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Best Historical Fiction Reads

Updated on October 7, 2014

Plausible, authentic and well-written historical fiction

Stories set in historical times give me more pleasure than reading about the world today. It's the sheer escapism which grabs me.

I enjoy books in settings drawn from history and, though the main characters are fictional, it's fascinating to find actual historical persons inside the pages..

Good authors can capture the manners and social conditions time presented in the story, and I just love those little period details. My historical fiction tastes cover interpretations of factual events, some science fantasy and detectives.

Lots and lots of detectives.

Death in Rome
Death in Rome | Source

Ancient Roman Novels

Ancient Rome has beguiled me.

From the last days of the Republic to the barbarians at the gates and the flight to the East, I just can't get enough of the glory and gore of the Empire. Plodding through Roman history at school was at times tedious and I wish I could have seen some historical novels back then - that's why I'm a fan of the classic novel, I, Claudius.

I'm a fan of detective mysteries too and when I find them in Ancient Rome, I'm in heaven.

Ancient Roman Detectives

Best Whodunnits in Ancient Rome
Some of the best fictional detectives do their sleuthing in togas. These four sleuths are from Ancient Roman times.

More Ancient Roman Detectives - of the Female Persuasion
I've said it before - some of the very best private detectives crack their cases while wearing togas. Or tunics. Sometimes in an ankle length tunic, a stola.

The Classic Claudius Novels

I, Claudius : Classic Books
The Claudius Novels are superb, timeless classics, and if you haven't read them yet, you've missed one of the great works of the 20th century. These two nov...

I don't have a flashy kindle - All I want to do is read

Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)
Kindle, 6" E Ink Display, Wi-Fi - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 5th)

I don't need to watch movies or anything fancy, I just want to READ. And this is what I read with.


Ancient Roman Novels on Kindle
I love the Kindle editions of books! I can get my dose of historical novels - especially my Ancient Roman novels so cheaply. Stock up on swashbuckling adven...

I Love my Kindle!

Thank heavens for my little kindle. Now I can read more books than ever before.

Not only have I found books from my best-loved authors, but a whole pile of novels on my favourite historical topics.

If you don't have an eReader you're missing out on lightweight, portable reads at a fraction of the cost.

More Detectives

Top Ten Best Historical Detectives on Kindle
Do you like historical fiction? I certainly do, especially novels featuring a murder mystery. There are some wonderful fictional detectives deducing and ded...

The Legend of King Arthur

I fell in love with Arthur when I was nine years old and the passing years have kept that love alive. I must have read, literally, hundreds of books on the Arthurian legend.

Here's my pick of the very best.

Best Books on the Legend of King Arthur
I've always been fascinated by Arthur, who was the man who inspired such a long-lasting legend? You've heard of the chivalrous knights, of many-towered Came...

Island of Ghosts
Could the legend of King Arthur have its roots outside of England? Did the story of Excalibur begin in the mountains of the Caucasus? In the little republic...

Rosemary Sutcliff, Storyteller
Rosemary Sutcliff was first and foremost a great storyteller. I love her stories! I also love her impeccable historical research and her simple, yet poetic,...

Best Books on the Trojan War
The story of Troy has been told over and over in a thousand ways. I grew up with the walls of Troy more real than my own backyard fence. Indeed the backyard ...

The Lure of the North

It was Tolkien who first spoke of The Lure of the North and I know just what he means.

Murder and Mystery in Ireland

How about you?

Do you read historical fiction?

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      Christine Hulme 

      4 years ago from SE Kent, England

      Historical fiction are my favourite for a good entertaining and educational read!

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      5 years ago

      I love historical fiction too

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      5 years ago

      The Claudius books are awesome.

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      5 years ago

      I read a few Fidelma novels. Excellent

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      5 years ago

      I like historical fiction too


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