What are the best gay historical fiction books?

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    #1The Charioteer

    The Charioteer
    After an injury during WW II, Laurie Odell finds himself in a hospital where he meets Andrew, a young conscientious objector working there. Soon they become more than friends and Laurie lives a happy life, but everything changes when Laurie mentor visits him, and takes him to an exclusive social circle of gay men. 



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    Antonio Contreras
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a story based on WW 2 veteran, Laurie Odell. He's meets a man named Andrew who works at the hospital where Laurie found himself to be. Little does Laurie know that him and Andrew will become more than friends. Laurie is happy but all that is bound to change when he's around circle of gay men who he's attending. "
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    #2The Song of Achilles

    The Song of Achilles

    Song of Achilles is a book by Madeline Miller that tells a story of Achilles and his life story based from Homer's The Iliad. It contains all his sufferings and triumphs during Trojan war. 

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    Bryan Nelson
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Novels based on historical perspectives offer unique glimpse into the lives of warriors of past. Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller portrays the this particular warrior known for all through the Gods, kings and ordinary people's judgment of his courage and ability. This character engulfed in me a sense of fight for my own destiny, fight to have what i deserve and fight to have your own place of respect in this world. Through this character i managed to gain some degree of self-esteem. Even though it is all fiction, it truly ignites the beast inside of you"
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    #3Fingersmith

    Fingersmith
    Fingersmith is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Sarah Waters which centers on orphan Sue Trinder who is living with Mrs. Sucksby and her family, and her love interest who is also an orphan. 
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    Devansh Balasubramanium
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "A great historical fiction novel that fresh and different. The author wrote a smart, interesting story filled with real to life and quirky characters that are very relatable. This story instantly grabs the reader and this book is hard to put down. Highly recommended!"
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    #4Brokeback Mountain

    Brokeback Mountain
    Annie Proulx's masterpiece narrates the story of Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands that find themselves working together through strong attraction. After some sexual meetings, they both get married and have children, but the attraction between them cannot be denied anymore. 



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    #5At Swim, Two Boys

    At Swim, Two Boys
    Set in Dublind before and during the Easter Rising, this book tells the story of Jim Mack and Doyler Doyle, two friends that made a pact while swimming naked in a lake, creating a strong bond between them that will last for years. 






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    #6The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)

    The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)
    This book narrates the last years of Alexander the Great through the eyes of Bagoas, his eunuch lover. Sold to King Darius of Persia, Bagoas found freedom after Alexander and his army conquered Persia, and they both became lovers. After Alexander's death, this young Persian boy is the only one who might have fully understood Alexander's desires. 



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    Vincent Ortiz
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I wanted to find a fictional novel that could keep me occupied for the next few days so I decided to try out The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great). This book had a wonderful story and tell a history tales of a Eunuch falling in love with Alexander the Great! Would highly recommend."
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    #7The Phoenix

    The Phoenix
    The Phoenix is a male-to-male romance novel written by Ruth Sims which follows the romance between country doctor Nick and world famous actor Kit. 
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    Billy Ross
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I saw a colleague of mine reading this book and she seemed so involved in it. I asked to borrow the book and I am glad I did. This is a very good book."
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    #8Maurice

    Maurice

    Maurice is a classic fiction novel written by E.M. Forster which centers on Maurice who is heartbroken over his unrequited love leading him to open his mind and heart about his own sexual identity. 

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    Richard Thompson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Maurice is a rare classic. It is a must read for anyone interested in gay relationships throughout history. The book was made into a movie as well."
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    #91: Brethren

    1: Brethren

    1: Brethren is a gay adventure romance novel written by W.A Hoffman that tells the story of and disenchanted English Lord who is crazy. He met someone who changed him but not for good. 

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    Peter Lewis
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I think many gay historical fiction books loves sailing and boats or ships. It is hard to find a decent historical gay romance or fiction books. If you are interested in those genres, you should look at Brethren but keep your expectations low. At the end, it is just a romance book, nothing special."
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    #10Cry to Heaven

    Cry to Heaven
    Cry to Heaven is a fantasy historical fiction book written by Anne Rice. This horror fiction novel is first published in 1982. 
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    Adam Sanders
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "great book and great writer"
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    #11Fire from Heaven

    Fire from Heaven

    Fire from Heaven is a historical fiction book written by Mary Renault. Fire from Heaven was published on June 11, 2002 by Vintage. It was first published in 1969.

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    Roger Jordan
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Oh, mary, what are we going to do with you? Hope for another book is what I'll be doing! This is great stuff. You don't see enough gay historical fiction on the marketplace. This is really quality writing. Smart and engaging from page one!"
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    #12The Passion

    The Passion
    The Passion is a historical fiction novel written by Jeanette Winterson which centers on French soldier Henri who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin. 
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    Esteban Quezada
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "A highly thrilling and thought provoking read. The author is is intelligent without being needlessly esoteric and technical in her assessments as you would expect of a typical academic. It does an exceptional job at weaving together a narratie from a disparate series of events."

Summary

Best What are the best gay historical fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The CharioteerBooks 49 Paid
2The Song of AchillesBooks 44 Paid
3FingersmithBooks 44 Paid
4Brokeback MountainBooks 41 Paid
5At Swim, Two BoysBooks 39 Paid
6The Persian Boy (Alexander the Great)Books 37 Paid
7The PhoenixBooks 33 Paid
8MauriceBooks 33 Paid
91: BrethrenBooks 14 Paid
10Cry to HeavenBooks 7 Paid
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