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I like historical fiction but have really gotten into historical mysteries:


Authors I have enjoyed & the time periods and locals they cover.


China: Ancient -
VanGulik, Robert

Japan: Ancient -
Parker, I.J.
Woodward, Ann

17th C -
Rowland, Laura Joh

Fraser, George Macdonald Flashman series

England: Benson, Peter (Odo's Hanging)

Medieval period
Clare, Alys
Doherty, P.C.
Franklin, Ariana
Frazer, Margaret
Gellis, Roberta
Grace, C.L.
Harding, Paul
Jecks, Michael
Marston, Edward
Penman, Sharon Kay
Peters, Ellis
Pulver, Mary Monica
Robb, Candace
Royal, Priscilla
Sedley, Kate
Wolf, Joan

Elizabethan period -
Buckley, Fiona
Cook, Judith
Gooden, Philip
Harper, Karen
Peirce, J.F.

Edwardian period
Chesney, Marion (aka M.C. Beaton)
Paige, Robin

Georgian period -
Alexander, Bruce
Heller, Keith
March, Hannah

Victorian period -
Gray, John MacLachlam
Holland, David
Lovesey, Peter
Paige, Robin

Regency (Gaslight) period -
Gardner, Ashley
Torre, Lillian de la

18th C
Barron, Stephanie

mid 1800's to late 1800's -
Jakeman, Jane
Palmer, William J.

Scotland: Medieval
McIntosh, Pat

EGYPT: Ancient period -
Doherty, P.C.
Haney, Lauren
Robinson, Lynda

Jakeman, Jane

EUROPE: Medieval -
Gordon, Alan

France: Medieval period
Moore, Vivian
Newman, Sharan

Italy: Ancient Rome -
Nichols, Wallace
Roberts, John Maddox
Saylor, Steven
Wishart, David

Renaissance -
Eyre, Elizabeth

Greece -
Apostolou, Anna
James, Breni
Renault, Mary

Reed, Mary & Eric Mayer

Spain: Medieval -
Roe, Caroline

UNITED STATES: Early New England/ Colonial -
Begiebing, Robert J.
Burns, Ron
Lewis, Stephen
Rafferty, S.S.
Swee, Karen

19th Century (nautical)-
Druett, Joan

New York (early 1800's) -
Meyers, Maan (pseudonym for Annette & Martin Meyers)

New York (late 1800's) -
Crabbe, Richard E.

Boston (1870's) -
Ryan, P.B.

Civil War
Kilian, Michael

I LOVE historical fiction. Books I reccomend:

Philippa Gregory:
The Tudor series
1. The Other Boleyn Girl (2001)
2. The Queen's Fool (2003)
3. The Virgin's Lover (2004)
4. The Constant Princess (2005)
5. The Boleyn Inheritance (2006)
6. The Wise Woman (2006)
7. The Other Queen (2008)

The Cousins War:
1 The White Queen (2009) - a biographical novel about Elizabeth Woodville, the queen consort of King Edward IV of England and mother of the Princes in the Tower.
2 The Red Queen (2010) (Lady Margaret Beaufort and her quest to place her son Henry Tudor on the English throne)
And coming soon is The Lady of the Rivers (Autumn 2011) The Story of Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the mother of Elizabeth Woodville.

Robin Maxwell:
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn (1997)
The Queen's Bastard (1999)
Virgin (2001)
The Wild Irish (2003)
To the Tower Born (2005)
Mademoiselle Boleyn (2007)
Signora da Vinci.
O, Juliet

Signora Da Vinci is the first non-tudor book by Robin. Altho it does connect to her other books. This particular book is about Leonardo Da Vinci's mother and her uh "friendship" with Lorenzo De Medici. It also depicts Leonardo Da Vinci in his younger years. Madamoseille Boleyn depicts Da Vinci in his later years (and a friendship with Ann Boleyn) and mentions events in Signora Da Vinci.

Georgette Heyer:
The Conqueror

Jeanne Kalogridis:
The Devil's Queen, A story of Catherine De Medici
The Borgia Bride
I, Mona Lisa (called Painting Mona Lisa in the UK)
The Scarlet Contessa
Most of the historical fiction books I read are about my ancestors (IE Katherine by Anya Seton is about my ancestor Katherine Swynford De Roet). I recently purchased in the mail a book written by a distant cousin about my Dutch ancestors, the Waldron's and this is what Im currently reading! I love it cuz it reveals so much stuff I didn't know about them.

The book is called Manhattan - Seeds of the Big Apple by Gloria Waldron Hukle
It's about my 11 x g grandparents Resolved/Resolveert Waldron and Tanneka Nagel. Even cooler is that this book is the first in a series about the Waldron's.

The other books currently in the series is:
Diary of a Northern Moon
An American Tapestry


Conquest of a Continent: Nine Generations on the American Frontier

By Theodore M. Banta


This historical novel, based on actual historical figures, follows one family line that never left the frontiers of North America from 1659 to 1921. It tells a seamless epic story of the conquest of the continent's frontiers and the building of the United States of America.

all of these books look like they are calling my name to read them. My trouble of reading them of coarse on line is that if I find something relating to the family I want to copy it all. Wow! thats alot of Ink and  But honestly the history  side of Genealogy is all I truely like to read. The last book I skimmed was : 

Abstracts of Wills 1791-1850 of Rensellaer County, N.Y.



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