All time top historical fiction

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In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages
1.  In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages by Hella S. Haasse
The list author says:
  "A superb novel of the middle ages in France, with Charles d'Orleans as the central character"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

The Other Boleyn Girl
2.  The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "An unusual perspective on the court of Henry VIII -- a good read"
$14.40   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,378 customer reviews) | 12 customer discussions

Earthly Joys: A Novel
3.  Earthly Joys: A Novel by Philippa Gregory
The list author says:
  "Again, a different take on an interesting historical period. The central character is famed gardener John Tradescant."
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet: Comprising Sunrise in the West, the Dragon at Noonday, the Hounds of Sunset, Afterglow and Nightfall
4.  The Brothers of Gwynedd Quartet: Comprising Sunrise in the West, the Dragon at Noonday, the Hounds of Sunset, Afterglow and Nightfall by Edith Pargeter
The list author says:
  "Nom de plume of Ellis Peters, author of the Cadfael mysteries. I defy anyone to read these books and not be eager to learn more about Welsh history"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Katherine (Rediscovered Classics)
5.  Katherine (Rediscovered Classics) by Anya Seton
The list author says:
  "One of the first historical fiction works I read, and still one of the best. Sister-in-law to Chaucer, Katherine becomes first mistress and later wife to a royal duke; their descendants rule England."
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (686 customer reviews) | 4 customer discussions

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The First Man in Rome
6.  The First Man in Rome by Colleen McCullough
The list author says:
  "First in a fascinating series. The detail and the characters are better than the writing, alas."
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (241 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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The Reckoning (Welsh Princes, No 3)
7.  The Reckoning (Welsh Princes, No 3) by Sharon Kay Penman
The list author says:
  "One of a number of books focusing on the Plantagenets."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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Lady of Hay
8.  Lady of Hay by Barbara Erskine
The list author says:
  "Her best "time travel" book; Kingdom of Shadows also is good, but I found the others disappointing"
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4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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We Speak No Treason (Book 1)
9.  We Speak No Treason (Book 1) by Rosemary Hawley Jarman
The list author says:
  "This -- and book two of course -- are classics. Richard III -- hero or villain?"
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Collaborator
10.  Collaborator by Murray Davies
The list author says:
  "Some "alternate" WW2 historical fiction -- superb thriller"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Winds of War
11.  The Winds of War by Herman Wouk
The list author says:
  "Still the best WW2 saga available. Followed by War & Remembrance"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (422 customer reviews)

Hippopotamus Marsh: Lord of the Two Lands: Volume I (Lords of the Two Lands)
12.  Hippopotamus Marsh: Lord of the Two Lands: Volume I (Lords of the Two Lands) by Pauline Gedge
The list author says:
  "First in an excellent series about a little-known period in ancient Egypt."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Cue for Treason (Puffin Books)
13.  Cue for Treason (Puffin Books) by Geoffrey Trease
The list author says:
  "A children's book, but still a model for a great historical narrative."
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Snared nightingale
14.  Snared nightingale by Geoffrey Trease
The list author says:
  "One of Trease's handful of adult historical novels. Excellent."
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The Black Rose
15.  The Black Rose by Thomas Betram Costain
The list author says:
  "One of several novels by another overlooked novelist. England, Byzantium & the Mongols, c. 1273."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Canterbury Papers: A Novel (Alais Capet)
16.  The Canterbury Papers: A Novel (Alais Capet) by Judith Koll Healey
The list author says:
  "Takes some liberties in the name of romance, but still a good tale."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel
17.  Mary Queen of Scotland and The Isles: A Novel by Margaret George
The list author says:
  "Of her four books, I liked this best. Immensely detailed, authoritative, compelling."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Complaint of the Dove (Robert Fairfax)
18.  The Complaint of the Dove (Robert Fairfax) by Hannah March
The list author says:
  "As much detective fiction as historical fiction -- Wow, is this series good!"
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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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A Catch of Consequence (Makepeace Hedley)
19.  A Catch of Consequence (Makepeace Hedley) by Diana Norman
The list author says:
  "Excellent; inspired concept and top-notch writing. Read the sequel also."
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4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics)
20.  Forever Amber (Rediscovered Classics) by Kathleen Winsor
The list author says:
  "A guilty pleasure. Restoration-era romp with anti-heroine Amber."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (423 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Gone with the Wind
21.  Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The list author says:
  "How can this list exclude it?"
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,798 customer reviews)

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Daughter of the Game
22.  Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant
The list author says:
  "Napoleonic-era suspense -- excellent."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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The Thistle and the Rose: The Tudor Princesses
23.  The Thistle and the Rose: The Tudor Princesses by Jean Plaidy
The list author says:
  "Not great writing, but this author tackled nearly every era of English/French history."
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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Berlin Solstice
24.  Berlin Solstice by Sylvia Fraser
The list author says:
  "Weimar, the Third Reich and war: a German perspective. V. good."
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City of Darkness, City of Light
25.  City of Darkness, City of Light by Marge Piercy
The list author says:
  "Excellent novel of the French revolution."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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