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Lsujacket66
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Historical fiction recommendations
So I’m not much of a fiction reader, but trying to expand my reading.

I recently read the kite runner and absolutely loved it, so was hoping to read some similar historical fiction books


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
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Brigadier-General Sir Harry Paget Flashman VC KCB KCIE is a fictional character created by George MacDonald Fraser, but based on the character "Flashman" in Tom Brown's Schooldays (1857), a semi-autobiographical work by Thomas Hughes.

In Hughes' book, Flashman is the notorious bully of Rugby School who persecutes Tom Brown, and who is finally expelled for drunkenness. Twentieth century author George MacDonald Fraser had the idea of writing Flashman's memoirs, in which the school bully would be identified with an "illustrious Victorian soldier": experiencing many 19th century wars and adventures and rising to high rank in British army, acclaimed as a great soldier, while remaining by his unapologetic self-description "a scoundrel, a liar, a cheat, a thief, a coward—and oh yes, a toady." Fraser's Flashman is an antihero who runs from danger or hides cowering in fear, betrays or abandons acquaintances at at the slightest incentive, bullies and beats servants with gusto, beds every available woman, carries off any loot he can grab, gambles and boozes enthusiastically, and yet, through a combination of luck and cunning, ends each volume acclaimed as a hero.
The books are like James Bond set in the 19th century -- and hilarious to boot. Flashman experiences (always against his will) The Charge Of The Light Brigade (which he somehow ends up leading!), The Sepoy Mutiny, the Taiping Rebellion, Little Big Horn and other great moments of history, all the while getting mixed up with Queen Victoria, Bismarck, Wild Bill Hickok, Lola Montez, Lincoln, The Empress of China, Oscar Wilde, John Brown the abolitionist and other such immortal personages.

My favorite book in the series is the third, Flash For Freedom (which takes place in pre-Civil War NO and Mississippi), but I'd start out with the first, Flashman. After that you can really read them in any order. There are 12 books in the series; I reread them every 4 or 5 years.


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
You can accidentally learn a lot of history from the Flashman series.
Thomas B Costain also has several works of historical fiction that are quite good.


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
If your interested in medieval history I highly recommend Sharon K. Penman. Start with "When Christ and His Saints Slept". This novel chronicles the 12th century battle for the crown between Stephen and Maude. You won't be disappointed.


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biglego
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Bernard Cornwell’s books


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
The Bernie Gunther series by Phillip Kerr is fantastic.


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield. It is a fictional retelling of the battle of Thermopylae.

Really, all of Pressfield's historical fiction books are good.

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. Based on the Battle of Gettysburg.


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
City of Thieves, by David Benioff.

I rarely read fiction and thoroughly enjoyed this one


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
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City of Thieves, by David Benioff.

I rarely read fiction and thoroughly enjoyed this one



Was thinking about this... but haven’t decided if I’ve forgiven him for what he did to GOT yet lol


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Great quick read


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Was thinking about this... but haven’t decided if I’ve forgiven him for what he did to GOT yet lol

Funny you say that. I read it before I watched GOT, so I was pumped that he was involved with the show.
I'm still disappointed in him


TheGooner
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Lots of great suggestions in the thread already. I’ll second the following.

Flashman series - my personal favorite fictional character ever.

The Bernie Gunther Series. - very good, particularly the first 3 novels.

Almost anything by Bernard Cornwell

For a new recommendation I’ll add the Kingsbridge novels by Ken Follett. The first novel is The Pillars of the Earth.



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beachdude
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Ditto regarding George MacDonald Frazier and Bernard Cornwell. I would add Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey/Maturin series (Master and Commander, Post Captain, HMS Surprise, Far Side of the World, etc).
This post was edited on 11/16 at 8:19 pm


Rocco Lampone
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
See my thread below on A Land Remembered.


tccdc
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Another vote for Penman...Time and Chance, Here be Dragons, etc...great series


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HECM62
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
These taught me enough about the time period to do additional research and go down quite a few rabbit holes


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
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Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield


Seconded. And, similar to this in tone and quality is Michael Curtis Ford's The Ten Thousand. It is a fictionalized version of the Anabasis.

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The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara


This is my gold standard for the topic. One of the best books about war of all time.


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Michael Curtis Ford's The Ten Thousand. It is a fictionalized version of the Anabasis.
I prefer Ana de Armas, if we're putting this on an Anabasis.



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rebelrouser
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re: Historical fiction recommendations
Flashman is the best.


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re: Historical fiction recommendations
I'm not huge in to historical fiction and haven't read a ton of it but I love James Clavell's Asian Saga.


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