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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012, 7:14:40 AM PST
Clementina says:
Princes of Ireland Rutherfurd

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012, 7:15:30 AM PST
Clementina says:
The princes of ireland Rutherfourd

Posted on Dec 7, 2012, 7:51:38 AM PST
Edward Davis says:
March and Year of Wonder by Geraldine Brooks and an oldie but goodie Far Pavilions by M.M. Kaye are just excellent reads with dynamic character development along with historical setting that can't be beat. I also love Ken Follett. I'm reading the first book in the series and loving it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012, 8:15:12 AM PST
I remember a book now by Leon Uris called Exodus that was marvelous!

Posted on Dec 7, 2012, 8:18:51 AM PST
Also Trinity

Posted on Dec 7, 2012, 9:55:50 AM PST
So many great suggestions! I just wanted to thank everyone for posting. I really loved Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett. I tried to read World Without End but I just got tired lol. I think I'm going to give Fall of Giants a try. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012, 12:52:26 PM PST
M. Hart says:
Hi. You'll love Scandal's Daughter, by Mallory Dorn Hart. Late 1850's in pre-civil war New York City, fiction based on the life of Isaac Singer, who secretly had 5 wives at once. That's the sewing machine mogul. My others take place in Europe. Best, M. Hart

Posted on Dec 9, 2012, 12:33:30 PM PST
One of the most highly praised writers of historical fiction is the writer Bernard Corrnwell. USA Today calls him the reigning king of historical fiction. His "The Warlord Chronicles" series (about king Arthur) and his Saxon Tales books take the reader back to the medieval times like no one else. I highly recommend them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012, 3:21:35 PM PST
I recommend Geraldine Brooks' Caleb's Crossing, also her book March, and Kathleen Grisom's The Kitchen House. Also Jean Zimmerman's The Orphanmaster and Dara Horn's All Other Nights.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012, 5:10:20 PM PST
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Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 2:32:51 AM PST
goodforbooks says:
The Dominique-LaPierre (sp) books: Is Paris Burning and O Jerusalem are two of the best historical novels I've ever read. They wrote more, but the titles escape me. Leon Uris also wrote The Haj - fascinating novel about the Middle East.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 2:40:39 AM PST
Nadine says:
I really enjoyed Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - wonderful historical fiction.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 2:42:36 AM PST
I didn't see Bernard Cormwell metioned. Probably the master of English historical fiction. Also a great series (4 books) on the American civil war. For fun during the reign of King Henry VIII, read up on Master Shardlake's mystery solving adventures.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 5:52:46 AM PST
Reader Mom says:
Bryce Courtenay (who just passed away), although well known in Australia, is not as well known in the States. He writes brilliantly. His books about early 19th century London, the lower class struggle and the beginning of the penal colonies in Australia are three of the best books I've read; The Potato Factory; Tomo and Hawk; and Solomon's Song are jointly called "The Australian Trilogy" and will keep you fascinated. Rich character development and historical social injustices during this era are weaved through his riveting work. Books are long, but you become immersed immediately. I've read Ken Follett's work as well - loved them all - and Courtenay is well up to equal praise and loyal followers.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 6:26:36 AM PST
Jack Visage says:
Jeff Shaara's trilogy of the Civil War is as good as it gets.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 8:06:33 AM PST
ER says:
Amazon carries the Irish Trilogy by Thomas Flanagan: The Year of the French,the Tenants of Time and the End of the Hunt , engrossing histories of Irish crises and "the troubles." You'll learn a lot from these well told stories.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 8:34:19 AM PST
Marlena says:
I've read 3 books by David Ball and they are all very well researched and extremely well witten, exciting and interesting. Hope you give him a try.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 8:36:32 AM PST
Marlena says:
I have read 3 books by David Ball and they are very well done. The research is awesome and there is a lot of exciting action and plot twists that also have historical facts interwoven. Loved them and hope he writes more!!

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 9:31:34 AM PST
The best Irish historical fiction I have read were two by Leon Uris, "Trinity" and the follow up novel "Redemption."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:05:28 AM PST
Abrach says:
"The Last Sunset" by Bob Atkinson, set in the Highlands during the 1745 rebellion.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:31:08 AM PST
Traveler says:
Sansom novels are exceptional

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 11:51:32 AM PST
B. Wilde says:
The First Man in Rome- extradinary ! ....... also any book by Colleen McCulloughan

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 11:53:40 AM PST
B. Wilde says:
Do you mean Thorn Birds ?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012, 12:26:23 PM PST
Susan Dicker says:
Trilogy by Leon Uris has been around but I loved it - good view of the problems Ireland has struggled with for generations. I loved all of Uris's books - QB VII (trials after WWII), The Haj (The early days in Israel - relationship and political struggles between the new Israelis and the Palestinians, which still go on), Exodus. I was not as fond of Redemption.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012, 2:00:26 PM PST
L. Boyles says:
Anything by Elizabeth Chadwick, especially The Greatest Knight and The Scarlet Lion.
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