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Whilst history books are often dry, and don’t attract a wide readership, novels with fictional storylines based within significant historical periods, and events, are widely read and educate as well as entertain their readership. Historical Fiction books are often a person’s first experience learning about a particular period in history, and an author of such a book will put in as much historical research as a historian working in the period. There are some history novels which are recommended by college and university departments for their educational value, and to assist the history student to better understand the people of the period – by empathising with characters in the novel and their struggles and experience, as imagined by the author.

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There are many classics in this broad fiction genre: the first that comes to mind are Mary Renault’s series of novels based in ancient Greece. These are a great read, by the way! The study of ancient Greece can be, at times, a rather dry and especially academic exercise, but Mary Renault puts humanity at its core and tells a great yarn, at the same time – absorbing and utilizing many historical and mythological elements into her story, including making the ancient hero Theseus the main protagonist of one of her stories. Naturally, there is a great deal of invention in her novels, there has to be because the detail is missing from history, but Renault is a highly capable historian, as well as an excellent imaginative story teller, and her imagining of ancient Greece is entirely credible – and recommended by respected classics professors as a way in to their topic.

But Mary Renault has some great company in this genre. A more contemporary author that comes to mind is Steven Pressfield, who also broke into the bestseller list for his novels on ancient Greece, but has gone on to create numerous, equally popular, books on a variety of other historic periods with a focus on conflict and war – right up to the modern day Afghan war. Other popular authors include: Patrick O’Brian and his ‘Master And Commander series; Robert Graves’ ‘I, Claudius; Umberto Eco’s The Name Of The Rose; Leo Tolstoy’s War And Peace; and the 2012 Booker Prize Winner Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel.

In fact, when you look down any bestseller list of great historical fiction novels, you’ll find very many books you thought of first as thrillers, mysteries, romances, or action adventure stories – but set years in the past.

The imagination required to create a work of fiction is something that can be applied in many directions. Imagining a contemporary environment is no different, in the research required, to imagining an historic period. But historical fiction books can bring history alive for the reader, and educate as well as entertain – and as such, they perform a particular type of service to us all. Long live the history novel!

Historical Fiction Books - The King Must Die by Mary Renault

Classic Historical Fiction Book – The King Must Die by Mary Renault

Historical Fiction Books - Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Bestselling Historical Fiction Book – Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Historical Fiction Books - Master and Commander by Patrick OBrian

Bestselling Historical Fiction Books – Master and Commander by Patrick OBrian

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The Lost Tomb of Cleopatra

The Queen is Dead. His Secret is Safe.Egypt, 30 BC. Roman soldiers storm a temple in search of Queen Cleopatra. From the shadows, one man watches. Although torture and murder are rife, he smiles. He knows the tomb is empty. His secret is safe.Maverick history...

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Three Keys to Murder

“ “Three Keys to Murder” is a riveting roller coaster ride, complete with non-stop action, intriguing characters, and an amazing plotline. I love a good murder mystery, and “Three Keys to Murder” does not disappoint!"...I think “Three Keys to Murder” might just top...

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What Happened in Vienna, Jack?

A robbery in London's Charing Cross Road. The murder of a catholic priest at the end of World War Two. A genocide in Namibia. The discovery of the remains of Hitler's personal secretary.Something connects all these things, and former British spy Jack Price knows the...

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No Game for a Dame

A .38, a nip of gin and sensational legs get Depression-era private investigator Maggie Sullivan out of most scrapes – until a stranger threatens to bust her nose, she’s hauled in on suspicion of his murder and she finds herself in the cross-hairs of a crime boss with...

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The Last Emir

Risk everything; fight to the last: a taut and intense historical thriller from master author S.J.A. TurneyThe relics of Christendom have been plundered during the long Moorish conquest of the Iberian peninsula. Newly minted Templar Sergeant Arnau de Vallbona must...

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Scoundrels

Spanning much of the 20th Century, and revolving around the infamous gentlemen’s club of London, SCOUNDRELS is the jaw-dropping memoirs of the disreputable spies, Major Cornwall and Major Trevelyan.The Majors recount scandalous tales of murder on Everest, panda...

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Paris

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Edward Rutherfurd, the grand master of the historical novel, comes a dazzling epic about the magnificent city of Paris. Moving back and forth in time, the story unfolds through intimate and thrilling tales of self-discovery, divided...

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God’s Fool

"If you can read [God’s Fool] without being astonished and touched, then you’d better check to see if your heart is made of stone…simply brilliant. A book of the year." —Dallas Morning NewsBorn attached at the chest, Chang and Eng were considered a marvel, an act of...

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The Blue

‘Nancy Bilyeau's passion for history infuses her books’ – Alison Weir'Historical fans will be well satisfied.' - Publishers Weekly In eighteenth century England, porcelain is the most seductive of commodities.In eighteenth century London, porcelain is the most...

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The Last Suppers

Set in 1950s Louisiana, Mandy Mikulencak’s beautifully written and emotionally moving novel evokes both The Help and Dead Man Walking with the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own...

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Outside the Magic Circle

FROM REVIEWSI found it a fascinating tale, although I may never be able to watch 'A Christmas Carol' again with quite the same affection. (Marilyn Groves, Reviewer, Goodreads)It’s a love story, a story of betrayal and cruelty, and a wonderful astute and perceptive...

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The House of Baric Part One

"This is a delightful series..." - Historical Novel Society ReviewMarriage matches for the Venetian nobility were not preordained by God in heaven, they were skillfully negotiated by fathers looking to enhance their own prestige and wealth.A 17th century young lady...

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The House of Closed Doors

Heedless. Stubborn. Disgraced. Small town Illinois, 1870: "My stepfather was not particularly fond of me to begin with, and now that he'd found out about the baby, he was foaming at the mouth"Desperate to avoid marriage, Nell Lillington refuses to divulge the name of...

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Sinister Goings-on in Room Seven

A QUIRKY HISTORICAL COZY WITH A STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST Jane investigates a series of mysterious disappearances from a small hotel, a stolen houseboat, a bunch of counterfeit paintings, and a jewelry salesman on the lam. About the Jane Carter Historical Cozy Mystery...

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Eaters of the Dead

From the bestselling author of Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Sphere comes an epic tale of unspeakable horror. It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to their home. He is appalled by their customs—the...

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Injustice for Gold in Africa

Injustice For Gold In Africa. A Historical Fiction Thriller To Find The Human Heart.After the death of his wife, Dr. Christoph Kloppel discovers a partial cure for cancer that could have saved her. With grief and regret driving his determination, he is eventually...

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Past Crimes

Step into the past through three historical mysteries that reach from Imperial Rome to Victorian London.A Soupçon of Poison(Kat Holloway Victorian Mysteries)Kat Holloway, a young cook who is highly sought after by the wealthy of Victorian London, becomes embroiled in...

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The Heiress of Linn Hagh

Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh.The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry ‘witchcraft’.The heiress’s uncle summons help from Detective Lavender and his assistant, Constable Woods, who face...

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The Keep

It's 1862, during the reign of Queen Victoria in England. Lady Patricia Spencer of London inherits the family fortune--which includes a Keep in Scotland, a mysterious medallion that can bring hope of a better life to so many if put into the right hands. Lady Patricia...

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The Settlers of Catan

The year is 850. In the seas of northern Europe, the small coastal village of Elasund falls prey to marauding neighbors. Their food stores pillaged, women and children stolen, livestock destroyed, the villagers are left to barely survive the harsh winter — and...

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Julia’s Hope

Like countless others in 1931, Samuel Wortham lost his job. And he lost his wife's inheritance, their home, and much of his self-respect. Samuel, his wife, Julia, and their two young children hitchhike from Pennsylvania to Illinois in hope of work. Caught on the road...

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The Mystery of Julia Episcopa

How far will men go to erase a woman who has been dead for centuries?In AD 78, in the age of Emperor Domitian, a woman called Julia flees for her life. Hidden beneath her robes, she carries proof of a conspiracy -- an evil lie intended to silence women forever. Men...

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The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco’s first novel, an international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Médicis Étranger awards The year is 1327. Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When...

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Bottle and Glass

Bottle and Glass is a story of survival and escape told from the barstools of two dozen boisterous Kingston taverns at the close of the War of 1812. The novel follows the fortunes of Jeremy Castor and his cousin, Merit Davey, two young men snatched from the Cornish...

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The Storyteller Trilogy (Boxed Set)

The complete saga of prehistoric Aleut tribal life in one volume: “Under Harrison’s hand, ancient Alaska comes beautifully alive” (The Denver Post).  In Song of the River, eighty centuries ago, in the frozen land that is now Alaska, a clubfooted male child had been...

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The German Girl

A young girl flees Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas refuge they had been promised is an illusion in this “powerful and affecting” (Kirkus Reviews) debut novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, All the Light...

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Ghosts of Tsavo

Finalist in the 2016 RONE Awards. 280+ Reviews on Amazon.comWhere African myth meets Victorian manners: Armed with Victorian etiquette, a fully loaded walking stick and a dead husband, Beatrice Knight arrives in the small colonial town of Nairobi desperate for a pot...

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The Storyteller Trilogy (Boxed Set)

The complete saga of prehistoric Aleut tribal life in one volume: “Under Harrison’s hand, ancient Alaska comes beautifully alive” (The Denver Post).  In Song of the River, eighty centuries ago, in the frozen land that is now Alaska, a clubfooted male child had been...

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Tempest in the Tea Room

There’s trouble afoot in Regency London’s Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes—until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair: General Well’ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish...

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An Uncommon Folk Rhapsody

COLD MOUNTAIN MEETS THE COLOR PURPLE.A story of the many faces of Love amidst an era of suffering and hate, spanning cultures, continents and generations.Shay is an orphan. A young Asian boy with no link to his past – except for a mysterious jade amulet – and no idea...

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Big Breasts and Wide Hips

In his latest novel, Mo Yan—arguably China’s most important contemporary literary voice—recreates the historical sweep and earthy exuberance of his much acclaimed novel Red Sorghum. In a country where patriarchal favoritism and the primacy of sons survived multiple...

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The Quiet American

A “masterful . . . brilliantly constructed novel” of love and chaos in 1950s Vietnam (Zadie Smith, The Guardian).   It’s 1955 and British journalist Thomas Fowler has been in Vietnam for two years covering the insurgency against French colonial rule. But it’s not just...

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The Virtues of War

I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. So begins Alexander’s extraordinary confession on the eve of his greatest crisis of leadership. By turns heroic and calculating, compassionate and utterly merciless, Alexander recounts with a warrior’s...

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The Rose Without a Thorn

From the pen of legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes an unforgettable true story of royalty, passion, and innocence lost. Born into an impoverished branch of the noble Howard family, young Katherine is plucked from her home to live with her grandmother, the...

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The Vision of Jenny Merkus

Building a house for Jesus in JerusalemA historical novel based on a true story about a wealthy Dutch woman, who went to Palestine in 1873, in order to build a gigantic, unique house in Jerusalem intended for Jesus Christ. She came to fulfil a divine message she...

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