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Old January 20th, 2010, 01:21 PM   #21

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I have to agree Bernard Cornwell books are very good. Just finished the last of David Gemmels books on Troy also very good.
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Has no one but me enjoyed the Robert Graves books?

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Old January 29th, 2010, 01:06 AM   #23
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Shakespeare’s Hamlet has something for everybody. You have love, revenge, betrayal, war, ghosts, beautiful poetic language - everything to make it one of the most-loved plays of all times. The play is often considered a historical fiction as it is a story set against the backdrop of a period in English history. It is one of the first literary works to explore the inner workings of the human mind. In fact, reading `Hamlet’ is like taking a roller coaster ride as we go through the ups and downs of Hamlet’s thoughts. Shmoop.com has some very interesting guidelines that helped me to better understand this all-time favorite Shakespearean drama.

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'Sarum' is definatley worth a look. It is a fictional story about several different families from pre-Roman Salisbury to the modern day (1980's, when he wrote it). He also did one for London.
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No point in recommending non fiction unless you state where your interests lie. For historical fiction, I especially enjoyed the following writers:

Patrick O'Brian (The Aubrey Maturin series, I've only read the first three novels but they really are excellent)

Umberto Eco (In the Name of the Rose (A stunning book) and Baudalino (Also quite good) Eco just happens to base his stories in the medieval period. Its hard to 'genreify' them. They say too much. Fantastic stories which examine the human soul! Quite tricky sometimes but they challenge a lot of preconceptions. He also succeeds in gloriously bringing the middle ages to life.)

Robert Harris (Technically he is a poor and superficially a dull writer, but as historical fiction his stories about Marcus Cicero (Imperium and Lustrum) are very exciting. I didn't think much of Pompeii)

Walter Scott (Considering the man wrote in the early 19th century its hard to think of him as writing 'historical' fiction! But Rob Roy was a rollicking good read! The Irish nationalist John Mitchel praised Scott as 'the saviour of every thinking convict in the world' You can imagine reading Scott in prison - you need a good attention span which is difficult to summon up in the day and age. But when you really give him a go, the rewards are self evident. I also read 'The Talisman', which is interesting in its own right but the plot is quite silly. Rob Roy on the other hand is one of these books that will stay with you for a long time)
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'Sarum' is definatley worth a look. It is a fictional story about several different families from pre-Roman Salisbury to the modern day (1980's, when he wrote it). He also did one for London.
Yes, that was good. I read it when it first came out.
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Just read that one of my all time favourite 5 star books, Fire from Heaven, by Mary Renault, the first in her Alexander trilogy, has made the short-list for the Lost Man Booker Prize! (Look it up - I had to!) I really hope it wins. It's being decided by the public, so find the website and vote on-line.
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Could anyone recommend some historical fiction based on the Crusades to me? Battle-oriented HF would be best, thanks!
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Could anyone recommend some historical fiction based on the Crusades to me? Battle-oriented HF would be best, thanks!
Stephen Lawhead's "Celtic Crusades" tell the story of three generations of a Scottish family who fight in the early Crusading Period. They're very interesting, with some good battles
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Has anyone ever read Harry Sidebottom's Warrior of Rome series?
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