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Subject: what are your favorite historical fiction authors?
Date Posted: 1/5/2008 7:06 PM ET
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i am trying to compose a list b/c im not finding books on my wishlist.

my fav's thus far are:

  • Orson Scott Card
  • Dan Brown
  • David Drake


i cant think of others i have read before but im interested in YOUR fav's! :)

Date Posted: 1/5/2008 8:17 PM ET
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It has been a while since I read her but I like Alison Weir. I also LOVE the Winston Graham "Poldark" series.
Date Posted: 1/5/2008 8:39 PM ET
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How much time do you have? ;-)

Elizabeth Chadwick

Bernard Cornwell

Sharon Kay Penman

Kenneth Roberts

I'm currently enjoying Manda Scott's quartet on Boudica.


Date Posted: 1/6/2008 6:44 AM ET
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Sharon Kay Penman

Margaret George

James Alexander Thom

Edward Rutherfurd

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 8:56 AM ET
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Jean Plaidy is my absolute favorite.

I also like Philippa Gregory.

Date Posted: 1/6/2008 12:03 PM ET
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Pauline Gedge

Robert Graves

Margaret George

Subject: Couple of "old-timers"
Date Posted: 1/7/2008 3:55 PM ET
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One is Thomas Costain, author of The Black Rose, Captain from Castile, etc.  I think he was a history professor in "real life".

The other is Zoe Oldenbourg, the Frenchwoman who wrote so masterfully about the Middle Ages and the Crusades, etc., in The World Is Not Enough, Destiny of Fire, and The Cornerstone, and others.  Scholarship is apparent in these novels, but doesn't bog down the story-telling.

Nowadays, Larry McMurtry seems to have succeeded to the niche that was occupied by A. B. Guthrie, Jr., in fiction about the American West.  Remember Guthrie's The Way West?  and The Big Sky?

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 5:22 PM ET
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Alex--thanks for this question.  I too am interested in expanding historical fiction authors to read.  Also, thanks to all who contributed answers because I have gotten several authors to explore.

Date Posted: 1/7/2008 5:46 PM ET
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definitely going to check out Zoe Oldenbourg, as well as a few others. :)

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 5:16 PM ET
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To me the "Granddaddy" is James Michener.  I can and have re-read many of his books several times.  Personal favorites:  Hawaii, Centennial, Chesapeake, The Covenant.  In fact, I'm re-reading Centennial now.

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 6:37 PM ET
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Oldies: Norah Lofts, Victoria Holt, Anya Seton

Newer: Philippa Gregory, Diane Haeger, Sara Donati, Carolly Erikson

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 8:04 PM ET
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I just ordered two of Zoe Oldenbourg's books from Seashellbooks.com.  Am getting The World is Not Enough and The Cornerstone.  Sounds like she is a wonderful HF author.

Date Posted: 1/12/2008 5:02 PM ET
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Some of my favorites are:

Anya Seton, Jean Plady, Alison Weir, Philippa Gregory

Date Posted: 1/14/2008 12:54 PM ET
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Add Morgan Llywelyn to my list.  I love her books.  She writes about all things Irish, both ancient and modern.

(Her name, however, is VERY Welsh...go figure!)

Date Posted: 1/17/2008 12:24 PM ET
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I also LOVE the Winston Graham "Poldark" series

Ahhhhhh yes, LeeAnne. Poldark is a great series. I would love to find the US DVD version of the original series.

I also just finished River of Red Gold by Naida West.  Story about the Donner Party survivors and the California Gold Rush . This book haunted me for days. And of course, always Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series.


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Subject: If you like a little humor with your history
Date Posted: 1/18/2008 9:32 AM ET
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Try Fidelis Morgan.  She writes about 17th century London in a very tongue-in-cheek series about Countess Ashby de la Zouche who's got nothing left but her title and her well-read maid Alpiew. The solve murders while writing for the scandal sheet of the day.