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Subject: What are some of your favorite historical fiction authors/books?
Date Posted: 5/31/2007 5:57 PM ET
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Some of my favorite authors are Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George, Colleen McCullough, James Alexander Thom, Edward Rutherfurd. I've enjoyed all of their books.

Some other books I've enjoyed were,

Queen Of Swords by Judith Tarr (about Queen Melisende of Jerusalem)

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross

An Army of Angels by Pamela Marcantel (about Joan of Arc)

I also loved Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

 

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 7:04 PM ET
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My favorite authors are Sharon Kay Penman, Margaret George and Jean Plaidy. However, I'm sure I'll be adding to that list because there are so many more authors that I want to read!

I'm currently reading Treason by Meredith Whitford and I'm really enjoying it! It's not quite as good as SKP's The Sunne in Splendour, but it's probably my second favorite Richard III novel. Though I did enjoy The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey...



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Date Posted: 5/31/2007 7:12 PM ET
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I have enjoyed Karen Moning (part historical/part current day highland romance) and Susan Wiggs' historical books (especially the Chicago Fire Trilogy) are great.  I enjoy reading Johanna Lindsey and I have started reading some of her earlier work.  I recently started reading Gaelen Foley and really like her books, too.

I will have to check out the rest of your favorite authors, too.

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Phillipa Gregory

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Jean Plaidy, hands down. I've also enjoyed Phillipa Gregory, Alison Weir, Margaret George, Carolly Erickson, Robin Maxwell, Posie Graeme-Evans, Anya Seton and most recently, Molly Costain Haycraft.

 

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 9:30 PM ET
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Cynthia Harrod-Eagles writes the Morland Dynasty series which is up to 30 books I think.  It's the history of England from the time of Richard III as experienced by members of the fictional Morland family.

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Susan, those sound really good. I will have to check them out. Which is the first in the series?

Date Posted: 5/31/2007 10:16 PM ET
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Right now, all I can think of is Tracy Chevalier and Fidelis Morgan.

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 7:58 AM ET
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There are soooooooo many authors I'm just getting into in this genre that I can't really call them favorites yet after only reading a couple of books. I also read a lot of historical mysteries, and many of my favorites lie there rather than just with straight historical fiction. That said, I think my two favorites of all time are Dorothy Dunnett for straight historical fiction and Ellis Peters for historical mysteries. 

I have tried reading the first couple of Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Morland dynasty books but could not get into them at all.

Cheryl

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Edward Rutherfurd is my all -time favorite historical fiction writer. His novels are very long but very good.

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I have Daughter Of Time on my TBR pile.

I also have a few Ed Rutherfurd novels.  I think I'll read "London" over the summer.  If I can finish that one, it will be a real accomplishment!

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 2:47 PM ET
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I haven't read enough to have a favorite yet but I loved the Passion Of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland. I really enjoy anything that takes place in Italy because I have Italian ancestry. Any recommendations are welcome!

Date Posted: 6/1/2007 6:12 PM ET
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Marci, the first book is The Founding. 

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Bertrice Small is my favorite.  :) Helps that I'm a number fan of hers and tend to know what's going on with her stuff.

 

I've read Jean Plady and found her's ok.  In fact, my mom has a set of her books that she got from her mom as part of her inheritance.

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I like a lot of the Ann Perry books that take place in England

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Thanks Susan, I ordered the Founding today. Thanks for the recommendation.

Date Posted: 6/11/2007 9:30 PM ET
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Thanks Susan I just ordered The Founding too.

Date Posted: 6/12/2007 7:53 AM ET
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Anne, I ordered the next in the series as well, The Dark Rose. If you like the Founding, let me know and I'll pass it next to you.

Just a guess but I think Anne and I probably have identical book shelves at home...

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Date Posted: 6/12/2007 10:01 AM ET
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Marci: LOL I ordered the Dark Rose too.I bet we do have identical book shelves at home.
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Mmmm...  I think Anne has half my books, so my shelves (or Books I've Read) have to be pretty similar. :)

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Marci: That's for sure:)
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Jean Plaidy, Jean Plaidy, Jean Plaidy!!  Also like Rosalind Miles, Philippa Gregory, Mary Stewart (mkay, maybe she's considered historical fantasy?) and others I can' think of at the mo (long day, folks.)  I bought about a dozen Norah Lofts and Catherine Cookson books at the FOL sale 2 weeks ago, my mom has recommended both authors but  I haven't gotten to them yet.

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 I read so many it's hard to pick, especially in the era I like of very early MIddle Ages. I know there is a lot out there, but so much is just bad.
 
  More cheerfully, I never thought I would like westerns, but Larry McMurtry's westerns, about the United States' Old West, got me hooked in a big way! I just love those books, especially the recent trilogy aboutt he eccentric English family traveling out west, "Folly and Glory" was one of them. I hated so bad to see that series end! Now I've read all his westerns, and they are all terrific.
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I like cowboy/western movies. I don't think I really read anything on cowboys though.

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