What are the best historical novels?

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    #1The Lost Crown

    The Lost Crown

    The Lost Crown is a historical fiction novel written by Sarah Miller. This tells the story of Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia of the Romanov Family. This book is published in 2011 by Atheneum.

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    Andrea Snyder
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I'm a history buff so I actively look for novels of a historical nature. This book didn't disappoint. I couldn't put it down which was great for the long commutes I have at times. The plot is good and engaging and while some stories end in a sad manner, there is somehow still room for hope. The book is very well written and the character development is outstanding!"
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    #2To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Brittany Patel
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "These headphones are okay, but they're a better choice if you're just looking for the headphones that go right to the phone. A better choice would be some kind of list of product reviews for all Samsung heaphones."
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    #3The Invention of Wings

    The Invention of Wings
    Inspired by Sarah Grimke, Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings is a historical novel about the life-long bond between Sarah and Handful, her slave. It is a story about freedom, liberation, and empowerment for all.
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    Jennifer Clark
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I absolutely love the book The Invention of Wings. But beware that it is a great story but it is a difficult read. I really would have appreciated a better edited version to enjoy this more."
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    #4A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.
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    Jack Garza
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I had to read this in school and hated it. Decided to give it another try since I'n older and I realized just how little appreciation I had for this classic back then. This is definitely one of Hemingway's best."
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    #5Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall

    Wolf Hall is a historical fiction book set in England in the beginnings of the XVI century in the court of Henry VIII. The King wants a male heir to his throne and tries to annul his marriage with Catherine of Aragon and marry Anne Boleyn. This historic period is one of the historical sources that Martin has taken as an inspiration for The Song of Fire and Ice saga.

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    Richard Simpson
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "This is a pretty cool book if you ask me."
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    #6The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I

    The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir is a biographical novel originally published in 1998. This book tells the private life of the beloved royalty of England - Queen Elizabeth I and her powerful reign over her people.

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    Angelina Espinoza
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I have always loved reading books about Queen Elizabeth and The Life of Elizabeth I is one of the best historical novels that I have read. This book kept me interested the whole way through and I was sad when it ended. I will be picking up other books by Alison Weir because I enjoyed it so much. "
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    #7One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude

    One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, tells the story of the Buendía family, generation after generation, living in the mountain town of Macondo. Magic and reality interweave to create one of the most rewarding reading experiences of the 20th century.

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    Jason Walters
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This an amazing novel. Beautifully written with amazing prose. It really pl;aces the reader in the time period and makes you want to stay there."
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    #8The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time

    The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey is a mystery detective novel originally published in 1951. This book follows the alleged crimes done by King Richard III of England in a modern police investigation setting.

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    Joseph McCoy
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you like history then this book is a must read. This is a super interesting read about a detective who becomes engrossed in learning the truth about King Richard III and the murder of his two nephews in the 15th century. Definitely one of the best crime/mystery books i've ever read."
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    #9Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling

    Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King is a non-fiction biographical novel first published in 2000. This book was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Criticism.

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    Betty Hansen
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This book is ok. There's a lot of irrelevant content that you have to read in order to get to the heart of the book. "
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    #10The Italian Renaissance

    The Italian Renaissance
    The Italian Renaissance by John H. Plumb is a historical non-fiction novel originally published in 1961. This book examines the great time period of the Italian Renaissance in the fields of science and art.
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    Catherine Martin
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am very fond of historic novels, so my coworker recommended The Italian Renaissance by John H. Plumb. It's a wonderfully written historical non-fiction novel that gives you an in depth look into the Italian Renaissance in the science and art fields. I really enjoyed the book and highly recommend it for lovers of historic novels."
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    #11Utopia

    Utopia

    Utopia by Thomas More is a philosophical satire originally published in 1516. This book explores a fictional island and its government and religious customs. It was first released in Latin and later on translated into different languages.

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    Jonathan Simmons
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "As the original Dystopian fiction book, this one sets the bar high. You can really tell that More was drawing from his own life experiences to weave this tale. It's full of insight and cultural commentary that is still relevant today. I think more people today need to read this."
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    #12Gone with the Wind

    Gone with the Wind
    Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell is a bestselling novel of all time and won the Pulitzer Prize. Widely considered The Great American Novel, it explores the depth of human passion with an intensity as bold as its setting.
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    Samantha Brown
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Gone with the Wind is a classic novel, set in Georgia after the Civil War. It's a good choice for fans of historical fiction."
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    #13A Family Apart

    A Family Apart

    A Family Apart is a dramatic historical adventure novel for pre-teens and teenagers written by Joan Lowery Nixon. It was first published in 1995. It is about a family separated by poverty and the upcoming Civil War in the mid-1800s.

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    Andrew Young
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Good choice. This novel gets 4.5 out of 5 stars on Amazon."
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    #14The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)

    The Great War of Hind (The Legend of Ramm)
    The Great War of Hind is a historical-mythological fiction book by Vaibhav Anand. Set around the year 1200 BC, it tells the story of Ramm, a military general, as he defends the kingdom of man. It is the first book in The Legend of Ramm series.
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    Ryan Gutierrez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a little known, little reviewed book. It is in no way a best historical novel. It is a mythological fiction. So the genre topic may be off as well. "
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    #15The 19th Wife

    The 19th Wife

    The 19th Wife is a historical fiction novel written by David Ebershoff first published in 2008 by Random House. This suspense novel is about Ann Eliza Young's life. 

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    Ronald Valdez
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The 19th Wife is a historical fiction novel about Ann Eliza Young. It is filled with drama and adventure as this woman navigates life struggles. It shows her romantic life in a new light. It has a very romantic undertone that will leave you in suspense as you read through the pages."
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    #16Lily of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter)

    Lily of the Nile (Cleopatra's Daughter)

    Lily of the Nile is the first book in Cleopatra's Daughter trilogy written by Stephanie Dray first published in 2011 by Berkley Books. This historical fiction book is about Princess Selene's battle against Caesar. 

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    Matthew Ortiz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "One of my favorite types of novels has always been historical fiction. I love the blending of historical fact and make believe to create new but familiar worlds. Lily of the Nile is the first book in a trilogy and is the perfect place to start your journey in the life of Cleopatra's daughter."
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    #17The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    The Memoirs of Cleopatra

    The Memoirs of Cleopatra is a historical fiction novel written by best-selling novelist Margaret George first published in 1997 by Macmillan General Books.

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    Jean Mason
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I enjoy learning history through an entertaining read of a great story. Cleopatra was a remarkable person."
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    #18Cleopatra's Moon

    Cleopatra's Moon

    Cleopatra's Moon is a historical romance fiction novel written by Vicky Alvear Shecter first published in 2011 by Arthur A. Levine Books. This young adult book is about Selene's battle for her kingdom. 

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    Michael Clark
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I am a big fan of historical Cleopatra fan, and was looking for a good read about her. The one book that caught my eye is Cleopatra's Moon which is a historical romance fiction novel written by Vicky Alvear Shecter. The book accurately portrays Cleopatra and her times quite well, but with a special modern twist."
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    #19Jane Eyre (Collins Classics)

    Jane Eyre (Collins Classics)

    Jane Eyre is a historical fiction novel by Charlotte Bronte which centers on orphan Jane who is treated badly by her relatives and eventually sent away to a cruel boarding school but then becomes a governess at Thornfield. 

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    James Berry
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "These look like they are great buys!!"
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    #20The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame (Collins Classics)

    The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is a historical fiction novel written by Victor Hugo which centes on the hunchback bellringer of Notre-Dame cathedral named Quasimodo and his dedication to gypsy dancer La Esmeralda.

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    Victoria Andrade
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "A prime example of classic literature, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame is sure to delight any fan of historical fiction. The plot is exciting and suspenseful, and the characters and themes are timeless."
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    #21El Filibusterismo

    El Filibusterismo

    El Filibusterismo is a Filipino historical fiction book written by Jose Rizal. This classic novel is the sequel of Noli Me Tangere and first published in 1891. 

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    Benjamin Little
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Jose Rizal did a great job with his first novel so this one was a definitely must read. It was translated in so many languages that i cannot keep track. I picked it up at a yard sale for a few bucks and i thought i'd just add it to my collection but was very surprised when i start reading the history of the story . Do yourself a favor and read this."
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    #22Dusk (Rosales Saga)

    Dusk (Rosales Saga)

    Dusk is the first book in Rosales Saga written by F. Sionil Jose. This Filipino historical fiction book is about a family in small town of Rosales. It is first published in 1984. 

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    Howard Kelley
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is one of the very best fantasy books. I found this as a very dark tale. I will remember it for a lifetime. "
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    #23The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native

    The Return of the Native is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which on Eustacia Vye who lives in the countryside of Wessex and has been longing for the city of Paris to get new experiences she has never seen before. 

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    Danielle Edwards
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The Return of the Native is a great read by Thomas Hardy. This one is a classic love story and one in which we see good triumph over evil. "
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    #24Two On A Tower

    Two On A Tower

    Two on a Tower is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on Lady Constantine breaking the rules of social decorum as she falls in love with Swithin St Cleeve, who is ten years her junior. 

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    Gregory McCoy
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Two On A Tower is a fiction novel about a forbidden love with Lady Constantine. A compelling read."
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    #25The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl

    The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical fiction revolving around Mary Boleyn, the lesser-known sister of Anne Boleyn. Her life in court as a pawn for her family's political ambitions was rife with rivalry and scandal, but Mary perseveres through it all. 

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    Stephanie Griffin
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is an interesting book. I always like reading something written from the perspective of someone who isn't the main character. However, calling it one of the best historical novels of all time is really pushing it."
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    #26Siddhartha

    Siddhartha

    Siddharta is a spiritual fiction novel written by Herman Hesse. It was published January 1, 1982 by Bantam publishing. It narrates the story of a young man's journey to spiritual enlightenment.

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    Carl Flores
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "It is far fronma historicla novel . Much more like a psirutual renaisaance for the sindividual in the stort Siddartha. It rates low on thios vategoptry chosem bit I would give it a 1 for some semblance of that title as best historic"
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    #27The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities

    The Man Without Qualities is a philosophical written by literary icon Robert Musil. It was published in English in October 1997 with the translation of Sophie Wilkins and Burton Pike.

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    Jorge Luis Gálvez
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "good"
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    #28Outlander

    Outlander
    Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Claire Randall, the main character, lives two love stories in two different centuries. 
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    Randy Jimenez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Outlander is an amazing and imaginative novel. Diana Gabaldon does an amazing job of capturing historical details while at the same time maintaining a science-fiction vibe. Her writing style, creativity, and imagination will have you marveling about what is going to happen next and how she came up with certain plot details. Love this book!"
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    #29The Help

    The Help
    The Help is a historical fiction novel by Kathryn Stockett. Set in the American South during the 1960s, it tells the stories of an unlikely group of three women working together to fight racial oppression.
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    Edward Bryant
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "I don't know how historically accurate this book is, but it sure is captivating. I had initially held off on it because there was such a hype surrounding it. I am glad I finally picked it up and read it. Now that I have, I feel that I can see how this would have happened in the United States in the past. It is one of the best books I have ever read."
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    #30The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)

    The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the first book in the Kingsbridge series. This fast-paced action book is set up during the twelfth century in a cathedral in England, and the story about love, revenge, and betrayal are told.
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    Enrique Beltrán
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "high power"
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    #31Joshua's Song

    Joshua's Song

    Joshua's Song is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Joan Hiatt Harlow which centers on 13-year-old Joshua Harper who quits school to find a job after his father died due to an influenza pandemic. 

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    Johnny Weber
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "An interesting novelized look at the influenza pandemic."
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    #32The Perfume Collector

    The Perfume Collector

    The Perfume Collector is a standalone historical fiction novel written by Kathleen Tessaro which centers on newlywed Grace Monroe trying to discover the identity of Madame Eva d’Orsey after receives an inheritance from her. 

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    Christian Obrien
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "It was keep the interest of many, but a lot of people will turn it down. It's a good read but only for specific people interested."
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    #33The Silver Star

    The Silver Star

    The Silver Star is a historical young adult fiction novel written by Jeannette Walls. This coming of age book is first published in 2013 by Scribner. 

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    Abhinav Tata
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This doesn't quite qualify as a historical novel but is a worthy story nonetheless. It's your typical hard luck bad situation story of struggle and fear. Doesn't really stand out but is worth a quick read."
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    #34I Shall Be Near to You

    I Shall Be Near to You

    I Shall be Near to You is a historical fiction novel written by Erin Lindsay McCabe which centers on Rosetta Wakefield after her husband Jeremiah enlist to fight for the Union leaving her without a proper goodbye. 

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    Jose Burton
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "one of the best books of all time please read it as soon as possible."
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    #35Dogeaters

    Dogeaters

    Dogeaters is a historical fiction novel written by Jessica Hagedorn. It is about Marcos regime and it is first published in 1990 by Penguin Books. 

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    Jack Banks
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is based on the era of the reign of the Marcos in the Philippines during the 50's and 60's. It is a compelling read of the clash between the rich and powerful and the subservient class in that country. A fascinating look at a culture that was linked to, but different than, America."
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    #36A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy

    A Suitable Boy is a historical fiction novel written by Vikram Seth which centers on the lives of four middle-class families in India set during the 1950s. This gives a view on the complex and multi-ethnic society of the country. 

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    Kevin Diaz
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Very long detailed stories that suck you in so you never actually put the book down."
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    #37Mistress of the Throne

    Mistress of the Throne

    Mistress of the Throne is a historical fiction novel by Gupta Ruchir published in 2014. Set in 1631, it tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who was anointed as the Empress of India by her father, the Mughal King Shah Jahan.

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    Judy Phillips
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Great book! I enjoyed the historical background of the Mughal Empire, and the building of the Taj Mahal. It was interesting to read about the inner workings of the Harem."
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    #38The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    The Confessions of Max Tivoli is a historical fantasy fiction novel written by Andrew Sean Geer. This magical realism book is first published in 2004. 

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    Adrián Zamudio
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Excellent book, though it was fiction I still felt that the people in the book could have been real historical figures. The author does an excellent job telling the story. "
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    #39The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Constant Princess is a historical romance fiction and the sixth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is published in 2005 by Touchstone. 

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    Sharon Qin
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Another wonderful work of historical fiction by Philippa Gregory, I was introduced to young Katherine of Aragon. She proved no less fascinating in this novel than she did in any other work I've read about her, including non-fiction. Philippa Gregory has just the right touch when it comes to writing vivid, realistic characters, giving readers just the right amount of historical fact, dates, and context for a rich setting, and then weaving myth with reality."
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    #40The Patron Saint of Liars

    The Patron Saint of Liars

    The Patron Saint of Liars is a historical fiction novel written by Ann Patchett which centers on pregnant woman Rose Clinton who finds herself a home in Kentucky for unwed mothers in the 1960s. 

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    Gary Shaw
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a great book based in the 60's in kentucky. It is great to take a trip back in time and see how different things were."
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    #41The Tea Rose

    The Tea Rose

    The Tea Rose is a historical romance fiction book and the first book in the series written by Jennifer Donnelly. This adult romance novel is first published in 2002. 

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    Gustavo Leal
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Tea Rose is a romantic fiction book written for the late 1800s time period. While I enjoy historical books, I really don't like ones that are factual. I would rather read some non-fiction books about that time period, instead of a romance fiction. Other people might enjoy it though."
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    #42Roots

    Roots
    This book narrates the story of Kunta Kinte, an African teenager who got captured in his village and then sold as a slave to America. This man would live in America the rest of his life, where he would start a family, whose most members were slaves. The book keeps telling the story of Kinte's descendants, until he reaches Alex Haley, the author of this book. 




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    Jessica Sandoval
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is a masterpiece of a novel. It tells of the history is slavery to freedom in America for African American slaves."
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    #43Daughter of Fortune

    Daughter of Fortune

    Daughter of Fortune is a historical romance fiction novel written by Isabel Allende. It is first published in 1998 and nominated in Valle Inclan for Margaret Sayers Peden. 

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    Cheshta Das
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The unique background of the author shines through into her many novels, taking place in extraordinary landscapes and situations. Her characters undergo significant change, and in this novel in particular, readers travel along through a young girl's journey to discover herself and transform her views on the world. It's both historically accurate and relevant to today, as so many people cannot imagine the life without freedoms they have become accustomed to."
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    #44State of War

    State of War

    State of War is a historical fiction novel written by Ninotchka Rosca. It is about the Marcos regime in the Philippines and it is first published in 1988 by Anvil Publishing Inc. 

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    #45Jew Suss

    Jew Suss

    Jew Suss by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1925. In 1984, Carroll & Graf Publishers released another batch of copies. This book tells the story of Joseph Süß Oppenheimer - a known businessman.

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    Ethan Owens
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The best historical novel is Jew Suss by Lion Feuchtwanger. It is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of Joseph Süß Oppenheimer and his business dealings in Europe, but which represents Jewish people's role on the continent."
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    #46The Oppermanns

    The Oppermanns
    The Oppermanns by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical and political fiction novel originally published in 1933. This book follows the story of a German Jewish family during the regime of Hitler.
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    Jean Moore
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book is one of my favorite historical novels. The characters are rich and vibrant and the story kept me interested from start to finish. This is a go to book for me when I'm ready for some quiet relaxing time. "
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    #47A Rose in Winter

    A Rose in Winter
    A Rose in Winter is a historical romance fiction book written by Kathleen Woodiwiss. This romance novel is first published in 1982 by Avon Books. 
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    Jacqueline Freeman
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A Rose in Winter is gorgeously written! The historical setting is as romantic as the love that blossoms throughout the novel. I loved that none of the characters felt flat or one-dimensional; everyone's motivations are human and real. With a little bit of mystery to keep your interest, this is a great, cozy read for those cold nights."
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    #48A Christmas Promise

    A Christmas Promise

    A Christmas Promise is a Christmas historical romance novel written by Mary Balogh. This regency fiction book is first published in 1992 by Signet. 

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    Martha George
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I read historical fiction of many eras, and this book which is about the post world war 2 era caught my eye, so I bought it. It's fairly well written, but I think that time period's been fictionalized by better authors."
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    #49The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Red Queen is a historical fiction and the third book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is first published in 2010. 

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    Russell Peterson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Normally I'm not a fan of historical novels, but The Red Queen was really good!"
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    #50Children of the Jacaranda Tree

    Children of the Jacaranda Tree

    Children of the Jacaranda Tree is a historical fiction novel written by Sahar Delijani. This Iranian literary fiction is first published in 2013 by Atria Books. 

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    Diana Du
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A little boring one"
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    #51Wideacre

    Wideacre
    Wideacre is a historical romance fiction and the first book in Wideacre trilogy written by Philippa Gregory. This romance novel is first published in 1987. 
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    Kenneth Harris
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "If you need some sort of historical novel, Wideacre is for you. It is a book that will help you undertand what life was like back in the day."
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    #52The Age of Orphans

    The Age of Orphans

    The Age of Orphans is a historical fiction book written by Laleh Khadivi. This war fiction novel is first published in 2009 by Bloomsbury USA. 

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    Shaurya Jhadav
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "The Age of Orphans was a really good read. Seemed as though the events actually happened with the level of detail written. Laleh Khadivi is a great author and I highly anticipate all her books."
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    #53So Worthy My Love

    So Worthy My Love

    So Worthy My Love is a historical romance fiction book written by Kathleen Woodiwiss. This chick lit novel is first published in 1989 by Avon. 

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    Jose Obrien
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This fits the historical theme i was after, but that's about it. The book isn't great and contains too many romance elements, which isn't what i was looking for. I need a sweeping, epic historical novel. Sadly, this wasn't it. "
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    #54The Winter Wife

    The Winter Wife

    The Winter Wife is a Christmas historical romance fiction novel written by Anna Campbell. This holiday-themed book is first published in 2012. 

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    Summer Cui
    Written on April 24, 2018
    " A cute enough story. The writing is ok and the story flowed, but it wasn't anything I'd jump up and down about. Maybe if she could develop it into a full novel I would be happier. I do remember thinking it was over far too soon. I might read it again if I can find it at the library, but it's not bookshelf worthy."
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    #55Crossbones (Past Imperfect)

    Crossbones (Past Imperfect)
    Crossbones is an African fiction and the third book in Past Imperfect series written by Nuruddin Farah. This war fiction novel is first published in 2011 by Riverhead Books. 
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    #56Goya

    Goya

    Goya by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1951. This book has a drama adaptation released in September 1971 entitled Goya or the Hard Way to Enlightenment.

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    Brandon Meyer
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Thoroughly liked the novel. It is set at tumultuous historic period in Europe. Going into details of interesting phases in Spanish and French history gives a vivid picture of the social order. Would highly recommend to enthusiasts in history fiction."
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    #57Portrait in Sepia

    Portrait in Sepia

    Portrait in Sepia is a historical romance fiction novel written by Isabel Allende. It is first published in 2000 and nominated in Valle Inclan for Margaret for Sayers Peden. 

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    Ann Pierce
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I'm not sure I would classify this book as a best historical novel. I'm sure there are some aspects of it that would fit into that category, but I don't feel like the book as a whole should be in that category. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot was great, but not enough history for me."
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    #58The Queen of Bedlam (Mattew Corbett)

    The Queen of Bedlam (Mattew Corbett)

    The Queen of Bedlam is a horror mystery historical fiction and the second book in Matthew Corbett series written by Robert McCammon. It is first published in 2007 by Pocket.

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    Jacob Hudson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Corbett's The Queen of Bedlam was an excellent book for enjoyment, and I found myself getting immersed in the setting and historical world that he created. However this is a fiction book. It is not a historical novel. If you are looking for historical fiction, then this is a must-read. But if you are looking for an accurately researched historical book, then look elsewhere."
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    #59American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

    American Passage: The History of Ellis Island

    American Passage: The History of Ellis Island is a historical non-fiction book by Vincent J. Cannato. It was first published in 2009 by HarperCollins under ISBN 0060742747. It focuses on the history of Ellis Island.

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    Abel Velasco
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato is a tale that is illustrated with highly readable stories and interesting facts. Very interesting to read how immigration has always brought new blood and energy into this country; a scholarly book written with a detailed sensibility. "
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    #60Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany)

    Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany)

    Lord of Ice is a historical romance fiction and the third book in Knight Miscellany series written by Gaelen Foley. It si first published in 2002 by Ballantine Books. 

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    Emily Dunn
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Lord of Ice (Knight Miscellany) is a classical novel with deep character personalities. The storyline is great and I had a very difficult time to leave the book. I read it in one sitting. It is a page turner for me."
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    #61Simone

    Simone

    Simone by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1944 by the Aufbau-Verlag. This book was preserved and republished for different editions maintaining the same content ever since its first publication.

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    Julie Rose
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I love novels about the historical history. This book is great in have some great information also."
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    #62Ivanhoe

    Ivanhoe

    Ivanhoe is a classic historical novel by Sir Walter Scott. It was originally published in 1820 in three volumes. It is set in 12th century England and it highlights the tension between the Norman conquerors and the Saxons.

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    Bobby Butler
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I first saw the movie before deciding to read the book. I find myself going back and forth from the movie to the book. This is a work of art. Great read."
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    #63City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light

    City of Darkness, City of Light is a historical fiction book written by Marge Piercy which centers on Danton and Robespierre, along with actress Claire Lacombe and chocolate maker Pauline Léon.

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    Douglas Howard
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The best historical novel is City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy. The story is set during the time of the French Revolution and focuses on the lives of three women. The actress Claire Lacombe, chocolate maker Pauline Léon and Manon Philipon, a ghostwriter for her politician husband all become important contributors to the revolution. "
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    #64Desperadoes

    Desperadoes

    Desperadoes is a historical adventure and action novel for young adults written by Ron Hansen. It was first released in 1997. It is about the sole remaining member of the Dalton Gang.

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    Vicente Vásquez
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "After watching Ken Burns' documentary on the American West I was looking for a novel that further expanded on the topic. Although the setting is the same, I really didn't gain anything new from the book."
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    #65The Berrybender Narratives

    The Berrybender Narratives

    The Berrybender Narratives is a Western historical fiction novel written by Larry McMurtry. It is published in 2011 by Simon & Schuster. 

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    Jerry Huang
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "There are quite a lot of historical novels out there, and this one is one of the best. The Berrybender Narratives is western historical fiction to be precise. Larry McMurtry is a great author. "
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    #66An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses)

    An Affair Before Christmas (Desperate Duchesses)

    An Affair Before Christmas is a historical romance fiction and the second book in Desperate Duchesses series written by Eloisa James. It is published in 2007 by Avon. 

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    Amber Hicks
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This book is hilarious... but it's not suppoused to be. The premise is about a boring marriage, the man loves his wife but she is "shy" and never responds to his touch... this for four years. So he decides to seduce her because he loves her. The premise in interesting, I guess, but the main tenssion of the book is just ridiculous, so absurd that I have no idea how someone could write a book with that weak conflict... spoiler alert, her hair powder makes her head stichy and so she always thinks in that and never enjoys sex... just because of that. great. "
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    #67Old Filth

    Old Filth

    Old Filth is a historical fiction and the first book in the series with the same title written by Jane Gardam. It is first published in 2004 by Europa Editions. 

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    Stephen Collins
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Old Filth is one of the most best novels that is availiable in the market right now. With exotic setting and unique scenario, the book leaves you with several thoughts that will wonder around for few days. The book does not delve into just old historical fact but tells so much more about the experience and journey to getting there. The book shows realism and compassion of everyday people and it's a must read for any historical novel lovers."
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    #68From the Land of the Moon

    From the Land of the Moon

    From the Land of the Moon is an Italian historical fiction novel written by Milena Agus. It is first published in 2006 by Europa Editions. 

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    Francisca Gil
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "A story of love and loss and family, this book kept me riveted for its' entire length. It helps explain the secrets of the family so well and I empathized with all of the characters presented. Even though it's set in a far away country I've never been to, it is easy to see the background and to feel the power plays of the family as I read."
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    #69The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels)

    The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels)

    The Story of the Lost Child is a historical fiction and the fourth book in The Neapolitan Novels series written by Elena Ferrante. It is first published in 2014 by Europa Editions.

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    Kyle Harris
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "An interesting series, but it's starting to lose some steam as the author and publisher look to keep tapping the fans for another purchase. This series started with a good take on the hero's journey, but now it's becoming tiresome as each book begins with yet another Big Problem to solve, and only our chosen one child with The Power can solve it. Lots of soul searching, the same searching and hand wringing that happened in each of the previous books, and in the end the kid always saves the day. I know there's formulas, but really they work better if the writer tries harder. There's always room to change it up a bit, you know? I wish this author would, because the first books were entertaining."
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    #70A Grosvenor Square Christmas

    A Grosvenor Square Christmas
    A Grosvenor Square Christmas is a historical romance fiction novel written by Anna Campbell, Shane Galen, Vanessa Kelly and Kate Noble. It is published in 2013. 
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    Ryan Wagner
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a nice collection of Christmas stories. Each story is set during an annual holiday ball; hosted by the Countess of Winterson's at No. 3 Grosvenor Square. The ball is said to be magical and every year one special couple finds love against all odds. All the stories are throughout many years, the first occurring in 1803, the last in 1830. Very nice short stories to read around Christmas time. "
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    #71The Wind Done Gone

    The Wind Done Gone
    The Wind Done Gone is a classic historical romance fiction written by Alice Randall. This civil war novel is published in 2002 by Mariner Books. 
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    Bryan Munoz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Good civil war fiction novel. On the romantic side but has a great deal of historical visualization to tie it all together. Hard to put down once you pick it up. "
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    #72Rooftops of Tehran

    Rooftops of Tehran

    Rooftops of Tehran is an Iranian historical romance fiction novel written by Mahbod Seraji. It is published in 2009 by NAL. 

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    Gerald Hunt
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I havent had any idea about Iran culture before but now I think I know a little bit. The romance between two kids in a different part of world with religious culture will make you interested in reading this novel. It is also interesting that, Rooftops of Tehran is the first novel of the author."
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    #73Josephus

    Josephus

    Josephus by Lion Feuchtwanger is a historical fiction novel originally published in 1932. This is the first book in Feuchtwanger's Trilogy of Historical Novels on Josephus, Rome, and Judea.

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    Robert Tucker
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This is an old book and doesnt seem to be very popular, I personally would not read it due to the lack of reviews and it being so unknown. "
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    #74Rhett Butler's People

    Rhett Butler's People

    Rhett Butler's People is a historical romance fiction written by Donald McCaig. This civil war novel is first published in 2007 by Pan MacMillan. 

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    Linda Holmes
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you liked Gone With The Wind, you'll be interested hearing the story from another point of view. It focuses more on history than the original story making it a good historical novel"
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    #75Fire Down Below (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Fire Down Below (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Fire Down Below is a classic historical fiction and the third book in To the Ends of the Earth trilogy written by William Golding. It is first published in 1989. 

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    #76Today Is Another Tomorrow

    Today Is Another Tomorrow

    Today Is Another Tomorrow: The Epic Gone With the Wind Parody is a humorous historical romance fiction written by  Missy D'Urberville published in 1991. 

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    Vihaan Patil
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "It doesn't try to be anything more than a parody of Gone With the Wind, which is obviously a far superior work. It's cheap and short. Nothing special."
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    #77The Book Thief

    The Book Thief
    The Book Thief is a young adult novel by Markus Zusak set in Germany during the height of the Nazi regime which centers on a young girl named Liesel who is close to her foster parents, friends, and a Jewish fist fighter.
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    Mark Taylor
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "this is a very good suggestion. The world war 2 era is a really interesting time period in my opinion, and this books gives really good insight into the life of certain people at the time and their struggles with the nazi regime."
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    #78The 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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    Raymond Howell
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "If you are interested in history and war literature, you can do no better than The Killer Angels (Civil War Trilogy). This book has won a Pulitzer Prize and is required reading for students at West Point. An entertaining and gripping retelling of the Battle of Gettysburg. "
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    #79Kings in Exile

    Kings in Exile

    Kings in Exile is a historical fiction book written by Alphonse Daudet. This is French literature book is first published in 1879. 

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    #80Season for Surrender (Holiday Pleasures)

    Season for Surrender (Holiday Pleasures)

    Season for Surrender is a Regency historical romance fiction and the second book in Holiday Pleasures series written by Theresa Romain. It is published in 2012 by Zebra. 

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    Bruce Douglas
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Historical fiction makes you imagine, a time in the past that while using that setting to tell you a fictional story that makes you believe that you're in that setting. This book does a great job of putting you into that historical setting and making you believe that you live there. "
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    #81Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.

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    Roy Alvarez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "A great historical novel is The Girl with a Pearl Earring written by Tracy Chevalier. I love this novel, I read it in college and it might be one of the best historical novels of all time. It's about a woman that poses for a portrait and her relationship with the artist. "
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    #82Shogun (Asian Saga)

    Shogun (Asian Saga)
    Set in 1600, the first book of the Asian Saga features three main characters: John Blackthorne, a British adventurer who arrives at Japan; Toranaga, a feudal lord with dreams of becoming the Shogun and Lady Mariko, a Catholic convert who falls in love with John, an explosive combination of characters and personalities that ensures lots of adventures. 
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    #83The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Queen's Fool (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

    The Queen's Fool is a historical romance fiction and the twelfth book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels written by Philippa Gregory. It is first published in 2003. 

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    Christopher Crawford
    Written on April 11, 2018
    " The Queen's Fool is one fo my daughter's favorite novels. She was so obsessed with it she couldn't put it down when she read it the first time. Until now, she has always put it in a special place in her collection of good reads. "

Summary

Best What are the best historical novels
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Lost CrownBooks 41 Paid
2To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 37 Paid
3The Invention of WingsBooks 37 Paid
4A Farewell To ArmsBooks 35 Paid
5Wolf HallBooks 32 Paid
6The Life of Elizabeth IBooks 31 Paid
7One Hundred Years of SolitudeBooks 29 Paid
8The Daughter of TimeBooks 27 Paid
9Michelangelo and the Pope's CeilingBooks 25 Paid
10The Italian RenaissanceBooks 22 Paid
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