Summer Historical Fiction Reads

If you’re looking for good historical fiction to read check out the following:

Ken Follett’s The Pillars of the Earth:  This novel takes place during the twelfth- century in England.  Philip has decided to build the greatest Gothic cathedral in the world, but the story soon turns dark when the church must go up against the state and brothers soon find themselves against each other.  This novel is just filled with historical detail, and you can’t help but get caught up in this medieval world.  If you enjoy this book, check out his sequel World Without End.

Philippa Gregory’s The Constant Princess:  This novel takes place at the start of Henry the VIII’s reign.  Katherine of Aragon swears that her marriage to Henry’s brother wasn’t valid, but will that be enough to ensure she becomes the Queen of England?  Filled with a wonderful, but heartbreaking love story, and of course courtiers plotting against each other and their monarch.  If you like this novel, check out Gregory’s newest series The Cousins’ War which looks at the beginning of the Tudor reign and the War of the Roses.  The first book in the series is The White Queen.

Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander:  This is the first book in the series and takes place in Scotland in both the mid twentieth-century and the mid eighteenth-century.  Claire travels back to 1743 Scotland and is thrown into the world of intrigues and spies.  Not only does she have to adjust to a new social/political life, but she finds herself falling for a warrior even though she is married back in 1945.  This book was wonderful.  It is full of details and emotions that will make you want to quickly continue on in the series.  Gabaldon has a new addition to the series that will come out mid September called The Exile.  This time she has created a graphic novel from the perspective of Jamie, it should be fun.

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