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Old May 3rd, 2010, 09:48 PM   #41

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Okay thanks, I'll check out that series then
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Old May 4th, 2010, 04:52 AM   #42

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For me it's Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series, but only the first six volumes, which was where McCullough originall intended to end it. Public demand eventually caused her to write a seventh volume, but although it was still good I couldn't help but feel that the standard had dropped slightly.

Brethren, a novel about rhe Crusades by Robyn Young, I found to be particularly good. There are two sequels, but I have yet to read those and so I can't really comment.

I also particularly enjoyed some of Michael Shaara's books, which I see have been mentioned previously.

If it's a different kind of historical fiction that gets you, then I would always recommend Pearl S. Buck's The Good Earth. I've re-read it several times and somehow it never fails to move me.

If action and thrill are more your thing, then Conn Igulden is probably the way to go. He plays very fast and loose with the history, but he is definitely a good writer - if nothing else the man knows how to describe a battle scene as almost nobody else can. I thought that his trilogy on Genghis Khan was his best work.

Alternatively again there is Mary Stewart's The Merlin Trilogy, taking place in Arthurian Britain during the Dark Ages. Definitely a great read.

Finally I'd put people onto Margaret George. Her books about Henry VIII and Cleopatra were both excellent.
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The Flashman series. Wonderfully written a very different type of (Anti) Hero and a excellent look at the British Empire during the Victorian Period
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Old May 6th, 2010, 01:52 AM   #44

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I'm looking to find any good historical fiction, that mainly covers any roman eras.

Some help would be much appreciated.
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I'm looking to find any good historical fiction, that mainly covers any roman eras.

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Well, both DIVUS IVLIVS and myself have recommended Colleen McCullough's [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masters_of_Rome]Masters of Rome[/ame] series. Though I've only read a couple of Steven Saylor's [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma_Sub_Rosa]Roma Sub Rosa[/ame] series, I found them reasonably enjoyable. Saylor studied history and the Classics; the series is said to be fairly historically accurate.
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Old May 6th, 2010, 04:36 AM   #46

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I'm looking to find any good historical fiction, that mainly covers any roman eras.

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I found Simon Scarrow's Eagle series is quite good - I'm not sure on the historical accuracy - just imagine Sharpe, but Roman era stuff.

The Eagle Series (or Roman Legion Series) centres around two main characters, Quintus Licinius Cato and Lucius Cornelius Macro, who are both [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legionary"]Roman soldiers[/ame]. Macro, a veteran with nearly 15 years service with the Eagles has recently been appointed to the Centurionate. Cato is a young lad who grew up in the Imperial Palace, and at the start of the series joins the Eagles as Macro's Optio. The first book starts in [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anno_Domini"]AD[/ame] [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/42"]42[/ame]. The books cover the experiences of the two soldiers, initially as experienced [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centurion"]centurion[/ame] and new [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Optio"]optio[/ame], in battles in Germania and the invasion of Britain by [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Claudius"]Claudius[/ame] as part of the [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legio_II_Augusta"]Legio II Augusta[/ame]. The 7th book Eagle in the Sand puts them in [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judea"]Judea[/ame] as agents of the Emperor's secretary [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiberius_Claudius_Narcissus"]Tiberius Claudius Narcissus[/ame].

  1. [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Under_the_Eagle"]Under the Eagle[/ame] (2000)
  2. The Eagle's Conquest (2001)
  3. [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Eagle_Hunts"]When the Eagle Hunts[/ame] (2002)
  4. [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_and_the_Wolves"]The Eagle and the Wolves[/ame] (2003)
  5. The Eagle's Prey (2004)
  6. The Eagle's Prophecy (2005)
  7. [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eagle_in_the_Sand"]The Eagle in the Sand[/ame] (2006)
  8. Centurion (2007)
  9. The Gladiator (August 2009) [5]
  10. Untitled Book (Late 2010-Early 2011) [6]
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Love the Under the Eagle series. Just can't get my hands on [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/When_the_Eagle_Hunts"]When the Eagle Hunts[/ame] (2002) and The Eagle's Prophecy (2005) it hurts
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Surely they're available on Amazon, you should try there dude?
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I'd add the Falco series by Lyndsey Davis. They aren't strictly historical, being more detective stories set in the time of the Flavians.
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Well, both DIVUS IVLIVS and myself have recommended Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome

Thank you. That's a big help. =]
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