Historical Fictions Recommended By Bibliophiles

Author : Sherry Helms

If anyone is interested to learn about history in an enjoyable way, historical fiction novel may be just a right choice.  It is true that a deftly written historical novel along with humor herein is sure to be a big hit with historical fiction fans. Yesterday, we asked our readers to nominate their favorite historical fiction novel through a question we posted on our Facebook Page Wall and we got about some really good titles. Have a look:


The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

This is really a great historical masterpiece by Ken Follett set in medieval England. This mammoth novel tells the story of a pious and resourceful monk- Father Philip, determined to construct the greatest Gothic Cathedral the earth has known, allied with architect Tom. It is really a spellbinding epic tale that depicts the life and times of the set against the sprawling medieval canvas of 21th century England in a very genuine way, nothing is romanticised. This historical novel was nominated into the top 100 of Britain’s best-loved books in the BBC’s the Big Read.


11/22/63 A Novel by Stephen King

The master of Pen Stephen King has written such an extraordinary novel that is built around a well-used SF trope, the portal to the past that Jake Epping- a high school English teacher- is shown in the back of an aluminum diner is only the launch mechanism for this fantastic journey. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a horrible and enchanting piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

Heresy by S.J. Parris

Set in 1583 against a background of religious-political intrigue and barbaric judicial retaliations, Parris’s gripping historical debut novel centers on fugitive Italian monk Giordano Bruno who arrives in London by the inquisition of his belief in a Copernican theory of infinite universe. Assisted by the charismatic soldier and English Courtier, Sir Philip Sidney, the determined Bruno runs away to more tolerant Protestant England, Where Queen Elizabeth I and her spymaster provides added protection. But when his undercover mission is dramatically thrown off course by a series of gruesome homicide and the charms of a strange but gorgeous young lady, he realizes that somewhere within Oxford’s private chambers lurks a cruel murderer.


The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl. In this one, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.  This is a truly exciting and spellbinding story of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most influential magnate in 15th century England. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games. And they grow up to be influential players in their own right. This piece of historical fiction by Philippa Gregory is written beautifully, and the characters are so well structured, it feels like you are watching a film as you read it. Moreover, the family relationships, issues, court intrigue, politics and fallacy weaved in magically is the perfect mixture for this novel.

We wish to intensify this list, so readers, please do share and comment your favorite historical fiction in the comment section below. Also, if you are among those who are in need of these types of books, you can have copies of them from Printsasia.com.  

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