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Joined: February 2016
Interest in HF: Always loved reading this genre, now I have my own to write!
Favourite HF book: Name of the Rose
Preferred HF: Right now, Ireland Reformation/Rebellion; Renaissance; Tudor; Pre-History...
Location: Ohio, USA

Middle aged newbie

Post by ktinsley » Sat February 20th, 2016, 5:26 pm

Hi! I've jumped in with both feet, and hope to gain some great advice, encouragement, honest dialogue. I typically love this genre, provided it's done well in book or movie format. I guess I've always been interested in history, the human condition, how events impact the lives of people. I'm a non-practicing mental health counselor (on the shelf for now...) and an ASL sign language interpreter, so perhaps storytelling is woven in there somewhere...My first attempt is forming now as a result of my decades of geneology research into my own family and discovering only a few years ago that we were from Ireland. This led to my discovery of some fascinating, and horrific events that my ancestors experienced, (and/or may have contributed to); hence the "story that has to be told". I recently visited Ireland and Scotland for the first time last Fall, and know I have to go back!
Looking forward to meeting folks here, sharing whatever! Time period of interest for me right now is Mid 1500's - Mid 1700's.

Recent books I've read in my research efforts (not exactly Historical Fiction--seems very little in this time period??):

Mary O'Dowd, A History of Women in Ireland 1500-1800 (ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC RESOURCE)
Anne Chambers, Granuaile: Grace O'Malley - Ireland's Pirate Queen
Des Ekin, The Stolen Village - Baltimore and the Barbary Pirates

Google Books:
Mac-Geoghegan (James, abbé) The History of Ireland: ancient and modern, taken from the most authentic records, published at Paris in 1758, and dedicated to the Irish brigade, Volume 3

McGlashan and Gill, 1873 The History of the Warr of Ireland from 1641 to 1653
A British officer of the regiment of Sir John Clottworthy

And many more bits and pieces I've stumbled upon; too numerous to mention now.

Any fellow enthusiasts, please write!!

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Interest in HF: started in childhood with the classics, which, IMHO are HF even if they were contemporary when written.
Favourite HF book: Prince of Foxes, by Samuel Shellabarger
Preferred HF: Currently prefer 1600 and earlier, but I'll read anything that keeps me turning the page.
Location: California Bay Area

Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat February 20th, 2016, 7:45 pm

welcome, ktinsley. I see your favorite HF book is The Name of the Rose. With Umberto Eco's passing yesterday, we lost one of the great writers.

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Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime
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Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by Madeleine » Sat February 20th, 2016, 9:35 pm

Welcome to the forum, good luck with your family history, sounds fascinating.
Currently reading: "The Twisted Sword" by Winston Graham

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Preferred HF: European and American (mostly pre-20th century)
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Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by Mythica » Sat February 20th, 2016, 11:34 pm

Welcome - I'm also an avid genealogist. I would love to write about my ancestors but don't think I have the skill or talent. Good luck!

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by Vanessa » Sun February 21st, 2016, 2:06 pm

Hello and welcome! I hope you enjoy it here.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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Favourite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
Location: Northeast Scotland

Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by Lisa » Mon February 22nd, 2016, 12:14 pm

Welcome to the forum, I hope you enjoy it here!

Have you read Dublin and Ireland by Edward Rutherfurd? I read both last year as a sort of 'crash course' on Irish history, since I find well-researched historical fiction so much more enjoyable to read (and more memorable) than most non-fiction history books. They are both quite centred on Dublin/Leinster, but I really enjoyed them.

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Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by SGM » Mon February 22nd, 2016, 7:45 pm

If you are looking for non-fiction, try:

Moody: Early Modern Ireland, 1534-1691 (Vol 3) for these dates

Anything by Jane Ohlmeyer

Barnard: Cromwellian Ireland

Ellis: Tudor Ireland

Anything by Canny

Books by Micheal O'Siochru either solo books or collaborations.

I hope that helps.
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

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Re: Middle aged newbie

Post by Carla » Sun February 28th, 2016, 1:13 pm

Hello and welcome! I was going to mention Edward Rutherford's books, but I see Lisa has beaten me to it.
PATHS OF EXILE - love, war, honour and betrayal in Anglo-Saxon Northumbria
Editor's Choice, Historical Novels Review, August 2009
Now available as e-book on Amazon Kindleand in Kindle, Epub (Nook, Sony Reader), Palm and other formats on Smashwords
Website: http://www.carlanayland.org
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