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Addicted to historical fiction, but need some recommendations!

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KingRollo Tue 14-May-13 21:00:50

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LaQueen Thu 23-May-13 18:17:15

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LaQueen Thu 23-May-13 18:15:24

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mimbleandlittlemy Wed 22-May-13 16:54:36

I'd forgotten both The Last English King and This Thing of Darkness - this is a great thread for remembering good books.

Bearandcub Wed 22-May-13 16:25:15

grin King Rollo

Ruffello Wed 22-May-13 07:21:36

Not particularly the period you're interested in, but I enjoyed The Last English King by Julian Rathbone and As Meat Loves Salt by Maria McCann.

lemonpuff Tue 21-May-13 19:25:12

how about Diana Galbordon, Sara Donati (not available on Kindle, I live in hope) and Cynthia Harod-Eagles, i currently working my way through these again.

KingRollo Tue 21-May-13 18:34:21

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Bearandcub Tue 21-May-13 08:53:58

Hangman's Daughter Trilogy
Company of Liars
Swarming of Bees

There's a great book about The Black Death but cannot find it to give you a title similarly something re The Witchfinder General.

Not much help there.... I'll get my coat.

Dunlurking Tue 21-May-13 08:39:49

Great to hear of other authors to try on here, thanks.

To Philippa Gregory fans - it is worth trying Elizabeth Fremantle's debut novel about Katherine Parr, just out. Not as good as Philippa Gregory as she writes now, but possibly better than some of her early books. It's only just out in hardback so I got mine from the library. You get that Henry VIII's wives fix from it anyway!

juneybean Fri 17-May-13 23:34:29

I enjoyed The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell earlier this year

KingRollo Fri 17-May-13 20:28:05

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Laquila Fri 17-May-13 11:15:12

KingRollo I'm so pleased you started this thread - I have loads of recommendations here to look forward to!

Mimble I was very disappointed with A Place Of Greater Safety - I only got about a third of the way through. It's still on my Kindle and I look at it wistfully every now and again but can't muster up enough excitement to try it again. Have you read Fludd and if so what did you think to that? (I haven't yet)

I enjoy the Shardlake ones but preferred Winter In Madrid, also by CJ Sansom, although it's set much more recently (not sure what constitutes "historical" for you in this context!)

Ooooooh also: The Glass of Time and The Meaning of Night, by Michael Cox - LOVED those books! (one's a sequel to the other but can't remember which way round)

CoteDAzur Fri 17-May-13 10:24:37

You have to read This Thing Of Darkness.

KingRollo Fri 17-May-13 07:27:43

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BlueEyeshadow Thu 16-May-13 22:32:22

Absolutely yes to Dorothy Dunnett. And you can't beat Georgette Heyer for something lighter.

Polyethyl Thu 16-May-13 12:47:44

Mary Renault wrote superb fiction set in ancient Greece.
And nothing beats the Flashman books for an incredible romp through Victorian history.

mimbleandlittlemy Thu 16-May-13 12:43:36

I think the Ken Follett books are pretty enjoyable - the first one particularly. Second one feels too much like a replay of the first but worth a go.

Is it true that C J Sansom has said the next one will be the last because of his health?

KingRollo Wed 15-May-13 15:55:02

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MorvahRising Wed 15-May-13 14:47:44

SirBoobALot I absolutely agree about Jean Plaidy; I read them to death as a child and teenager and I still love them. They also taught me an enormous amount of history just by osmosis!

iseenodust I also avoid Ken Follett, although my sister loves his books.

About to check out Dorothy Dunnett! Looks great.

Tidypidy Wed 15-May-13 13:13:17

Try CJ Sansom's Shardlake series. They follow the reign of Henry VIII so a bit later in history but they are very atmospheric and gripping. Each one has about 700 pages so they last a long time too! I've read all five in last 12 weeks whilst breastfeeding dc3!

Ubermumsy Wed 15-May-13 13:09:47

C J Sansom, if you like whodunnits. Or the Bernard Cornwell ones (Sharpe, and the Heretic/Harlequin trilogy) if you don't mind a war-related theme.

And of course the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters, though they're not exactly challenging!

For non-fiction, I really rate Terry Jones (Barbarians and Medieval Lives are two good ones).

I didn't like Owl Killers at all; made me feel deeply unsettled.

SconeRhymesWithGone Wed 15-May-13 13:09:00

Rose Tremain recently published Merivel, a sequel to Restoration. I have not read it yet (saving it for my summer holiday), but it has received excellent reviews.

GoblinGranny Wed 15-May-13 13:01:40

Oh, and these, based on the Flower of Chivalry that was William Marshall.

Seeline Wed 15-May-13 13:01:02

I like Barbara Erskine's books - they are normally set in modern times, but are linked to a variety of historical eras, usually with a bit of paranormal-type effects. Sound strange put like that but I have found them really interesting as they area well researched.

TerrysNo2 Wed 15-May-13 12:58:31

mimble I agree that Owl Killers was a disappointment too, its a shame as I'm hesitant to get Karen Maitlands other books now (that and the fact they aren't cheap on the kindle)

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