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PostSubject: Historical Fiction   Thu Jan 06, 2011 2:13 am

I'm in desperate need of a suggestion. My AP European History teacher assigned us a book report on a historical fiction novel of our choosing. Stipulations: it has to be about European history and during the Reformation, Renaissance, or earlier.

I don't read much historical fiction, so I'm having some trouble finding a decent book. All I find seem to be about 600 pages and dripping with romance. No, thank you.

Suggestions, please? Again, hopefully short (less than 300 pages), not focused on romance, and set in Europe during the Reformation or earlier. It's a tall order, but I hope someone can help me out.
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Fiction   Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:20 pm

That is a tall order indeed. My main problem is that most historical fiction I know is
a) focused on years 1500 and later
b) hopelessly inaccurate (which disqualifies it immediately)
c) not entirely historical but the parallel stories of two lives, one in the past, one in the present.
d) way too long to fit your hopes.

Oh, wow. Now that I think about it, that disqualifies every single historical novel I've ever read. Not that I've read many of them, maybe fifteen or so.

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PostSubject: Re: Historical Fiction   Sun Jan 09, 2011 11:01 am

Pretty much anything by Sir Walter Scott should do then. Almost all his novels (at least the ones I've heard of) are historical fiction set in medieval Europe. (Rob Roy, Ivanhoe, The Talisman)

There's also Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Never read any of these myself but I plan to... someday.

I don't know of any good historical novels set in the Reformation/Renaissance era though.
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PostSubject: Re: Historical Fiction   Thu Jan 13, 2011 3:34 am

Hi Tourtelle,

I can't recommend anything personally, but I stumbled across THIS
thread awhile back, with several recommendations and side-bars. I hope you'll find some of them helpful.

Good luck!
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