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Best Historical Fiction That Will Transport You!

Jana L. Perskie "ceruleana"
 
Roselynde (The Roselynde chronicles)
Roselynde (The Roselynde chronicles)
"An epic medieval historical novel of England's King Richard, his Crusade, and an extraordinary romance. Compelling & meticuliously detailed. Superbly written!"
Alinor (The Roselynde Chronicles)
Alinor (The Roselynde Chronicles)
"This is Book 2 of the Roselynde Chronicles. Ms. Gellis is at her best here with medieval pageantry in all its glory; tourneys, wars, and a continuation of Lady Alinor's and Simon's Roselynde saga."
Here be Dragons
Here be Dragons
"Prince Llewelyn, (13th Century Wales), marries Joanna, daughter of England's King John - fireworks instead of peace! Interesting historical take on King John. Wonderful love story."
Falls the Shadow
Falls the Shadow
"2nd book in Penman's Welsh Trilogy is a "shared history of Llewelyn ap Gruffydd & Simon de Montfort." Intelligent historical fiction that paints a vivid picture of 13th Century Wales & England."
The Reckoning
The Reckoning
"This last book in Penman's Welsh Trilogy focuses on England's Edward I's cruel takeover of Wales. Historically accurate; a beautifully told but sad story."
Through a Dark Mist
Through a Dark Mist
"First of trilogy about 13th century England under King John, that brings to life the legend of Robin Hood in the person of "The Black Wolf." Great romance!"
In the Shadow of Midnight
In the Shadow of Midnight
"Lady Ariel de Clare, fleeing a betrothal arranged by King John, seeks refuge in Wales. Multifaceted plot, terrific characters."
The Last Arrow
The Last Arrow
"3rd book in trilogy - a love story intertwined with the history of the Magna Carta, the fight to protect the legitimate heir to England's throne, & an alternate version of the Robin Hood story."
Lady of Hay
Lady of Hay
"A 20th century journalist goes under hypnosis for a story she's writing & regresses to a former life as a 12th century Welsh woman. A really good book!"
Katherine (Coronet Books)
Katherine (Coronet Books)
"One of my all-time favorite books! This is the story of John of Gaunt & his longtime mistress & love, Katherine. Herein lie the seeds of The War of Roses & a new royal lineage."
The Sunne in Splendour
The Sunne in Splendour
"Amazing story of England's Edward IV and his brother Richard III. Ms. Penman portrays Richard as a tragic hero, rather than Shakespeare's hunchbacked, evil villain. Great read!!"
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bridal Wreath, the Mistress of Husaby, the Cross
Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bridal Wreath, the Mistress of Husaby, the Cross
"Nobel Prize-winning trilogy. Set in medieval Norway, this is Kristen Lavransdatter's story of forbidden love & a chronicle of her extraordinary life & ultimate redemption. Outstanding!"
The Dragon and the Rose
The Dragon and the Rose
"Henry Tudor, England's Henry VII, marries Elizabeth of York, (Edward IV's daughter), after Richard III's death, thus ending the War of the Roses."
The Autobiography Of Henry VIII
The Autobiography Of Henry VIII
"Absolutely fabulous!! All the facts are here. Great character study of Henry, his numerous wives & romances, his politics & reign - plus excellent writing & an unputdownable read!"
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn: A Novel
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn: A Novel
"Anne Boleyn keeps a secret diary that is delivered to her daughter Elizabeth I upon her succession to the throne. Anne gives Elizabeth great advice - "stay single!" :)"
Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles
Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles
"Wonderful research and accurate history of beautiful Queen Mary's short, fascinating & tragic life."
Outlander (US ed, Cross Stitch)
Outlander (US ed, Cross Stitch)
"If you haven't read this book - the time is NOW! I have never met anyone, male or female, who has not loved it!  Travel through time to Scotland, just before the Battle of Culloden."
Dragonfly In Amber: (Outlander 2)
Dragonfly In Amber: (Outlander 2)
"Superb sequel to "Outlander"- continues the saga of time-traveling Dr. Clare Beauchamp. She returns to the 18th century to be with her beloved Scottish husband, James. It doesn't get better than this!"
Voyager: (Outlander 3)
Voyager: (Outlander 3)
"The 3rd book in Diana Gabaldon's fabulous series. Claire has falsely believed Jamie dead at Culloden for 20 years, - can she travel thru time again to find him?"
Through a Glass Darkly
Through a Glass Darkly
"Set in England & Paris, 1721 - a beautiful young noblewoman marries an older, charismatic man for love. Excellent period piece with a few twists. Extraordinary character studies."
Tipping The Velvet (Virago V)
Tipping The Velvet (Virago V)
"Bold, bawdy, beautiful novel of Victorian London. Outrageously wonderful!"
Possession: A Romance
Possession: A Romance
"A literary mystery cum romance - 2 English couples, one in the 20th century, the other in the 19th...& all that connects them. Beautifully written. A joy to read!"
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
"Well, we had to leave historical Europe sometime.This Old Testament tale - the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob & Leah - is a good place to depart to - told through a woman's/feminist's eyes & heart."
The Memoirs of Cleopatra
The Memoirs of Cleopatra
"I saw Elizabeth Taylor's & Richard Burton's version & did not feel the need for more Cleopatra. I am so glad I made the effort. A great book & there's MUCH here that didn't make it into the movie!!"
Gone with the Wind
Gone with the Wind
"I couldn't leave out "Gone With The Wind!"  Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Civil War, the novel is so much more than the love story between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler."