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Leyland
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Post by Leyland » Thu January 1st, 2009, 1:19 am

[quote=""Misfit""] :D :D :D :D I know what that's like. We still can't get the controller to tell us what the name of the class is in college where they taught a*** retentiveness. [/quote]
That would probably be Auditing, Misfit! Just a guess .....
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lindymc
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Post by lindymc » Thu January 1st, 2009, 11:52 am

My favorite ten of the past year:

A Place Beyond Courage, Elizabeth Chadwick
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer
Devil's Brood, Sharon Kay Penman
Saxon series, Bernard Cornwell
Grail Quest series, Bernard Cornwell
Heaven Tree trilogy, Edith Pargeter
City of Dreams/City of Glory, Beverly Swerling
Harold the King, Helen Hollick
Through a Glass Darkly, Karleen Koen
Roselynde Chronicles (books 1-3), Roberta Gellis

BTW a favorite historical romance that both my daughter and I really enjoyed was The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer. It was pure fun to read.
She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain. (1873) -- Louisa May Alcott

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Misfit
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Post by Misfit » Thu January 1st, 2009, 2:36 pm

[quote=""Leyland""]That would probably be Auditing, Misfit! Just a guess .....[/quote]


:) :) I'll try naming that one and see what he says

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Carine
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Joined: September 2008
Currently reading: Jonkvrouw - Jean-Claude Van Ryckeghem
Interest in HF: I love history
Favourite HF book: Can't pin that down to only 1 :-)
Preferred HF: Medieval, Tudor and Ancient Egyptian
Location: Ghent, Belgium
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Post by Carine » Thu January 1st, 2009, 5:58 pm

Nice work Red805 !!

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Laura
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Post by Laura » Mon January 5th, 2009, 2:34 pm

My favorites are the following:
1- The Welsh trilogy by Sharon kay Penman
2- Devil´s Brood
3- Katherine by Anya Seton
4- Forever Amber
5 - Harold the King
6 - Anna Karenina
7 - War and Peace
8 - The Light Bearer
9 - Legacy
10 - The Last Queen: A Novel of Juana La Loca

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Margaret
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Interest in HF: I can't answer this in 100 characters. Sorry.
Favourite HF book: Checkmate, the final novel in the Lymond series
Preferred HF: Literary novels. Late medieval and Renaissance.
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Post by Margaret » Wed January 7th, 2009, 6:14 am

I liked a lot of the novels on your list, Laura, but just could not finish The Light Bearer. I enjoyed the scenes with the young Roman, but Auriane's scenes just seemed to go on and on and on a lot of the time. I got about halfway through before I wore out. I really wanted to like it, too, because I'm interested in early Germany.
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Post by Belili » Wed January 7th, 2009, 11:24 am

My favorites, in no particular order:

Sunne in Splendor - Sharon Kay Penman
The Secrets of Jin-Shei - Alma Alexander
The Virgin Blue - Tracy Chevalier
Innocent Traitor - Alison Weir
The Secret River - Kate Grenville
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
Peony in Love - Lisa See
The Constant Princess - Philippa Gregory
Year of Wonders - Geraldine Brooks
The Bonesetter’s Daughter - Amy Tan

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diamondlil
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Post by diamondlil » Wed January 7th, 2009, 11:40 am

There's some good books on your list!

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Laura
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Suggestion of a nice link

Post by Laura » Wed January 7th, 2009, 12:11 pm

may I suggeste a nice link, made by blueemerald at Amazon? His link is:
http://www.1mpages.com/HistoricalFiction.html

leehow
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Post by leehow » Wed January 7th, 2009, 1:34 pm

1 Shogun by James Clavell
2 Tai Pan by James Clavell
3 Gai Jin by James Clavell
4 Sharpe by Bernard Cornwell(whole series)
5 Alan Lewrie series by Dewey Lambdin
6 The Mucketeer series by Alexandre Dumas
7 Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell
8 The Eagle series by Simon Scarrow
9 The Grail Quest series by Bernard Cornwell
10The Emperor series by Conn Iggulden

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