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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #30 on: April 09, 2012, 03:18:38 PM »
1/4 in reading Dark Fire by C.J Sansom book two of the Shardlake series Didn't think i would like it but found myself really enjoying it need to track down book one as I haven't read that one yet  :)

it's about a Lawyer living in Tudor England solving cases and ends up working for Thomas Cromwell
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #31 on: April 26, 2012, 11:11:44 AM »
This clip sprang to mind the other day....My favourite fight scene of all time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61jiwHn_-vs

Got me in the mood for some historical fiction about Troy. But there's a ton of stuff...any suggestions?

Edit: I know Gemmell's done some good stuff.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #32 on: April 27, 2012, 12:33:48 AM »
With Troy I was never able to go past one of the retellings of the original legend. I think my preferred one as a kid was one done by Roger Lancelyn Green, but I get the impression you're not looking for that sort of thing.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #33 on: April 30, 2012, 03:21:05 AM »
Bernard Cornwell is awesome.  I'm reading The Fort right now.  Excellent tale of a beleaguered British outpost in Maine (Massachusetts) at the tail end of the war when the main British force was bogged down in the Carolinas.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #34 on: April 30, 2012, 09:54:03 AM »
Some of my favourites include: I, Claudius, and Claudius the God by Robert Graves. If you're into Greek stuff Mary Renault is brilliant especially The King Must Die, and Bull from the Sea. Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series is good, but for pure blood and guts my absolute favourites are Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian trilogy, and his current Saxon Series. Just finished the latest one -Death of Kings - last night. Oh, and Shogun is superb too.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2012, 12:01:34 AM »
If you're into Roman history with a bit of mystery the Claudia Seferius mysteries by Marilyn Todd were a lot of fun, and there's also the Falcos by Lindsey Davis, same time period, but a little more serious than the Claudias.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2012, 12:46:04 AM »
Alot of people have mentioned O'Brian and Cornwell. But what about Conn Igulden and I remember reading a book called Pilgrim by a James Jackson I think a few years back, about the crusades.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2012, 04:48:21 AM »
Conn Iggulden's Conqueror series about the Khan dynasty was a great read and a number of genre authors (Neal Stephenson amongst them) have just released a collaborative effort called The Mongoliad, which covers some of that territory with a twist.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2012, 08:11:03 PM »
Ramses series by Christian Jacq. He's an actual Egyptologist so the historical references are accurate but the books read well despite being translated from French.

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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #39 on: September 04, 2012, 12:34:57 PM »
If you're into Roman history with a bit of mystery the Claudia Seferius mysteries by Marilyn Todd were a lot of fun, and there's also the Falcos by Lindsey Davis, same time period, but a little more serious than the Claudias.

I don't know if they're more serious than the Claudias, but they;re great fun to read.

Sharon Kay Penman writes great books, her Welsh trilogy is just wonderful, and so is her series on Henry FitzEmpress (Henry II) and his family.
Also Elizabeth Chadwick writes about the same historical period as well (just make sure its the History writer, not the Romance writer  ;D)
Edith Pargeter (who also writes as Ellis Peters), Peter Tremayne, Simon Scarrow, Bernard Cornwell,
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #40 on: September 04, 2012, 12:41:35 PM »
Sharon Kay Penman writes great books, her Welsh trilogy is just wonderful, and so is her series on Henry FitzEmpress (Henry II) and his family.

I have 2 of her books, though I've yet to read them; The Sunne in Splendour and When Christ and His Saints Slept. Both sound fantastic.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #41 on: September 04, 2012, 01:12:46 PM »
Sharon Kay Penman writes great books, her Welsh trilogy is just wonderful, and so is her series on Henry FitzEmpress (Henry II) and his family.

I have 2 of her books, though I've yet to read them; The Sunne in Splendour and When Christ and His Saints Slept. Both sound fantastic.

And both are!  Sunne was my intro to a non-Shakespeare-villain version of Richard III, and her version of him is the one I keep in my head.  And Saints is just as brilliant too, I find the Empress Matilda a fascinating person, and there's not a lot of fiction about her.
(Historical fiction is a passion of mine)
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #42 on: September 04, 2012, 01:31:05 PM »
Sharon Kay Penman writes great books, her Welsh trilogy is just wonderful, and so is her series on Henry FitzEmpress (Henry II) and his family.

I have 2 of her books, though I've yet to read them; The Sunne in Splendour and When Christ and His Saints Slept. Both sound fantastic.

And both are!  Sunne was my intro to a non-Shakespeare-villain version of Richard III, and her version of him is the one I keep in my head.  And Saints is just as brilliant too, I find the Empress Matilda a fascinating person, and there's not a lot of fiction about her.
(Historical fiction is a passion of mine)

History is my biggest interest (currently doing a degree on the subject) and historical fiction is a new thing for me. At the start of the year I read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett, and loved everything about it. The period (also set during the anarchy and Stephen/Matilda) was fascinating, despite any historical inaccuracies I'm sure there were.

Sharon Penman was the name that everyone I knew quoted as being the best of the best for medieval based historical fiction.
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #43 on: September 04, 2012, 01:55:03 PM »
Oh, what period are you studying?

I've just started her latest Lionheart, only read about 20 pages so far so haven't formed a strong opinion yet.


I haven't read Pillars of the Earth, but I did see the mini-series just recently, and (mostly) enjoyed it.  My first intro to the Anarchy period was the Brother Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters, and it was rather weird when I read the same incident that forms the basis for the first book in Saints.  There was a vague niggle at the back of my head that someone was missing. ;D


As with any genre, there's good stuff and bad stuff, and sometimes they're the same book...
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Re: Historical Fiction
« Reply #44 on: September 04, 2012, 02:00:45 PM »
I’m not really studying a particular period as such (if I do a postgrad it will likely be in medieval English history) – for now I’m mostly following the concept and realities of Empire throughout history.

The Pillars of the Earth mini-series was ok, but as is usual with adaptations  nowhere near as good as the book. The endings for many of the characters were completely different, and whole chunks of the book were completely missing.
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