Welcome to the Historical Fiction Online forums: a friendly place to discuss, review and discover historical fiction.
If this is your first visit, please be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above.
You will have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.
To start viewing posts, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

any historical personages you wish had fiction composed about them

For discussions of historical fiction. Threads that do not relate to historical fiction should be started in the Chat forum or elsewhere on the forum, depending on the topic.
User avatar
Jemidar
Avid Reader
Posts: 397
Joined: February 2010
Location: Adelaide, Australia

Post by Jemidar » Mon March 15th, 2010, 6:43 am

[quote=""annis""]Sorry to disappoint, but "The Cardinal and the Queen" is about Margaret's daughter, Anne of Austria (mother of Louis XIV of France) and Richelieu.[/quote]

Oooops...really wasn't paying attention, was I? Sorry :o .
Jenny

"Well-behaved women rarely make history."
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Currently Reading:


annis
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 4585
Joined: August 2008

Post by annis » Tue March 16th, 2010, 1:57 am

Did someone mention earlier Henries? Edith Pargeter's "Bloody Field by Shrewsbury" comes to mind - it features both Henry IV and his son Hal (later Henry V), whose title, Prince of Wales, is hotly contended by Welsh prince, Owen Glendower. The real hero, though is Henry IV's friend and later enemy, Henry Percy, known as "Hotspur". I'm sure I saw that this novel is scheduled for reissue, which is good news.

User avatar
rockygirl
Avid Reader
Posts: 349
Joined: August 2010
Location: Upstate New York

Post by rockygirl » Sat August 14th, 2010, 8:44 pm

[quote=""Andromeda_Organa""]I'd like to see fiction on Eleanor Roosevelt.[/quote]


Elliot Roosevelt (can't remember right now if he was the son or grandson of Eleanor) wrote a series of mysteries with Eleanor as the main character.

The books are available on Amazon.

User avatar
LoveHistory
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 3751
Joined: September 2008
Location: Wisconsin, USA
Contact:

Post by LoveHistory » Sat August 14th, 2010, 11:13 pm

I'm very curious about Ivar the Boneless.

annis
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 4585
Joined: August 2008

Post by annis » Sat August 14th, 2010, 11:54 pm

Ivarr the Boneless is mostly to be found in the sagas, but he does make a minor appearance in Bernard Cornwell's Last Kingdom, and is also a character in Harry Harrison's alternate Dark Age series The Hammer and the Cross. It has been postulated that his unusual condition may have been a form of brittle bone disease.

There's an intriguing legend about Ivarr which says he was buried in a mound near the English seashore so that he could act as a Watcher, or guardian spirit. The same legend appears in stories about English King Harold Godwinsson - that his body was spirited away after the Battle of Hastings and buried overlooking the sea so that he could remain a Guardian of England.
Last edited by annis on Sat August 14th, 2010, 11:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.

SGM
Compulsive Reader
Posts: 699
Joined: March 2010

Post by SGM » Sun August 15th, 2010, 7:18 am

Aphra Behn made it to a novel I cannot now identify and which I seem to remember was not very good. But she came over as a rather silly women. I have often thought she deserved better treatment, particularly as some consider she might be the "mother" of the English novel.

I think she gets a brief mention in Trease's Popinjaystairs -- not one of his best.
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

User avatar
Berengaria
Avid Reader
Posts: 307
Joined: July 2010
Location: northern Vancouver Island, BC Canada

Eleanor of Castile?

Post by Berengaria » Sun August 15th, 2010, 8:08 am

Eleanor is, of course, one of the characters of Jean Plaidy's Hammer of the Scotsbut I would like to see a novel with her as the central personage. She and Edward I had a great love for one another. And, as you know, Edward had crosses set up wherever her funeral procession stopped on its way to London. Then he married again and had children with his second wife, Marguerite. I just think it would be a fascinating time period to read about! :)
Last edited by Berengaria on Sun August 15th, 2010, 7:51 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Reason: wrong word
Image My 4 girls!


“No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.” ~Lady Montagu

annis
Bibliomaniac
Posts: 4585
Joined: August 2008

Post by annis » Mon August 16th, 2010, 6:33 pm

Posted by SGM
Aphra Behn made it to a novel I cannot now identify and which I seem to remember was not very good. But she came over as a rather silly women. I have often thought she deserved better treatment, particularly as some consider she might be the "mother" of the English novel.
Aphra Behn makes an appearance in [url=p://www.fidelismorgan.com/pages/writing/fiction/fiction.htm]Fidelis Morgan'[/url]s wickedly funny Countess Ashby de la Zouche historical mystery series. Fidelis Morgan has also written several non-fiction books about 17th century female theatre personalities.

SGM
Compulsive Reader
Posts: 699
Joined: March 2010

Post by SGM » Mon August 16th, 2010, 6:50 pm

[quote=""annis""]Posted by SGM


Aphra Behn makes an appearance in [url=p://www.fidelismorgan.com/pages/writing/fiction/fiction.htm]Fidelis Morgan'[/url]s wickedly funny Countess Ashby de la Zouche historical mystery series. Fidelis Morgan has also written several non-fiction books about 17th century female theatre personalities.[/quote]

Unfortunately, I am not fond of those books. She did appear in another one -- was it the Vizard Mask? But as I say, she did not appear to advantage whichever one it was and I have long thought her a fascinating woman even if I found Orinoko (sp?) really rather too florid. There was a really interesting discussion about her in one of the In Our Times (Melvyn Bragg).
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

User avatar
rockygirl
Avid Reader
Posts: 349
Joined: August 2010
Location: Upstate New York

Post by rockygirl » Mon August 16th, 2010, 7:06 pm

Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi

Grace Coolidge

And I agree with the mentions of Livia and Charlemange.

Post Reply

Return to “General Discussion”