What are the best historical fiction books in the 1800s?

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    #1Cold Mountain

    Cold Mountain
    Cold Mountain is a book by Charles Frazier that tells the story of Inman, a soldier who will come back to his home in the Blueridge mountains and to his most loved woman Ada.  

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    James Weaver
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "The comebacks are always fascinating and intriguing when we read them. It inspires and motivates us to pursue our life in a way that truly captures the most courageous part of us. The story of Inman pertains to very few who are brave enough to embrace the hardships in their life and despite the very longing obstacles in life, decide to continue and reach their objective. The story intervened with love makes it even more compelling and dramatic to read. Even though, in today's politically correct world where confederate soldiers are portrayed as very negative characters, the soldier Inman's character and persistence would ultimately defy your expectations"
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    #2The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)

    The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)
    This historical novel is a recreation of the Battle of Gettysburg, the bloodiest four days in the American Civil War where two opposing armies fought for a way of life. Rather than focusing on the battle, the book explains the lives the combatants left behind. 


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    Sandra Villegas
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "For such a remarkable book I am not surprised it won the Pulitzer Prize. Each side in this famous battle is fairly presented. As a young boy I visited the site of this great battle and my take, until I read Angels of Death, was that Pickett made a reckless charge (much like The Charge of The Light Brigade) which was doomed from the start"
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    #3Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)

    Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)

    Renowned historical novelist Jeff Shaara's Gods and Generals is the first novel from his Civil War Trilogy. The novel served as a prequel to his father Michael Shaara's 1974 novel The Killer Angels. The book was published in the year 2000 by Birlinn. 


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    Ann Phillips
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "One of the most complex wars I have ever learned was the Civil War which has always peaked my interest. This novel justifies why such a war is quite interesting compared to other historical wars that will leave you entertained and informed. "
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    #4The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence

    In Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence, Newland Archer must choose between social stability, as embodied by the wealthy socialite May Welland, or passion in the form of Ellen Olenska.


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    Patrick Simpson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "the book seems boring"
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    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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    Beverly Medina
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a great book, especially if you are into the darker novels. Set in the 1880's, this book is historic and a classic."
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    #6The Red Badge of Courage

    The Red Badge of Courage
    Praised by both Union and Confederate veterans as a very accurate representation of the Civil War, this 1895 book is written under a soldier's perspective. In it, he narrates the Battle of Chancellorsville, and the consequences this traumatic event had in his posterior life. 


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    Paul Gomez
    Written on April 23, 2018
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    #7The Widow of the South

    The Widow of the South
    This book, based on a true story, narrates how a plantation became an army hospital during the Civil War. Many wounded soldiers who seek healing arrive there, where Carrie, the owner of the land, meets them and gives them shelter. One of these soldiers, named Zachariah Cashwell, will make her feel something she already forgot it existed during those terrible war days. 


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    Bruce Santos
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This was a satisfying book to read and enjoy. I liked the setting and story that involved some events in the Civil War in America. Good culture references and I got a strong sense of what it was like from this book. "
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    #8True History of the Kelly Gang

    True History of the Kelly Gang
    The True Story of the Kelly Gang is a historical fiction novel by Peter Carey, originally published in 2000. Written as an autobiography, it tells the story of the famous Australian outlaw, Ned Kelly. 

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    Rubén Félix
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The writer is an interesting storyteller that made me spend most of my time reading this book because I felt so entertained book is well written and in an intelligent way."
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    #9War and Peace

    War and Peace
    Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace is considered one of the finest novels ever written. The story chronicles Napoleon's invasion of Russia during the early 19th century.

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    Patrick Stewart
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Wait until you get a chance to read this historical fiction book. It is set during the early 19th century, and involves. war."
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    Possession is a bestselling historical fiction novel by English author A.S. Byatt. It won the Man Booker Prize in 1990, and it tells the story of the academics as they study the lives of two Victorian poets.


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    Louis Flores
    Written on April 29, 2018
    ""Possession" is an interesting piece, for sure! A historical drama, a supernatural thriller, and a romance in one, this is a great read for anyone who likes historical fiction. It follows two academics studying Victorian poetry, which sounds like the most boring premise ever, until they engage in acts like seances and explorations of fairy forests. Then it gets interesting!"
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    #11The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions

    The Far Pavilions is a romance filled classic historical fiction novel written by M. M. Kaye. It was published January 15, 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin. It is a story about an English man brought up as a Hindu.


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    Christopher Bennett
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "culture differences exemplify in this story. The far pavilions is a historical fiction discussing the melting of cultures when east meet west played out in the setting of young love"
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    #12Remarkable Creatures

    Remarkable Creatures
    Remarkable Creatures is a biographical and historical fiction novel written by Tracy Chevalier and it was first published in 2009. This book follows the story of two siblings living in the southern part of England during the 1800s.

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    Joan Ortiz
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This story is a true one, about Mary Anniston, an unschooled, lower-class young British woman who spent all of her life was consumed with finding fossils on the beaches near her home. What an interesting life to have led. Lovely read."
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    #13The Woman at the Light

    The Woman at the Light

    The Woman at the Light is a historical romance fiction novel written by Joanna Brady. This book is about Emily Lowry and Andrew's story set in 1839. It is first published in 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin. 


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    Craig Jackson
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "The Woman at the light is one of the best historical fiction books in the 1800s it's about Emily Lowry and Andrew and is a very well written historical romance that made my eyes tear up quite a few times."


Best What are the best historical fiction books in the 1800s
1Cold MountainBooks 39 Paid
2The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy)Books 35 Paid
3Gods and Generals (The Civil War Trilogy)Books 34 Paid
4The Age of InnocenceBooks 33 Paid
5FingersmithBooks 32 Paid
6The Red Badge of CourageBooks 30 Paid
7The Widow of the SouthBooks 30 Paid
8True History of the Kelly GangBooks 28 Paid
9War and PeaceBooks 26 Paid
10PossessionBooks 26 Paid

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