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Re: Know any good historical or political fiction?

Post by lovefamily » 07 Aug 2017, 14:25

Is there a period of history that your are interested in? That would help a bit.

My current favorite historical fiction author is Roberta Kagan. She specializes in Holocaust/WWII/Israeli topics. If you are looking for Civil War/Revolutionary War, then I'd go with John Jakes.

Political fiction, I'd go for Tom Clancy. I also think Jeffrey Archer's Clifton Chronicles were great.

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Post by Mallory Whitaker » 07 Aug 2017, 15:08

Creating Serenity wrote:I've had Wolf Hall sitting on my bookshelves for something close to two years maybe. I didn't realize it had a sequel now as well. I am going to have to finally get to that one! I love the Tudor period as well so I will have to get to this one soon. Those TBR piles just don't go away!
If you love the Tudors then it's definitely worth a read! It's interesting because it's the only book I've read with a sympathetic view of Cromwell. The sequel covers Anne's fall. Man, I know. Those piles just get larger and larger.

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Post by maiamalanee » 29 Aug 2017, 12:10

A Dangerous Fortune by Ken Follett and his other books are really great reads. His books take place all over Europe and span from the 17th century to the 18th century. They are pretty historically accurate. They do not have to do with royalty, but more to do with everyday people.

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Post by jenjayfromSA » 21 Sep 2017, 03:37

Two special books are Desiree by Annemarie Selinko - based on fact - the young French girl who was first engaged to Napoleon Bonaparte, then when he dumped her, married one of his marshals, Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, who was invited to become King of Sweden. The Swedish royal family descend from them. It's written in diary form and is absolutely charming. The other is Katherine by Anya Seton - the story of the commoner girl who became the mistress of John of Gaunt in medieval England (again fact). His legitimate son was Henry IV. Katherine bore him four children. In the end he married her, making her Duchess of Lancaster and they were the ancestors of the Tudor line. It's also well-written and gives a real picture of England at the time. Katherine is delightful.

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Post by Londera » 24 Sep 2017, 21:35

I agree Phillipa Gregory is my favourite historical fiction author. She is the main reason why I love the history of English monarchy.

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Post by CatInTheHat » 25 Sep 2017, 08:00

The Black Shadow is a good one for political fiction. Here's my review of it: viewtopic.php?f=22&t=45218
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Post by Insightsintobooks729 » 15 Dec 2017, 12:25

A Secret History of Witches is goid as it deals with the history if witches from their perspective.
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Post by pricklypurple » 02 Jul 2018, 08:55

Try James A. Michener or Graham Greene books.

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Post by Heatherlypre » 11 Jul 2018, 12:27

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr is amazing!!!!

Beneath a Scarlett Sky by Mark Sullivan is in my top 5 - I just loved this book - Pino (the main character is actually still alive and they are making a movie from the book - I follow Mark (and am lucky enough to be friends with him) on Facebook. He has pictures of him and Pino from his book tour a few months ago.

Where the Wind Leads is not historical fiction per se but it is a true story written by a man who was a refugee during the Vietnam war and his (Chinese) families journey to get out of Vietnam - very heart wrenching


Book Thief, Orphan Train, Last Train to Istanbul, Night by Elie Wiesel, and The Nightingale.

This is my first post so I hope I just didn't repeat what everyone else said :)

I am also looking for some more good historical fiction. It has become my favorite genre

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