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Old May 8th, 2010, 04:22 AM   #51
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I love the Eagles series too. Lawnmowerman, try the public library. If they don't have them, they'll probably get them on inter-library loan for you.

To the writer who wasn't sure about the historical accuracy of the Eagles series, the Roman history is very good. Simon Scarrow was a teacher of ancient history and also led tours of Roman sites in Britain before becoming a full time author.
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Old May 8th, 2010, 05:03 AM   #52
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NewModelSoldier - talk about damning with faint praise! However as you seem to be a Terry Pratchett fan I'll forgive you for being less than encouraging to Gaius about Bernard Cornwell.

Gaius, I started reading Cornwell only last year and have loved every book. The Burning Land is the most recent in the Saxon series. The first is The Last Kingdom. It's a great series set in C9th Saxon England. I've also loved the Grail series, which isn't about Arthur, but about the 100 Years War. Azincourt is also brilliant.
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I have enjoyed lately Ken Follet's "Pillars of the Earth" and "World without end".
Pillars was awesome, I really got into that one. Haven't read the sequel yet, but I highly, highly recomment Pillars of the Earth!
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"Prince of Foxes" by Samuel Shellabarger and some other books by him.
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Gaius, I started reading Cornwell only last year and have loved every book. The Burning Land is the most recent in the Saxon series. The first is The Last Kingdom. It's a great series set in C9th Saxon England. I've also loved the Grail series, which isn't about Arthur, but about the 100 Years War. Azincourt is also brilliant.

Thanks, I'll have to check out that series then. Goodness I've got a lot of reading to do this summer.
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So I went to the bookstore yesterday to pick up at least one, if not all three of Robyn Young's Brethren series. Naturally, they had the second and third book but not the first.
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Pillars was awesome, I really got into that one. Haven't read the sequel yet, but I highly, highly recomment Pillars of the Earth!
Yes, it's a good read if you can ignore all the inaccuracies I've never read anything like it - the relationships between all the characters and the general depiction of the way of life is unlike anything I've read elsewhere about this period of history. I couldn't even finish World Without End........
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Sandra Maitland's Company of Liars is an excellent read, as is The Owl Killers.
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Alexander Dumas has some good stuff too.
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I read Cornwell's Azincourt, and I actually really enjoyed it, although I couldn't seem to get into any of his other stuff. Which is a shame, because I love the time period of the Saxon Stories.
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