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Posted: Thu August 28th, 2008, 6:58 pm
by annis
It's going off the C18th theme, but talking about historical thrillers, I loved Patricia Finney's Gloriana trilogy, set in Elizabethan England and featuring spies David Becket and Simon Ames
1. Firedrake's Eye
2. Unicorn's Blood
3. Gloriana's Torch

On the Georgian England and Revolutionary France theme, I'd like to put in a word for Diana Norman's trilogy
1) A Catch of Consequences
2) Taking Liberties
3) The Sparks Fly Upward"
Plenty of adventure, dry humor, and period atmosphere. They also focus on women's role in C18th society.

Posted: Sat August 30th, 2008, 12:32 am
by scarletpimpernel
I can't believe Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel has not yet been mentioned.

Posted: Sat August 30th, 2008, 12:41 am
by Misfit
Probably 'cause I haven't read it yet and only have vague recollections of the movie from childhood. It's on my ever growing list though. :o

Posted: Sat August 30th, 2008, 4:40 am
by diamondlil
[quote=""scarletpimpernel""]I can't believe Orczy's The Scarlet Pimpernel has not yet been mentioned.[/quote]

We used to have quite a big thread about Scarlet Pimpernel, so I am sure that we will get around to talking about it again!

Posted: Wed September 3rd, 2008, 3:31 am
by scarletpimpernel
Oh that would be cool.. :) I devour historical fiction, but never has anything been closer to my heart than TSP books.

To tsjmom

Posted: Wed September 3rd, 2008, 1:24 pm
by Catherine Delors
Thank you so very much! I am delighted to meet a fan of Gabrielle.

In fact, see my blog for a brand new release, The Black Tower, by Louis Bayard. A historical mystery set in Paris during and after the Revolution:

Beautifully written, with great characters, historical and fictional.

I am also reading, enjoying, and reviewing as I go, The Duchess by Amanda Foreman.

Posted: Thu September 11th, 2008, 6:56 am
by Volgadon
I love that period. The Scarlet Pimpernel is great fun.

Posted: Wed September 17th, 2008, 5:31 pm
by sweetpotatoboy
I just remembered a great book set in 18th century France that I read a few years ago: Rasero by Mexican novelist Francisco Rebolledo.

Here's the Amazon page, where you can read some reviews of it. Really well written (and translated): ... 029781754X

Mistress of the Revolution

Posted: Mon September 22nd, 2008, 12:10 am
by Margaret
I've just finished reading Mistress of the Revolution and posting a review at ... ution.html. What a great read! My favorite novels tend to straddle the boundary between literary and popuar - that is, they have exciting plots, but also strongly developed, complex characters and thought-provoking themes. This novel satisfies on all counts.

Catherine, my research on companion nonfiction for this novel led me to information about Olympe de Gouge, a champion of women's rights during the Revolutionary period. Of course, the fictional Gabrielle is quite different in many ways, but there are enough similarities that I wondered whether you were partly inspired by her story.

Posted: Thu October 23rd, 2008, 8:29 pm
by Catherine Delors
Margaret, how is it I didn't get notified of your post? :confused: Oh well...
To answer your question about Olympe, oh yes she was an inspiration, along with dozens of other women (including myself, of course.) There were so many fascinating female figures at the time of the Revolution. So Gabrielle is a composite. Sometimes I did the reverse: take a real person and split her into different characters in the story. That's the beauty of fiction...