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Old January 9th, 2010, 07:23 AM   #11

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Mary Renault books on Ancient Greece. Really can get you in the mood of the Era.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 01:12 PM   #12

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Any of Sharon Penman's novels are well worth a read - "Here be Dragons", "Sunne in Splendour" etc.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 10:13 AM   #13

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Or anything by Nigel Tranter (but he wrote about Scottish history which might not be your thing...).
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:00 AM   #14

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Pompeii and Imperium by Robert Harris
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:04 AM   #15

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Pompeii and Imperium by Robert Harris
I enjoyed his Fatherland and Archangel, thought Enigma was reasonably good, but just wasn't grabbed by Imperium.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:04 AM   #16

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The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell are my current favorites. If your not into the viking age though, check out The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield. Virtues of War is about Alexander the Great, and is narrated by him.

Another good historical fiction novel is Medicus and Terra Incoginta about a doctor in the Roman empire at the time of the emperor Hadrian (my favorite emperor )

Also there is always the classic War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. A delightful read, it is long but well worth it.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 09:27 PM   #17

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Anything by Steven Pressfield - Gates of Fire and Tides of War are my faves.
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Old January 11th, 2010, 09:04 PM   #18

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Others have already mentioned several of my recommendations:

Steven Pressfield (Gates of Fire, The Virtues of War, The Afghan Campaign, Killing Rommel)
Mary Renault (Fire from Heaven, The Persian Boy)
Bernard Cornwell (The Saxon Series, Agincourt)
Robert Harris (Pompeii, Enigma)
Michael Curtis Ford (The Sword of Attila, The Fall of Rome, The Last King)
Charles Frazier (Cold Mountain)

Happy reading!
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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:14 AM   #19

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I would like to further recommend Bernard Cornwell. Apart from Agincourt and The Saxon Chronicles, he also has an Athurian Trilogy, Stonehenge, The Grail Quest series (early 100 years war), the Starbuck Chronicles (US Civil War) and of course his Sharpe series(~21 books), focused mainly on the Penisular War.

He also has a stand alone called 1776 based on a redcoat soldier.

Furthermore Patrick O'Brian has a really good series of Naval stories. (The film Master and Commander was based off them).

I would also suggest Conn Iggulden's Mongol series and Simon Scarrow's Roman series.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:19 AM   #20

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Gavin Menzies - 1421 The Year China Discovered The World
I've had that book screaming to me each time I go to a book store, but I just haven't answered the Siren's call.

I recommend "John Adams" by David McCullough
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