Masters of the Past

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Historical Fiction recommendations expanded from lists in Bookmarks magazine 2006 & Booklist magazine 2008.

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Historical Fiction recommendations expanded from lists in Bookmarks magazine 2006 & Booklist magazine 2008.

Masters of the Past

35,000 Years Ago

Clan of the Cave Bear, by Jean Auel (prehistoric Europe) The Red Tent, by Anita Diamant (Biblical events) Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt by Anne Rice (Biblical events) The King Must Die, by Mary Renault (ancient Greece) The Grass Crown, by Colleen McCullough (ancient Rome) The Robe, by Lloyd Douglas (ancient Rome) The Memoirs of Cleopatra, by Margaret George (ancient Egypt) Akhenaten, Dweller in Truth, by Naguib Mahfouz (ancient Egypt)

Middle Ages

Sword at Sunset, by Rosemary Sutcliff (Dark Age Britain) Devoted, by Alice Borchardt (medieval France) Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett (Great Britain, 1135-54) A Morbid Taste for Bones, by Ellis Peters (England, 1137) The Difficult Saint, by Sharan Newman (France, 1146) The Name of the Rose, by Umberto Eco (Italy, 1327) The Changeling of Finnistuath, by Kate Horsley (Ireland, 14th century) Katherine, by Anya Seton (England, 14th century) The Birth of Venus, by Sarah Dunant (Italy, 15th century)

Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment & Beyond I Elizabeth, by Rosalind Miles (England, 1500s) The Lady and the Unicorn, by Tracy Chevalier (Belgium, 1500s) Artemisia, by Alexandra Lapierre (Italy, 1600s) The Game of Kings, by Dorothy Dunnett (Scotland, 1547) Shogun, by James Clavell (feudal Japan, 1600s) The Reavers by George MacDonald Fraser (Elizabethan) City of Dreams, by Beverly Swerling (colonial New York) The Abyssinian, by Jean-Christophe Rufin (17th century Egypt & France) Captain Alatriste, by Arturo Pérez-Reverte (17th century Spain) As Meat Loves Salt, by Maria McCann (English Civil War) The Blue Flower, by Penelope Fitzgerald (18th century Germany) Cry to Heaven, by Anne Rice (18th century Italy) Johnny One-Eye by Jerome Charyn (American Revolution) The Bastard by John Jakes (American Revolution) 19th Century

Master & Commander, by Patrick O Brian (Napoleonic wars/Naval) Hornblower & the Atropos, by C.S. Forester (Napoleonic wars/Naval)

Sharpe s Escape, by Bernard Cornwell (Napoleonic wars/Military) The Grand Sophy, by Georgette Heyer (Regency romance) Chapultepec, by Norman Zollinger (Mexico) The Crimson Petal & the White, by Michel Faber (England) Ahab's wife, or, The star-gazer, by Sena Jeter Naslund (United States) The Big Sky, by A.B. Guthrie, Jr. (American frontier) Death Comes For the Archbishop, by Willa Cather (missionary New Mexico) The Far Pavilions, by M.M. Kaye (colonial India) Cold Mountain, by Charles Frazier (American Civil War) Andersonville, by Mackinlay Kantor (American Civil War) The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara (American Civil War) Redemption Falls by Joseph O'Connor (American Civil War) Love Comes Softly, by Janette Oke (Canadian prairie) Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, by Lisa See (China) In the Name of Salome, by Julia Alvarez (Cuba & Dominican Republic)
20th Century

Ragtime, by E.L. Doctorow (New York) Come with Me to Babylon by Paul M. Levitt (New York) The Strangeness of Beauty, by Lydia Minatoya (Japan) Night of Many Dreams, by Gail Tsukiyama (Hong Kong & United States) 1916 by Morgan Llywelyn (Easter Rising 1916) Hollywood, by Gore Vidal (1920s United States) The Book of Salt, by Monique Truong (1930s France) Consequences by Penelope Lively (1944) Birdsong, by Sebastian Faulks (WWI England & France) The Seventh Well by Fred Wander (Holocaust) Birds Without Wings, by Louis de Bernières (WWI Turkey) A Thread of Grace, by Mary Doria Russell (WWII Italy) An Artist of the Floating World, by Kazuo Ishiguro (WWII Japan) The Devil in a Blue Dress, by Walter Mosley (1940s United States) Fellow Travelers by Thomas Mallon (1950s Washington D.C.)

Multi-Generational Sagas

Roots, by Alex Haley (African-American saga) Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison (African-American saga) Hawaii, by James Michener (an island & its people) Fall on Your Knees, by Ann-Marie Macdonald (Canadian saga) Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides (Greek-American saga) The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende (Chilean saga) The Princes of Ireland: The Dublin Saga by Edward Rutherfurd (Celtic saga) Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset (Icelandic saga) Foreigners by Caryl Phillips (English saga) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks (Judaic saga)

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