Fran's Historical Fiction picks

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The Last Kingdom

Bernard Cornwell

$16.99 $15.63

This series is by Bernard Cornwell. It is 14 books long, but is well worth it. It was good enough for a TV series which was pretty good. Loved the main character, conversation, especially in confrontation scenes can be crude, but, hey, they're Vikings! Battle scenes spectacularly real. Takes you through Utred's whole life.

A Gentleman in Moscow

Amor Towles

$17.00 $15.64

1922, pre-revolution Russia, an unrepentant aristocrat in house-arrest in a hotel near Kremlin, a precocious little girl. Amor Towles' writing is reminiscent of the time the story is set in. I had to look up the copyright date and was shocked to find it was 2016. Could have sworn it was written in early part of last century. So proper time appropriate. A bit of a surprise ending. Really enjoyed it.

Katherine

Anya Seton

$17.99 $16.55

By Anya Seton - This historical fiction based on the real-life events of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most the British royal family. Set in the 14th century of Chaucer, who was her brother-in-law, and the Black Death, the Plantagenets, Edward III, the Black Prince, Knights, Affairs, murders, spiritual awakening, and redemption in the end. I've first read this book in high school, and was completely captivated by it. I read it every couple of years, never tiring of the story.. Just simply wonderful. Anya Seton is the author of several other historical fiction books that I enjoyed as well. If you like historical fiction, this is a must read. Katherine was buried in the Lincoln Cathedral in Lincolnshire, England, near the high altar.

The Three Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas

$14.99 $13.79

By Alexander Dumas - Was written in 1844, originally in French, so most books are translations into English or whatever you speak. Mr. Dumas has some anachronistic mistakes in the books, But if you don't know that, it will make no difference in the story. As assumed this is a swashbuckling story of the famed Musketeers. It is not the movies, of which there are many and varied. Keeping in the mind the year it was written, that it was basically happening in the time Dumas lived, it was not composed in retrospect. Cardinal Richelieu, Milady de Winter still provide aggravations, Artemis, Porthos, Athos and D'Artagnan still run around brandishing swords defending the honour of the Queen and D'Artagnan's true love, Constance. In the beginning, I thought some of the depictions were silly, then they became amusing and as a result settled in to enjoy the book. Enjoy the movies, but this is the REAL story of those guys.

Outlander

Diana Gabaldon

$9.99 $9.19

by Diana Gabaldon - An 8 book series involving time-travel, 1700's Scotland and America in the throes of rebelling against England. Claire, an Army nurse after WW2, reuniting with Frank, her husband, accidently gets sucked into a stonehenge type formation and sends her back 200 hundred years to 1743, meets up with her husband's ancestor to find out he is a real piece of work, and gets rescued by a band of raiding scots. There she meets Jamie, wounded and tended to by Claire. The rest is history as they say. Politics, 1700 style, witches, jealousy, adventure, imprisonment, love, a voluntary-forced marriage, escapes, and more time-travelling makes for a series of books impossible to put down. Characters and relationships, historical accuracy all fabulously done by Gabaldon.