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MrsMorland
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Post by MrsMorland » Thu October 30th, 2008, 5:48 pm

I suppose it's cheating a bit but...

1. Morland Dynasty (30 books actually)
2. Outlander
3. Forever Amber
4. Massachusetts by Nancy Zaroulis
5. Going Home by Rosamund Pilcher
6. Katherine by Anya Seton
7.The Last Silk Dress by Anne Rinaldi
8.Anna by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (2 sequels good too)
9. Bound by Sally Gunning
10. Pillars of the Earth

chuck
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Post by chuck » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:22 am

So many favorites.....

Northwest Passage...Kenneth Roberts
Captain Blood...Rafael Sabatini
Three Musketeers....A. Dumas
Sword at Sunset...Rosemary Sutcliff
Eagle in the Snow.....Wallace Breem
Byzantium....Stephen Lawhead
Arthurian series.....Bernard Cornwell
Below the Salt....Thomas Costain
Lonesome Dove...Larry McMurtry
Killer Angels....Michael Shaara

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Post by donroc » Fri October 31st, 2008, 4:55 am

Interesting, no one ever mentions Ben Hur -- and i will not in any list either.
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Bodo the Apostate, a novel set during the reign of Louis the Pious and end of the Carolingian Empire.

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Alaric
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Post by Alaric » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:48 am

I can't remember what order I put them in on the old forum, but off the top of my head it went something like this (this time in no order):

"Flashman at the Charge," by George MacDonald Fraser
"The Count of Monte Cristo," by Alexandre Dumas
"The Three Muskateers," by Alexandre Dumas
"Ivanhoe," by Sir Walter Scott
"A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens
"Sharpe's Eagle," by Bernard Cornwell
"Sharpe's Rifles," by Bernard Cornwell
"Gates of Fire," by Steven Pressfield
"A Ship of the Line," by C.S. Forester
"The Winter King,' by Bernard Cornwell

Ask me in a few years time and I'll probably give something completely different.

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Carine
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Currently reading: Jonkvrouw - Jean-Claude Van Ryckeghem
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Post by Carine » Fri October 31st, 2008, 6:56 am

Here's my list :

Merlin trilogy - Mary Stewart
Rivergod - Wilbur Smith
The Heretic Queen - Michelle Moran
Nefertiti - Michelle Moran
A Vision of Light - Judith Merkle Riley
In Pursuit of the Green Lion - Judith Merkle Riley
The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick (it was hard to pick 1, because I love all her books, I have read 4 up to now, got the rest on my TBR pile)
Girls with a Pearl Earing - Tracy Chevalier
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
Dark Birthright - Jeanne Treat

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Madeleine
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Currently reading: "The Dead of Winter" by Nicola Upson
Preferred HF: Plantagenets, Victorian, crime, dual time-frame
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Post by Madeleine » Fri October 31st, 2008, 8:58 pm

I haven't read 10 historical books, but here are the ones I've read and enjoyed over the last few years:

Girl with a Pearl Earring - Tracy Chevalier
The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory
The American Boy - Andrew Taylor
The Lady and the Unicorn - Tracy Chevalier
The Firemaster's Mistress - Christie Dickason
The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick
The Mallen Trilogy - Catherine Cookson (read years ago and still a favourite)

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Bobbi
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Post by Bobbi » Wed November 5th, 2008, 2:30 am

1. The Outlander series (do i have to pick just one)?
2. Into the Wilderness - Sara Donati
3. The Tea Rose - Jennifer Donnelly
4. Bridgerton Series - Julia Quinn
5. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
6. Girl with the pearl Earrings - Tracy Chevalier
7. His Wicked Kiss - Gaelen Foley
8. Pillars of the Earth - Ken Follett
9. Potent Pleasures - Eloisa James
10. A Kingdom of Dreams - Judith Mcnaught


Do I have to stop there? :(
Devil's Bride - Stephanie Laurens
Here be Dragons - Sharon K Penman
Redeeming Love - Francine Rivers
I see a few of you have The Three Musketeers there too, I've got that in my TBR pile at the moment.

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Post by diamondlil » Wed November 5th, 2008, 8:58 am

Bobbi, I am shocked!

No room for The Bronze Horseman?
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Bobbi
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Post by Bobbi » Wed November 5th, 2008, 9:29 am

[quote=""diamondlil""]Bobbi, I am shocked!

No room for The Bronze Horseman?[/quote]

Marg I thought I had it in number 1. :confused: It is always on the top of my list! We'll just have to slot it in there and move all the other down a spot. ;)

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Post by nona » Wed November 5th, 2008, 4:52 pm

truely this is overwhelming and I must think on this and get to it in a few days but only 10 that will be hard to determine.

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