin O'Malley and the 2nd by Ann Moore coming.  I really like the late victorian period.  Any ideas for other books?  I don't really like books about royalty.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 3:37 PM ET
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A bit older than Victorian but I loved Karleen Koen's books Dark Angels,  Through a Glass Darkly and Now Face to Face.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 4:00 PM ET
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For Victorian America, there's a great book called An Inconvenient Wife by Megan Chance.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 4:02 PM ET
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Aren't Georgette Heyer's books set in that general time frame, and aren't royalty histories, as far as I know. You may enjoy those.

Date Posted: 11/2/2009 5:05 PM ET
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If you like some sex and adventure, etc. stirred into your historical novel, try something by Thomas Costain such as The Black Rose, or by Samuel Shellabarger, such as Captain from Castile, Prince of Foxes, or The King's Cavalier.   I seem to recall that Costain was a professor of history besides being a novelist.

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Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:23 AM ET
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Lots to choose from depends on what time period you like

I like Jean Plaidy a lot and Anya Seton. Sharon Kay . Bernard Cornwell is also very good.


Date Posted: 11/3/2009 7:22 PM ET
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Kristin,  this site might help::       http://www.historicalnovels.info/index.html

You can select the time period you're interested in and it lists many suggestions.


Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:23 PM ET
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Ohhh Patricia that'll be a dangerous website for me.

Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:00 PM ET
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Welcome, Kristin!  I've been away and am just now scrolling through some old posts.  I noticed yours, and that you're from Syracuse, NY.  So am I - I don't often see others from Syracuse, so I thought I'd say hi!

Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 11/25/2009 8:34 PM ET
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THank you Patricia, That is a great website. I found a whole new sub-genre. (I studied Ancient Mesopotamia in College, and didnt realize there were many series set in Iron Age Middle East.)