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Posted: 15-Jan-2005, 09:13 AM
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Does anyone read historical fiction?

My favorite author is Bernard Cornwell (http://www.bernardcornwell.net). I also enjoy nautical fiction too (http://www.tallshipsbooks.com).

If you enjoy this too, tell us what you read.

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Posted: 15-Jan-2005, 09:34 AM
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My passion is history ( and historical cooking ), to list the books I have read here would take many days.

Historical fiction can be a great source of knowledge in studying a time period, but as with all fiction you need to be careful of what you extract as truth.


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It is one of my most favorite genres of literature. Some of my favorite authors are Phillipa Gregory and Margaret George.

Phillipa Gregory has mostly written about King Henry the 8th and the trials of the court in that time period - Anne Boleyn, Queen Catherine, and others from that time. Margaret George writes in the first person as if she was Cleopatra, my favorite book of hers'.


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I haven't read a lot of historical fiction recently, but growing up one of my favorite authors was Ann Rinaldi who wrote historical fiction for young adults. They were really good books about many different time periods although I read a lot of the Civil War and American Revolution era books. She writes from a first person view and I think that this helps because it gets the reader(especially a teenager) into the time period.


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I love historical fiction, especially if there is a little romance involved! wink.gif biggrin.gif My favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Kathleen Givens, Shannon Drake who all writes mostly about Scottish history. Diana Gabaldon also writes about American history as well, specifically the American revolution in her Outlander series.

I have heard really great things about authors: Amanda Scott, Barbara Erskine, and Jean Plaidy, who also write about Scottish history.


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I like historical fiction. I enjoy the detail that is involved in the stories; the day to day business. These things are skipped in straight history.
I like to read a history, then a historical fiction; for example if you have read "For whom the bell tolls" try reading "Between the bullet and the lie".


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QUOTE (CelticRose @ 16-Jan-2005, 12:22 AM)
I love historical fiction, especially if there is a little romance involved! wink.gif biggrin.gif My favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon

I enjoy her books too!

Another author I can recommend who writes historical fiction is Lauren Royal; I think her book series has all titles of jewels like Amythst, Amber, Emerald and I believe there's a newer one I don't have yet.

I met Lauren on a discussion board several years ago (we like the same Scottish band Del Amitri) and we've kept in touch as she began writing the book series & had issued a new book every year or so. She actually went to Scotland and England to do her research, so she gives a good sense of place when you read these books. We used to laugh about how she should hide Del Amitri references in the book and see how many Dels fans would find them! In the beginning of the books she often thanks Dels fans we both know, like Jane A. and Karen N....

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I had forgotten about her books, SB. I must look for those. Thanks!
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I believe Lauren Royal has a new book coming out soon but I...

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aw shucks, I just changed my avatar to a new one of Aragorn and I can't keep my thoughts straight with that image looking at me...

Wow. He just floats my boat, I'm sorry!

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And a very very nice avatar that is, SB! Yummy! smile.gif thumbs_up.gif
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I've found myself bouncing between historical fiction and fantasy in my fiction-reading. Possibly that's because I've been writing historical fiction for...way too long now. tongue.gif

Diana Gabaldon is a goddess in her own right. A very close second for me is Sharon Kay Pennman. Bernard Cornwell redeemed himself with the Archer's trilogy. First book I'd read of his was Stonehenge, and I was getting rather annoyed with his seeming hangup with human sacrifice. Loved the Archer's Tale and the next two of that line though. Ward Rutheford is a good one to check out as well...hm...who else...we already mentioned Philippa Gregory. I haven't gotten to her new book as of yet, but it's on the to-read list.

Which reminds me...I'm running out of books again! Gah!


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I just recently heard about Sharon Penman, so gotta get her books too now.
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For those of you who like "historical fiction," especially if it is set in Scotland during the 1745 uprising, I want to recommend a new author to you. Her name is Loren Teague. She is from Scotland who now lives in New Zealand. I know her from my re-enactment sites. She is a lovely lady and if your interested in the Battle of Culloden, this book is a good way to introduce you to the period. Here is the link to check out "Highland Rebel" and how to order her book, if you so choose. I already ordered mine! wink.gif Here is the link and a few words from the author:

"The story is set during the Jacobite uprising in Scotland, and latterly
frontier America. I have included a fair bit of historical detail where
relevant to the story, so I'd like to think it has a wider readership than
just for women. I've written it from a Scottish perspective."

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I'm reading Phillipa Gregory's - The Virgin's Lover

It is no wonder she's a bestseller. Her writing is amazing, really flows and readable unlike some that let the history get in the way of the story.

But, sad.gif it's quite a long book and 2/3 the way in, the conflict hasn't changed much.
I'm ready for somoene to get murdered already. biggrin.gif


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Being the complete Civil War freak that I am, I have enjoyed the series by Newt Gingrich, kind of a "what if the South had won at Gettysburg" scenario. Very interesting. Also, Killer Angels and Gods and Generals by Michael Shaara. They were the basis for the screenplays of Gettysburg and Gods and Generals.


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