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Subject: What historical era fascinates you the most?
Date Posted: 2/13/2008 4:13 PM ET
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I am 29 years old and live in Mississippi.

For reasons I can't fully explain, I am fascinated by 19th century London, followed closely by 19th century New York, Boston, Chicago, etc.

My favorite reads recently:

(London):  Jack the Ripper: The Facts- Paul Begg;  The Complete Sherlock Holmes- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle;  Thunderstruck- Erik Larson

(Other): Devil in the White City- Erik Larson;  The Dante Club- Matthew Pearl;  The Poe Shadow- Matthew Pearl;  The Alienist- Caleb Carr

(TBR): The Angel of Darkness- Caleb Carr;  The List of Seven- Mark Frost;  Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Curruption, and New York's Trial of the Century- Mike Dash

I think that there is something more interesting regarding the human element when solving crimes in the 1800s. While I love TV shows like CSI and Bones where there is cutting edge technology to no end, I prefer not to read about it. Solving crimes without DNA evidence, fingerprinting, spy sattelites, and fast cars adds a different sort of  a get-your-hands-dirty human element that I really enjoy getting a closer glimpse of. But whatever the true reason is, I know this much: I can't get enough of it.

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Date Posted: 2/13/2008 6:30 PM ET
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Europe from roughly 1000-1500's is the time period and place that I like best, particularly England/Scotland/Wales, but other places at that time are interesting too. But I will read pretty much any historical fiction. I'm not crazy about anything past 1850 or so, and much prefer history of "other places" to American History. No idea why, but even back in high school, American History bored the heck out of me.

Ellis Peters' "Brother Cadfael mysteries" is probably my very favorite historical mystery series, though there are several others I really enjoy too.


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Date Posted: 2/13/2008 6:33 PM ET
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I jump all over, although I read mostly European historical settings from early times (roughly, 100 AD) to 1500. I also enjoy Mexican history and Roman history.

Date Posted: 2/13/2008 9:51 PM ET
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I'll read almost anything, but I seem to be attracted to the 19th Century England, the Renaissance, and the Victorian Era, and 1930s-1940s.

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Date Posted: 2/13/2008 10:16 PM ET
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I have never been interested in reading much about American History because it seemed too much like school. It's a shame US History wasn't  presented as more interesting. 

I prefer European history from 1000 through WW II. Currently I am in Plantagenet mode. While I prefer English/Welsh history,  I am equally fascinated by all European history. I'm also obsessed with Peron-era Argentina.

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Date Posted: 2/14/2008 9:39 AM ET
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I love to read about English history from about 1066, the Norman invasion, until the start of the Tudor era. After that, it loses interest for me. I also love to read about Native American history, especially the northeastern region where I am from.

Date Posted: 2/14/2008 12:15 PM ET
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So far, I've been most fascinated by ancient history (Greece, Rome, Egypt) and medieval and Renaissance Europe (with a special interest in the Tudors and their times.) I'm starting to branch out, though, and I'm finding other historical periods and locations are just as interesting to me.

I previously was not all that interested in English history after Elizabeth I, but I've recently read some fiction set in the Restoration and enjoyed learning about that period. I also have all of Jean Plaidy's Georgian saga, so I'll be tackling that era soon.

Last year, I read a few books focusing on the reign of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and the French Revolution. I suspect I'll soon become obsessed by that time period, as well.


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Date Posted: 2/15/2008 2:48 AM ET
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Although Ancient Egypt is my first love, I also read English History,1400's through the 1800's, anything about Czar Nicholas II and Alexandra,Catherine the Great, Peter the Great, the Holocaust, or any books about Pompeii. I have a couple of books on my TBR pile about Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette and Napoleon and Josephine. These books will be the first time that I have read anything about France. I just haven't been too interested in French History, so I will see how it goes. Oh! And recently I have been reading historical books that take place in China.
Date Posted: 2/17/2008 4:39 PM ET
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I seem to love a lot of books dealing with England, just about any time in history other than really modern.

I love 19th-early 20th century especially.  Also Irish and Scottish history.

Date Posted: 2/17/2008 7:56 PM ET
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I started out with the Tudor period and have branched out.  Reading The Kitchen Boy and Rasputin's Daughter really got me interested in Russian hf too.

Subject: London
Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:40 PM ET
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I love  early 1800's through mid 1900's England. I really enjoy reading about the East End London. Child of the Jago, Sister Carrie,were a couple of good books.  Gilr With a Pearl Earring was a good preiod book, mid 1700's Holland. Angela's Ashes was a good read about Ireland even though it is set in the 1930's.It starts in America moves to Ireland then back to America again. I found it to be sad, humorous, informative and just a greart read.

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Date Posted: 2/22/2008 8:52 PM ET
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