Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Historical Fiction Novels

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic related to the past or the future and I'm looking at my favourite historical novels. I think I've done a list like this with just historical mysteries. This is not mysteries, just great books. Some of these are as much about the characters as the setting, but the setting is important too. I may have had trouble keeping my list to ten.

prehistoric Europe: The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel
First in the Anya series, life in prehistoric Europe

9th century Italy: Pope Joan by Donna Cross
Was there a female pope? I love the idea that women played a much bigger role in history than is recorded in history

12th century England: Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
What all is involved in building those cathedrals in England?

15th century France: The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
Could have been an all Chevalier list, but this one was done nicely, looking at how woven murals were made. Chevalier is more famous for The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

16th century England: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
One of many great Tudor era books. Henry VIII left such great material

18th century Canada: The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor by Sally Armstrong
Life in the wilds of New Brunswick was not easy for a female settler

19th century Canada: Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
Ever wonder how rough life would have been in Newfoundland for those early settlers? Rough.

19th century England: Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Victorian England is one of my favourite eras, and the plot in this one is more than the setting, but the setting makes it possible.

1930s Canada: Clara Callen by Richard B Wright
Love, love this book set in depression-era Ontario

1930-40s Germany: Stones from the River by Ursula Helgi
A well done world war 2 era book among many set in that time. This one takes the German perspective. An original Oprah book

1970s India: A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry
Such a great book and so well written, this one set in India is one of the best books I've read, if only because I couldn't stop thinking about it.