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My favorite historical novels

Aubrey Beaudin "history geek"
 
Guests of the Emperor
Guests of the Emperor
"Great WW2 novel about a women's prison camp in Sumatra. Fiction, but based on real diaries and historical facts."
War and Peace (Penguin Classics)
War and Peace (Penguin Classics)
"One of the greatest books ever written - however, I haven't read this particular translation. Interweaving lives of wealthy Russians during the Napoleonic era."
The King Must Die: A Novel
The King Must Die: A Novel
"A great interpretation about the myth of Theseus in ancient Greece."
Child of the Morning (Hera)
Child of the Morning (Hera)
"An excellent novel about Hatsheptsut, the female Pharaoh of ancient Egypt"
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Signet Classics)
The Scarlet Pimpernel (Signet Classics)
"This is the first in a series about the Scarlet Pimpernel, an Englishman who rescues the French nobility during the French Revolution. Excellent book, especially the ending."
Spring Moon
Spring Moon
"Wonderful novel about turbulent China in the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing on Spring Moon, headstrong daughter of a powerful family."
Resurrection (Penguin Classics)
Resurrection (Penguin Classics)
"Another Tolstoy - this isn't as widely known as his other works. Revolves around a nobleman, redeeming his past sins involving a young prostitute."
Queen of This Realm
Queen of This Realm
"About Elizabeth I. Ms. Plaidy makes her characters become alive and real. Also very good with historical details."
The Firebrand
The Firebrand
"A female retelling of the Trojan War. The places, and some characters were real, so I consider this historical, with a few liberties taken to make it interesting."
The Blood Countess
The Blood Countess
"Mainly about Countess Elizabet Bathori of Hungary, the 'female' dracula who *did* exist. Not a book for the faint of heart. A mixture of modern day and history, well crafted."