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Poland and Russia

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Veronica
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Poland and Russia

Post by Veronica » Fri March 18th, 2011, 9:27 am

Does anyone know if there are any fiction books about the royalty or similar in Poland? come to think of it I have never come across any HF about Poland...

Same with Russia; are there any HF about the Tsar's?

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Post by Veronica » Fri March 18th, 2011, 9:29 am

Sorry, realised the question about Tsar's have been answered in the "right" thread.
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Post by Margaret » Fri March 18th, 2011, 8:40 pm

James Michener wrote a novel called, appropriately enough, Poland. There are some others, which will turn up if you go to the home page at HistoricalNovels.info and search on "Poland." One that intrigues me, though I haven't read it (or anything else by the author), is James Conroyd Martin's Push Not the River, about a Polish countess during the Napoleonic era.

Poland has an interesting history - I've encountered bits and pieces of it while researching the history of other areas (nothing in history exists apart from everything else in history, it seems) - which does seem to be underrepresented in historical fiction.
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri March 18th, 2011, 9:13 pm

If you don't mind YA, there's a Newbery award winning book, the Trumpeter of Kracow. I started an audio book of it long ago, and was enjoying it when the tape broke. Must get back to it.

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Post by Misfit » Fri March 18th, 2011, 10:04 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]James Michener wrote a novel called, appropriately enough, Poland. There are some others, which will turn up if you go to the home page at HistoricalNovels.info and search on "Poland." One that intrigues me, though I haven't read it (or anything else by the author), is James Conroyd Martin's Push Not the River, about a Polish countess during the Napoleonic era.

Poland has an interesting history - I've encountered bits and pieces of it while researching the history of other areas (nothing in history exists apart from everything else in history, it seems) - which does seem to be underrepresented in historical fiction.[/quote]

I read the two Conroyd Martin books and enjoyed them, although I'd call them library books as opposed to purchasing. I later got a bit turned off at his ummm....rather heavy handed use of tagging at Amazonto get his book everywhere.
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Post by Margaret » Sat March 19th, 2011, 4:25 am

Hmmm - that would turn me off, too.
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Post by Kveto from Prague » Sun March 20th, 2011, 5:50 pm

[quote=""Margaret""]James Michener wrote a novel called, appropriately enough, Poland. There are some others, which will turn up if you go to the home page at HistoricalNovels.info and search on "Poland." One that intrigues me, though I haven't read it (or anything else by the author), is James Conroyd Martin's Push Not the River, about a Polish countess during the Napoleonic era.

Poland has an interesting history - I've encountered bits and pieces of it while researching the history of other areas (nothing in history exists apart from everything else in history, it seems) - which does seem to be underrepresented in historical fiction.[/quote]

Michener's "Poland" is great. Michener himself said it was the place he most wanted to write about in the forward.

Henry Sienkiewecz wrote "Knights of the Cross" about the Teutonic knights invasions of Poland. Much better than his more famous "Quo vadis"

Im a bit surprised that there isnt something on Jan Sobieski I and his Hussars who turned back the ottoman turks at the second seige of vienna

It seems most books focus on Poland's WWII history.

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Post by cw gortner » Sun March 20th, 2011, 7:57 pm

[quote=""Misfit""]I read the two Conroyd Martin books and enjoyed them, although I'd call them library books as opposed to purchasing. I later got a bit turned off at his ummm....rather heavy handed use of tagging at Amazonto get his book everywhere.[/quote]

Was that him? He tagged my books as similiar to his, or vice versa.
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Post by Ludmilla » Sun March 20th, 2011, 8:02 pm

I just ordered a used copy of Evelyn Anthony's Valentina, about a love affair between a Polish Countess and a French officer during the time of Napoleon's Russian invasion. i'm still waiting for the book to arrive but hope to read soon.

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Post by Misfit » Sun March 20th, 2011, 8:45 pm

[quote=""cw gortner""]Was that him? He tagged my books as similiar to his, or vice versa.[/quote]

Yes it was, as you can see from the reviewshe's written, as well as from the Wish List.

I know you guys have to do what you have to do, and I understand tagging is important - but I tell you, when I came across his two books recommended from tags on an old VHS video of My Cousin Rachel (filmed in the 1950's), that was just too OTT for me.

Or look at it this way, look how many tags his own book has here.
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