The very best historical novels

A Listmania! list by A. Perry "albert30"
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The Winter King
1.  The Winter King by Bernard Cornwell
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  "These books are his best so far. The entire trilogy is masterful with characters that do not match the normal Arthurian legends yet do not suffer as a result"
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Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
2.  Gates Of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
The list author says:
  "A thrilling read and take on the events leading up to and beyond the battle of Themopylea. cracking entertainment all round"
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The Light Bearer
3.  The Light Bearer by Donna Gillespie
The list author says:
  "Possibly one of the best historical novels I have ever read. Meticulously researched, bringing to life the era of the Roman Emperors, including two of the most evil they produced. Nero and Domitian."
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The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome)
4.  The Grass Crown (Masters of Rome) by Colleen McCullough Doctor of Neurophysiology
The list author says:
  "This entire series is excellant but this is my favorite focusing upon the beginning of the fall of the Roman Republic. Focusing upon Sulla and Marius and introducing Julius Caesar as a child."
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The Field of Swords (Emperor Series, Book 3)
5.  The Field of Swords (Emperor Series, Book 3) by Conn Iggulden
The list author says:
  "A quartet of books on the life of Julius Caser. Not nesesarily historicaly accurate yet entertaining all the same."
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Viking 2: Sworn Brother
6.  Viking 2: Sworn Brother by Tim Severin
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  "A thrilling voyage of discovery. Vikings do not get enough attention in the literacy world yet this series is an excellent adventure."
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The Song Of Troy
7.  The Song Of Troy by Colleen McCullough
The list author says:
  "A unique style of story telling for the most famous war in history. Allows us to follow the events by focusing each chapter from the perspective of a different character from the story."
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The War at Troy
8.  The War at Troy by Lindsay Clarke
The list author says:
  "Lindsay Clarkes best books yet. Another great take on the War at Troy. Thrilling and action packed from start to finish. Great take on this classical tale."
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Warlock
9.  Warlock by Wilbur Smith
The list author says:
  "There are not enough novels on Ancient Egypt but the 'Taita' tales are cracking adventures with a unique style of story telling on those times. Highly recomended."
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Gods & Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire
10.  Gods & Legions: A Novel of the Roman Empire by Michael Curtis Ford
The list author says:
  "Fords best story by far. A great tale on the life of the 'Apostate' Emperor Julian at the twighlight of the Roman Empire."
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Siege of Heaven
11.  Siege of Heaven by Tom Harper
The list author says:
  "A novel filled with suspense, intrigue, treachery and some cracking battles. A well researched entertaining read on the waste of life that resulted in the early Crusades."
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Alexander: Sands of Ammon
12.  Alexander: Sands of Ammon by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
The list author says:
  "Informative well researched take on the most 'successful' General in history. Breathes life into the other characters of the era including Parmenion, Darius, Ptolemy and Hephaistion."
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Dreaming The Hound (Boudica 3)
13.  Dreaming The Hound (Boudica 3) by M C Scott
The list author says:
  "An entertaining but overly mystical outlook on the life of Britains greatest warrioress. Would be brilliant if Scott left out much of the flowery and 'dreamer' aspect of the books."
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The Eagle and the Wolves (Roman Legion 4)
14.  The Eagle and the Wolves (Roman Legion 4) by Simon Scarrow
The list author says:
  "The best of a series that has begun to lose its way. This novel however is a battle driven book on the life in the frontlines of a Roman legion. What it lacks in story is made up for in action,"
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Sharpe's Rifles
15.  Sharpe's Rifles by Bernard Cornwell
The list author says:
  "Bernard Cornwells first 'Hero' and most successful. Cracking stories that began with the likes of 'Rifles' and 'Eagle'.  Although they should have stopped after the 'India' series."
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