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Subject: Similar to Bernard Cornwell
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 8:51 PM ET
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Hey guys.  I'm a big fan of Bernard Cornwells historical fiction.  Particularly the Saxon tales and the Arthur series.  I am wondering if any of you Cornwell fans can suggest any book series that are similar to  his writing.  Or even just some historical fiction that you really enjoyed.  I would greatly appreciate it.  :)

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:15 PM ET
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Simon Scarrow,  immediately comes to mind...   Sharon Penman is to many here the high priestess of H/F and in my opinion she has never written a bad book! 

 

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:18 PM ET
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I love the Patrick O'Brian "Master and Commander" books.
Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:50 PM ET
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Tim check this out it is a list started by Christa there are some good suggestions there. http://www.paperbackswap.com/Essential-Historical-Fiction/list/307/

Date Posted: 9/10/2010 9:58 PM ET
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Steven Pressfield is good; he writes about ancient Greece mostly.  Conn Iggulden is another popular author here (Genghis Khan) and one of my current favorites is Owen Parry (Civil War era). 

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 12:15 AM ET
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I have not read it yet but when I read the description of Killer of Men by Christian Cameron it put me in mind of Cornwell.

Date Posted: 9/11/2010 10:48 PM ET
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Thanks all.  You've given me a great list to explore.  Much appreciated!

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 9/12/2010 7:05 AM ET
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Stephen Lawhead too.

Alice

Date Posted: 9/12/2010 8:05 PM ET
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Stephen Lawhead and Conn Iggulden - both mentioned above. But these two come readily to mind. Maybe John Jakes, too, if you like American History. Oh, and for American history, Kenneth Roberts is tops.

Date Posted: 9/28/2010 3:44 PM ET
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Tim, my hubby is a big Sharpe fan (print and video), and we both really enjoyed Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, which starts with His Majesty's Dragon.  It is set in the Napoleonic era, like many Sharpe books, and the main (human) hero is a military man.

Date Posted: 9/28/2010 4:02 PM ET
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Elizabeth, I just read Novik and have requested the others from the library,  I really didn't know if I would like it but got it for the historical fantasy challenge and ended up loving it.  It was so well done that you could imagine that there was and air force during the Napoleonic wars.

Date Posted: 9/28/2010 7:12 PM ET
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I've got to get to that book. smiley Mebbe before the end of the year.

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Date Posted: 10/8/2010 8:45 AM ET
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Kevin Baker - Paradise Alley is one of my favorite historical novels. It takes place during the NYC draft riots of the 1860s. It can be depressing at times but the novel stayed with me long after I finished it. It was one of those books that just wowed me.

Date Posted: 10/8/2010 9:58 PM ET
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I don't know if the writing style is similar, but Bernard himself recommended a book to me (no, not just specifically to me, it's on his website, LOL!).  I can't recall the author's name, and I'm way too lazy to run upstairs and look at the book, but it's called The French Executioner.  It's about the guy who actually beheaded Anne Boleyn.  Obviousl it's a different time period than either BC's Saxon or Arthur series are set in, but I figure if Bernard liked it, I might too.  LOL!

I also concur about Penman being an excellent writer!