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Favourite Historical Novels

Deborah
 
Katherine
Katherine
"The love story of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt , and one of the first historical novels I ever read. Yes, Seton takes a few liberties with the historical facts, but wonderful for all that."
Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles)
Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles)
"As Lymond's story comes to a breathtaking conclusion, I was on the edge of my seat and couldn't read quickly enough. A superb conclusion to an excellent series."
Pawn in Frankincense (Lymond Chronicles)
Pawn in Frankincense (Lymond Chronicles)
"The race to find Lymond's son.  The dramatic climax to this book is almost unbearable and I still haven't been able to re-read it. Extraordinary and excellent."
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Penguin Classics)
"I know I'm not the only person by a million miles who can read and re-read this fairly slender book with so much pleasure."
These Old Shades
These Old Shades
"Possibly my favourite Georgette Heyer - her usual meticulous historical eye and ear for detail, with a terrific mystery plot and a terribly attractive anti-hero."
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)
"A whole stage of brilliantly-drawn characters - not just Becky Sharp!"
Persuasion (Penguin Classics)
Persuasion (Penguin Classics)
"Equal here with Emma and Sense and Sensibility - I just can't choose between them, but I do love the re-emergence of Anne Elliot after the years in which she has faded into the background."
Jamaica Inn
Jamaica Inn
"One of the first historical novels (along with Katherine) that I read, so largely here out of sentiment, but I do still love it and, come to think of it, it's far too long since I read it last!"
Venetia
Venetia
"Well, obviously this one's in the list because of Damerel - absolutely irresistable! But I like many of the other characters too."