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Vanessa
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Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Wed January 7th, 2009, 3:35 pm

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

That's useful, Laura. I've saved it to my Favourites.
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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sweetpotatoboy
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Location: London, UK

Post by sweetpotatoboy » Wed January 7th, 2009, 3:42 pm

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

Wow. that's a great resource. I want to read all of them!!

gyrehead
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Post by gyrehead » Wed January 7th, 2009, 8:21 pm

Definitely some on that list I'll have to look into.

The categorizations in the list are a bit wonky though ;)

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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, 8:47 pm

Thanks for the link to BlueEmerald's list, Laura! One of the things I especially like about it is it's a thoughtful compilation that includes a lot of novels that don't usually appear on lists like these - in categories that are a little different than the ones other lists use. I'll be going back to it!
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

tsjmom
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Post by tsjmom » Thu January 8th, 2009, 5:56 pm

Thanks for the link Laura!

annis
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Post by annis » Mon January 12th, 2009, 8:55 pm

Blue Emerald's list is a great one to have bookmarked - thanks, Laura. I was a bit scared to realise how many I had already read over the years - must spend way too much time reading!
i hadn't realised that Amitrav Ghosh's "Sea of Poppies" was the first in a trilogy- something to look forward to.

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Post by annis » Mon January 12th, 2009, 9:22 pm

Posted by Gyrehead
I am rather embarassed I did not include Mary Renault on my list. Particularly The Persian Boy. I was a complete innocent when I read it the first time and it never occured to me that it might strike many as being salacious for its time.
Gyrehead, your post about Renault's "The Persian Boy" reminds me of when I first read Iris Murdoch's "The Bell" I was very young and innocent then, and didn't know anything about the homosexuality which made for so much of dynamic tension in the story, so that was a bit of a surprise and an education for me!

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C.P
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Post by C.P » Tue February 17th, 2009, 7:53 am

Hi everyone, I'm new to the forum! I love reading and especially reading HF!

1. Gone with the wind - Margaret Mitchell
2. Morgan's run - Colleen McCullough
3. The Virgin's lover - Philippa Gregory
4. My heart is my own - John Guy
5. Circles in a forest - Dalene Matthee
6. Elizabeth I - Anne Somerset
7. Great Harry - Carolly Erickson
8. Commando - Deneys Reitz
9. Redeeming love - Francine Rivers
10. War and Peace - Tolstoy

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Post by diamondlil » Tue February 17th, 2009, 8:50 am

Welcome C.P.
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Vanessa
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Posts: 4238
Joined: August 2008
Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Post by Vanessa » Tue February 17th, 2009, 7:39 pm

Hi CP

Hello and welcome. Hope you enjoy it here! Gone with the Wind is one of my favourites, too. :)
currently reading: My Books on Goodreads

Books are mirrors, you only see in them what you already have inside you ~ The Shadow of the Wind

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