Here are just a few of our favorite and most popular historical fiction novels at the library.
Madame Tussaud: A Novel of the French Revolution by Michelle Moran
This novel about Marie Tussaud set during the French Revolution comes*highly* recommended by one of our patrons, who said that this novel should be required reading for high school students studying that era of French history.
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
A must-read for those interested in the Civil War, whether your primary interest is military history, period detail, or the people involved. This piece of historical fiction has something for everyone.
Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian
O’Brian’s books have great characters, adventure, and lots of period detail (early 19th century). If you like Regency novels, nautical fiction, naval adventure, or Jane Austen novels, you should definitely try this!
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
An epic tale of the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction, this classic is worth reading if you haven’t already, and worth a re-read if you have! Sweeping in scope, fantastic characters, evocative of place, and well researched, this is an incredibly rich historical novel.
The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
If you are interested in Tudor England and Henry VIII, tales of intrigue, or if you enjoy Romance fiction and would like to dip into historical fiction, try Philippa Gregory’s books. The Other Boleyn Girl is about Mary Boleyn, sister of the infamous Anne.
Sharpe’s Tiger by Bernard Cornwell
Military history fans should try Cornwell’s work, which always includes lots of gritty period detail, strong and honorable characters, and some brilliantly rendered battle scenes. Having done meticulous research, he evokes any era beautifully, from Arthurian England to Revolutionary America. Not to be missed!