Five star fiction set in the past

A Listmania! list by Phillip Kay (Sydney)
 
Traveller
1.  Traveller by Richard Adams
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  "Lee's horse talks about the Civil War: only Adams could get away with this"
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Flaubert's Parrot (Picador Books)
2.  Flaubert's Parrot (Picador Books) by Julian Barnes
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  "Everything you need to know about Flaubert, parrots, language, reading..."
6.65   Used & New from: 0.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

Doctor Mirabilis
3.  Doctor Mirabilis by James Blish
The list author says:
  "Roger Bacon invents the scientific method: it must have been like this"
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Elephant for Aristotle
4.  Elephant for Aristotle by L.Sprague De Camp
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  "The lost story of Alexander the Great and Aristotle brilliantly re-invented"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Viceroy Of Ouidah (Vintage Classics)
5.  The Viceroy Of Ouidah (Vintage Classics) by Bruce Chatwin
The list author says:
  "Beautifully written story of the horrible trade in slaves and how it harmed this trader"
5.59   Used & New from: 0.01
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Neighbouring Lives
6.  Neighbouring Lives by Thomas M. Disch
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  "The Carlyles and their world made human, all too human"
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Flashman (The Flashman Papers)
7.  Flashman (The Flashman Papers) by George MacDonald Fraser
The list author says:
  "Don't stop at the first book: seriously funny 19th century history"
5.59   Used & New from: 0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

Gardner John : Wreckage of Agathon (Pbk)
8.  Gardner John : Wreckage of Agathon (Pbk) by John Gardner
The list author says:
  "Ancient Greece as seen by a great writer who was also a great historian"
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Red Shift
9.  Red Shift by Alan Garner
The list author says:
  "Experimental fiction for children. Adults can read it too if they're young enough"
4.79   Used & New from: 1.14
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Entered from the Sun: The Murder of Marlowe
10.  Entered from the Sun: The Murder of Marlowe by George P. Garrett
The list author says:
  "Powerfully written story about Christopher Marlowe doesn't pull any punches"
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3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Spire
11.  The Spire by William Golding
The list author says:
  "Birth of the individual from the medieval age of faith"
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Life as Carola
12.  Life as Carola by Joan Grant
The list author says:
  "Renaissance Italy so vividly realised it makes you believe in reincarnation"
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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I, Claudius (Penguin Classics)
13.  I, Claudius (Penguin Classics) by Robert Graves
The list author says:
  "Ancient Rome can indeed tell us a lot about our own times"
6.99   Used & New from: 1.83
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

The Dreamer of the Vine
14.  The Dreamer of the Vine by Liz Greene
The list author says:
  "The story of Nostradamus: an absorbing prophecy of the past"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Last Temptation
15.  Last Temptation by Nikos Kazantzakis
The list author says:
  "This book explodes our many myths to explore the human Jesus: test yourself"
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics)
16.  The Name Of The Rose (Vintage Classics) by Umberto Eco
The list author says:
  "The battle of rationalism and faith in the guise of a 14th century mystery story"
6.29   Used & New from: 0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ancient Evenings
17.  Ancient Evenings by Norman Mailer
The list author says:
  "Ancient Egypt in all its mystery and magic"
14.99   Used & New from: 0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

The Source
18.  The Source by James A. Michener
The list author says:
  "A town in Israel reveals the story of Judaism through the centuries"
9.68   Used & New from: 5.88
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

An Insular Possession
19.  An Insular Possession by Timothy Mo
The list author says:
  "The Opium Wars in all their gory"
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Behold The Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
20.  Behold The Man (S.F. MASTERWORKS) by Michael Moorcock
The list author says:
  "Does separating the life of Jesus from the myth tell us more about ourselves than we want to know?"
5.59   Used & New from: 0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

The Last Of The Wine
21.  The Last Of The Wine by Mary Renault
The list author says:
  "As alive as ancient times can get: recommended for those who find history boring"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Flowers of Adonis
22.  Flowers of Adonis by Rosemary Sutcliff
The list author says:
  "About Alcibiades: powerful, almost overwhelming writing"
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Creation
23.  Creation by Gore Vidal
The list author says:
  "Fifth century BC, when you could meet Zoroastra, Buddha, Confucius, Socrates and Pythagoras"
12.79   Used & New from: 0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

The Once and Future King
24.  The Once and Future King by T. H. White
The list author says:
  "Everything about King Arthur and one of the most beautifully written of books"
6.99   Used & New from: 0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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