What are the best historical fiction books set in Spain?

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    #1The Last Queen

    The Last Queen
    The Last Queen is a biographical fiction novel by C.W. Gortner. First published in 2006, this book is a historical novel about Princess Juana of Castile, the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel, and her years as the reigning queen.
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    Christopher Fisher
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I read a bit of European history in high school and college. Those classes were nothing compared to this book. I felt like I was actually going back in time to 15th/16th century Europe reading this. "
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    #2The Errant Flock

    The Errant Flock
    The Errant Flock is a historical fiction novel by Jane Petken, originally published in 2015. Set in 15th-century Spain, it tells the story of the Spanish Inquisition in Sagrat, Valencia. It is the first book in the Flock trilogy.

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    Aaron Russell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I love historical fiction, and I think that the errant flock has to be one of the best ones thats set in spain! They got all the details right, just like someone who has actually lived there before!"
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    #3The Original Sin

    The Original Sin

    The Original Sin is a historical fiction novel written by Marius Gabriel, first published in 1992. It tells the story of the Edwards family and how a modern-day daughter paid for the sins of her ancestors during the Spanish Civil War.

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    Emily Brooks
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I was suspicious about new authors and how I would like this book, but it was very good. I enjoyed the portrayl of Spain and I felt I was going through all the motions the character was. I liked the suspense in the book it really kept me on my toes. I can't wait to read more books from this author."
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    #4The Queen's Vow

    The Queen's Vow

    The Queen's Vow is a historical fiction novel by C.W. Gortner, originally published in 2012. It tells the story of Isabella of Castile, whose marriage to King Ferdinand lead to the unification of Spain under their line.

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    Andrew Schultz
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Queen's Vow is probably one of the best historical fiction books set in Spain. I love the story and it really made me feel like I was looking into the past."
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    #5The Queen's Prophet

    The Queen's Prophet

    The Queen's Prophet is a historical fiction novel by Dawn Patitucci, first published in October 2017. It tells the story of Mari Brbola of Spain as she is depicted in Diego Velasquez' painting, Las Meninas.

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    Aadhya Malik
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A very interesting historical fiction imagined entirely from a painting. We learn about the hardships a little person may have faced in Spain in the mid-1600s. It really draws you in and makes you care for the characters."
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    #6The Spanish Bride

    The Spanish Bride

    The Spanish Bride is a historical romance novel by the renowned novelist Georgette Heyer, first published in 1940. Set during the Napoleonic wars, it tells the story of Brigade-Major Harry Smith and his marriage to 14-year-old Juanita.

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    Janet Gray
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Spanish Bride is a historical romance novel first published in 1940. Set during the Napoleonic wars it tells the story of Brigade Major Harry Smith and his marriage to 14 year old Juanita. This book is an interesting historical fiction book set in Spain. It is rated 4 out of 5 stars."
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    #7Castile for Isabella (Isabella and Ferdinand Trilogy)

    Castile for Isabella (Isabella and Ferdinand Trilogy)

    Castile for Isabella is a historical fiction novel by Jean Plaidy. Originally published in 1960, it is the first book in the Isabella and Ferdinand trilogy. It is succeeded by the books Spain for the Sovereigns and Daughters of Spain. 

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    Diya Rodrigues
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book describes a very special romantic story. love is described very sincerely and it is challenged through all the story , but in the end it will be stronger than every challenge.. I have had a very good time reading this book and i am sure that it will be the same for the majority of readers"
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    #8The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact

    The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact

    The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly Pact is an award-winning historical fiction novel by Jane Petken, originally published in 2013. Set during the Spanish civil war, it tells the story of a family and the fates of their lives.

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    #9The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)

    The Shadow of the Wind is a historical novel by Spanish writer Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Published in 2001, it is the first book in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. It tells the story of Daniel, the son of an antiquarian book dealer.

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    Eva Vásquez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Carlos Ruiz Zafón is such an amazing author. I used to work in a bookstore and would recommend him all the time. This is also one of his best books."
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    #10The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War

    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War
    The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil War is a play by the acclaimed writer, Ernest Hemingway, first published in 1938. Drawing from his own experiences during the war, Hemingway writes about war-torn Madrid.
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    Ayaan Gupta
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "If you are a Ernest Hemingway fan, this collection is a great way to read into his lesser-known material. It has the same humor that his well-known works has, and the characters are more important than the setting in my opinion. So if you're worried about the setting being boring, no worries because the characters overshadow the setting."
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    #11Captain Alatriste

    Captain Alatriste

    Captain Alatriste is a historical fiction book written by Arturo Pérez-Reverte and translated by Margaret Sayers Peden. This historical fiction book was published on December 27, 2005 by Plume.

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    Brian Wong
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "If you like historical fiction then Captain Alatriste is definitely a good choice. Set in Madrid, Spain in the 17th Century this story felt a lot like the Three Musketeers. Arturo Perez-Reverte is an excellent writer, and very knowledgeable about the time period, as he creates a story which is fiction but still feels authentic."
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    #12Journey to Portugal

    Journey to Portugal
    Journey to Portugal: In Pursuit of Portugal's History and Culture is a novel set in Portugal written by José Saramago and translated by, Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson. Journey to Portugal was published by Mariner Books.
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    Sharon Bradley
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This book is very interesting, it is based on reality and the story is described vividly and it has a very unique style of writing. I can say that this is a book that is worthy reading it, and knowing this story."
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    #13The King's Pleasure

    The King's Pleasure

    The King's Pleasure is a historical fiction novel written by Norah Lofts. This book has a reprinted version by Touchstone and it was released in December 2008. It tells the story of Katharine of Aragon.

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    Frank Hoffman
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "Again, you can't reccomend a one off book by an author no one has heard of and expect it to be counted among the best books of a particular genre. I am sure that this book has its own merits and that her take on Katharine of Aragon's life is absolutely magnetic, but it simply can't stack up against books like "Don Quixote." Perhaps, one day it will, but not today."
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    #14Winter in Madrid

    Winter in Madrid

    Winter in Madrid is a standalone historical fiction novel written by C.J. Sansom which centers on Harry Brett who is a spy for the British Secret Service and find himself in a dangerous situation.  

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    #15Guernica

    Guernica

    Guernica is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Dave Boling which centers on Miguel Navarro who flees Lekeitio to make a new start in Guernica after he finds himself in conflict with the Spanish Civil Guard. 

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    Nicholas Black
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "If you haven't already read something written by Dave Boling then I suggest you do it, right now. By no means do I proclaim his work as perfect, or flawless, but it's well worth the time and money. Given fictional history is often miss to me, I'm pretty happy with this."
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    #16The Prisoner of Heaven

    The Prisoner of Heaven

    The Prisoner of Heaven is a historical fiction book written by  Carlos Ruiz Zafón. This historical fiction book was published on July 10, 2012 by HarperCollins. The Prisoner of Heaven is set in Barcelona, Spain.

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    Timothy Ellis
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, is an outstanding historical fiction books set in Barcelona, Spain. Being Portuguese, I have been making it a priority to read works set in my home country, so this book unfortunately does not make the grade in that respect. Other than that disappointment, I had no issues with the story, as the characters were very interesting and well-developed."
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    #17The Inquisitor's Wife

    The Inquisitor's Wife

    The Inquisitor's Wife: A Novel of Renaissance Spain is a historical fiction book written by Jeanne Kalogridis. This historical fiction book was published by St. Martin's Griffin.

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    Emma Foster
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I was searching for the best historical fiction books set in Spain and Portugal when I found this product. It was exactly what I needed! I highly recommend it."
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    #18A sangre y fuego

    A sangre y fuego

    A sangre y fuego: Héroes, bestias y mártires de España is a historical fiction book written by Manuel Chaves Nogales.  This historical fiction book was published by Espasa Calpe Mexicana.

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    Salvador Domínguez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This historical book is very interesting, it is based on reality and the story is described vividly and it has a very unique style of writing. I can say that this is a book that is worthy reading it, and knowing this story."
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    #19Baltasar and Blimunda

    Baltasar and Blimunda
    Baltasar and Blimunda is a Portuguese novel written by Portuguese author José Saramago and translated by Giovanni Pontiero. Baltasar and Blimunda was published on October 16, 1998 by Mariner Books.
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    Anna Chapman
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Baltasar and Blimunda is an adventurous love story set in 17th century Portugal. The tale is richly textured, full of intrigue and the writing is so beautiful. I love a book that takes you to a different place and time that you almost feel groggy when you come back to yourself, and this novel succeeds in doing that."
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    #20The High Mountains of Portugal

    The High Mountains of Portugal

    The High Mountains of Portugal is a historical fiction book written by Yann Martel. This historical fiction book was published on February 2, 2016 by Spiegel & Grau.

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    Amanda Williams
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Although I knew it was a fiction book, I picked this up thinking that I could perhaps learn something about one of my friend's cultures - she was born in Portugal. This book definitely had its ups and downs. First of all, Portugal is a central location to the plot of the story, but I didn't really learn anything about the location, so that didn't really help me. Secondly, the characters in the book are only passively interesting. I think the author took more care to craft the plot, which is interesting, than developing the characters or the locale. If he had taken the time to develop and fully flesh everything out, I feel like this would have been a more enjoyable read, even if I didn't learn about my friend's place of birth."
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    #21The Devil on Her Tongue

    The Devil on Her Tongue

    The Devil on Her Tongue is a historical fiction book written by Canadian author Linda Holeman. This historical fiction was published on June 24, 2014 by Random House Canada.

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    Olivia Santos
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "As it is based in Portugal, I would say this would fit the description. One review mentioned that they felt that plot had been done multiple times, but still found it an enjoyable read. "
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    #22The Assassin's Mark

    The Assassin's Mark

    The Assassin's Mark is a standalone historical fiction novel written by David Ebsworth which centers on rebel General Franco who joins a group of tourists on one of the War Route's yellow Chrysler buses.

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    Randy Tran
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The book is set in Spain and it does have settings of historical features. Placing the story in Spain, and using features of Spain's holy shrine, the book wants to capture the history of the past."

Summary

Best What are the best historical fiction books set in Spain
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Last QueenBooks 37 Paid
2The Errant FlockBooks 34 Paid
3The Original SinBooks 32 Paid
4The Queen's VowBooks 31 Paid
5The Queen's ProphetBooks 28 Paid
6The Spanish BrideBooks 27 Paid
7Castile for Isabella (Isabella and Ferdinand Trilogy)Books 24 Paid
8The Guardian of Secrets: And Her Deathly PactBooks 22 Paid
9The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books)Books 22 Paid
10The Fifth Column and Four Stories of The Spanish Civil WarBooks 19 Paid
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