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    Posted: 12 Aug 2009 at 19:56
After receiving permission from our dear Dawn, I decided to edit her topics a bit, to make them presentable in a way.
 
Originally posted by Dawn Dawn wrote:

... place your recommendations for books set in historical settings here.
 
Ancient Setting
Robert Harris:
-- 'Imperium'
Mary Renault:
-- 'The Last of the Wine'
Robert Graves:
-- 'I, Claudius'
-- 'Claudius the God' 
Lindsey Davis:
-- 'Falco detectives'
David Anthony Durham:
-- 'Pride of Carthage'
Simon Scarrow:
-- Eagle series
Donald Kagan
-- 'The Peloponnesian War'
Simon Hornblower
-- 'The Greek World, 479-323 BC'
Valerio Massimo Manfredi:
-- 'Tyrant'
-- Alexander series
Alan Massie:
-- 'Caesar'
-- 'Augustus'
-- 'Tiberius'
Pressfield:
-- 'The Tides of War'
-- 'The Gates of Fire'
Steven Saylor:
-- The Sub Rosa series
Collen McCullough:
-- First Man in Rome series
Wallace Breem:
-- 'Eagle in the Snow'
Robert Harris:
-- 'Pompeii'
Wilbur Smith:
-- 'River God'
-- 'Warlock'
Mr. Gibbons:
-- 'Atlantis'
Pauline Gedge:
-- 'House of Dreams'
-- 'Twelfth Transforming'
Judith Tarr:
-- 'Lord of Two Lands'
Michael Curtis Ford:
-- 'The Ten Thousand'
-- 'The Last King: Rome's Greatest Enemy'
-- 'Gods and Legions'
Henryk Sienkiewicz:
-- 'Quo Vadis'
 
Medieval Setting
Bernard Cornwell:
-- 'The Last Kingdom'
-- 'The Pale Horseman'
-- 'The Lords from the North'
-- 'Harlequin''
-- 'Heretic'
-- 'The Grail'
-- 'The Winter King'
-- 'Enemy of God'
-- 'Excalibur'
Chretien of Troyes:
-- The cycle of the Graal
Stephan Grundy:
-- 'Rhinegold'
-- 'Attila's Treasure'
Stephen Lawhead:
-- The Lance series
-- Byzantium
Michael Crichton:
-- 'Timeline'
Sharon Kay Penman:
-- 'The Sunne in Splendour'
Maurice Druon:
-- Accursed Kings series
R.F. Tapsell:
-- 'The Year of the Horsetails'
Hope Muntz:
-- 'The Golden Warrior'
Louis L'Amour:
-- 'The Walking Drum'
Robert Graves:
-- 'Count Belisarius'
Sigrid Undset:
-- Kristan Lavrandsdatter series
Jan Guillou:
-- 'Road to Jerusalem'
-- 'Templar' (original Swedish: Templarriddaren)
-- 'Country in the End of the Road' (I don't think this to be the correct English translation)
Anya Seton:
-- 'Katherine'
Umberto Eco:
-- 'Baudolino
-- 'Name of the Rose'
Tom Harper:
-- 'The Mosaic of Shadows'
Ken Folett:
-- 'The Pillars of the Earth'
David Ball:
-- 'Sword and the Scimitar'
Julian Rathbone:
-- 'The Last English King'
-- 'Kings of Albion'
Jack Whyte:
-- 'The Sky Stone'
Robert Nye:
-- 'The Life and Deat of My Lord Gilles de Rais'
Helmer Linderholm:
-- 'They Gave Food to the Ravens' (original: De gavo korpar foda )
Thomas Mallory:
-- 'Le Morte D'Arthur'
Conn Igulden:
-- 'Wolf of the Plains'
-- 'Lords of the Bow'
-- 'Bones of the hills'
Karl Ristikivi:
-- 'Riders of Death' (original: Surma ratsanikud)
-- 'The Burning Banner' (original: Põlev lipp)
-- 'The Last City' (original: Viimne linn)
Gary Jennings:
-- 'The Journeyer'


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Couldn't think of many myself, but please go ahead and give ideas to the Imperial ones as well.
 
Imperial Age Setting
Henryk Sienkiewicz:
-- 'The Deluge'
-- 'With Fire and Sword'
-- 'Pan Wolodyjowsky'
Georgette Hyer:
-- 'An Infamous Army'

The Far East
Eleanor Cooney:
-- The Court of the Lion
-- Deception
James Clavell:
-- Shogun
 


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Ancient:
 
Valerio Massimo Manfredi's Alexander Trilogy
Alan Massie - Caesar; Augustus; Tiberius
 
Medieval:
 
Cornwall's 100 Years War Trilogy: Harlequin, Heretic, The Grail
Maurice Druons's The Accursed Kings (7 books)
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May I point out that contrary to any rumour that may be going around, Count Belisarius by Robert Graves has not actually been banned.
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Just to say the 2 Cornwell series listed are European in setting. So is Morte Darthur.
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There seems to be a few that are mixed up in there setting. the jack Whyte ones are set in England (although some might claim it's not european Wink) there seems to be quite a few Artherian ones in the rong catagory ... maybe Rider isn't finished reorganising

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Helmer Linderholm: De gavo korpar foda (they gave food to the ravens) is set both in a European setting (eastern Sweden and the Baltic), in todays Russia and Northern Iran.
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Georgette Hyer? Any other guilty readers here? Her description of the Waterloo Campaign was so through in An Infamous Army  that it has been mentioned in military acedemys.
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Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

May I point out that contrary to any rumour that may be going around, Count Belisarius by Robert Graves has not actually been banned.
 
So this book exists? I heard of it somewhere, but then I searched for it and found it nowhere...
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Originally posted by Dawn Dawn wrote:

There seems to be a few that are mixed up in there setting. the jack Whyte ones are set in England (although some might claim it's not european Wink) there seems to be quite a few Artherian ones in the rong catagory ... maybe Rider isn't finished reorganising
 
Yes, sorry, Medieval reorganization is for tomorrow.
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Thanks for this, have read some and looking forward to reading others/following this thread.
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Originally posted by rider rider wrote:

Originally posted by Dawn Dawn wrote:

There seems to be a few that are mixed up in there setting. the jack Whyte ones are set in England (although some might claim it's not european Wink) there seems to be quite a few Artherian ones in the rong catagory ... maybe Rider isn't finished reorganising
 
Yes, sorry, Medieval reorganization is for tomorrow.
 
No need to be sorry,things are looking good and remember Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is a good book list.Smile
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Originally posted by whalebreath whalebreath wrote:

Thanks for this, have read some and looking forward to reading others/following this thread.
 
That's why I wanted to organize this -- to get together a good list from which I could select books to read. Tongue
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Updated up to today; Medieval section in order now; added Far East section.
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Sharon K. Penman's books are brilliant.
 
Try the "Henry and Eleanor" trilogy:
 
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How about Romance of the Three Kingdoms?  I'm only up to chapter 12, but its a great read so far, and I only see it getting better.  
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Originally posted by Justinian Justinian wrote:

How about Romance of the Three Kingdoms?  I'm only up to chapter 12, but its a great read so far, and I only see it getting better.  
 
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'The Great Melody' by Conor Cruise O'Brien is a rollicking read. Especially the section on Edmund Burke. Fantastic.
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Originally posted by Dolphin Dolphin wrote:

'The Great Melody' by Conor Cruise O'Brien is a rollicking read. Especially the section on Edmund Burke. Fantastic.


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Originally posted by rider rider wrote:

Originally posted by Justinian Justinian wrote:

How about Romance of the Three Kingdoms?  I'm only up to chapter 12, but its a great read so far, and I only see it getting better.  
 
I do need the author to add it there. Tongue

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Started Robert Harris' new book there earlier on, the sequel to Imperium. Its the start of Cicero's consulship, and I'm as exited as a geek in a comic shop!
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Does Umberto Eco qualify as historical fiction? Or mere genius?
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Name of the Rose is undoubtedly excellent historical fiction.
 
Genius is I think a bit strong because I wasn't particularly impressed by his other books. Foucault's Pendulum was somewhat better than Dan Brown, however. Clown
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Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

Name of the Rose is undoubtedly excellent historical fiction.
 
Genius is I think a bit strong because I wasn't particularly impressed by his other books. Foucault's Pendulum was somewhat better than Dan Brown, however. Clown


I loved Baudalino and Name of the Rose (I'm still trying to unravel the latter, may need to read it again at some stage.) Foucault's Pendulum stares at me from my bedside locker, demanding to be read. Some day.
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