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Which historical person should Philippa Gregory write about next

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Post by Nefret » Sat September 10th, 2011, 4:49 am

[quote=""SCW""]I agree with you. The Empress Theodora is an interesting historical figure. But hasn't someone just written a novel about her[/quote]

Yeah, I think so. I'm pretty sure that book comes out this month.
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Post by The Czar » Thu May 17th, 2012, 1:58 am

I've got a great one for a female historical bio...

Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra

I think that would be a great one. It has everything, a little romance, a lot of fighting. I would love to read a novel on her.
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Post by annis » Thu May 17th, 2012, 4:33 am

Judith Weingarten wrote a fairly comprehensive biographical novel about Zenobia a few years back, called The Chronicle of Zenobia: the Rebel Queen. Carla reviewed it here.

Judith Weingarten also wrote an interesting post about Queen Z for the Roman History Books and More website.

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Post by The Czar » Thu May 17th, 2012, 4:42 pm

[quote=""annis""]Judith Weingarten wrote a fairly comprehensive biographical novel about Zenobia a few years back, called The Chronicle of Zenobia: the Rebel Queen. Carla reviewed it here.

Judith Weingarten also wrote an interesting post about Queen Z for the Roman History Books and More website.[/quote]

Well crap. I thought for sure that would be one that hadn't been done. Everytime I think "I want to start writing a book" I instantly come up on four people who already have on that subject. :(
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Post by annis » Fri May 18th, 2012, 6:44 am

It's going to be a big ask to find a historical figure no one has previously written about. Does it matter? After all, think how many novels have been written about, say, Anne Boleyn or Cleopatra. Each one is interesting in its own right as another interpretation.

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Post by EC2 » Fri May 18th, 2012, 1:45 pm

I think as long as you can find your own angle on a historical personage and perhaps bring a new insight, or explore different facets, then you'll have an audience.
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Post by Helen_Davis » Sun December 2nd, 2012, 11:53 pm

[quote=""EC2""]I think as long as you can find your own angle on a historical personage and perhaps bring a new insight, or explore different facets, then you'll have an audience.[/quote]

Would doing alternate history about someone count? I have an alternate history series planned and it begins with Cleopatra...

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Post by SCW » Thu January 3rd, 2013, 9:38 am

An Alternative history where Cleopatra wins the battle of Actium- it would be an intriguing read.

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Post by Nefret » Fri January 4th, 2013, 4:14 am

[quote=""SCW""]An Alternative history where Cleopatra wins the battle of Actium- it would be an intriguing read.[/quote]

Yes, indeed. I'd certainly read that.

On topic, Ms. Gregory should perhaps write something historical fantasy.
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Post by Lisa » Fri January 4th, 2013, 9:56 am

[quote=""Nefret""]
On topic, Ms. Gregory should perhaps write something historical fantasy.[/quote]
I haven't read it, but from the description it sounds like her new YA novel, Changeling (Order of Darkness), is slightly more in the historical fantasy genre.
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