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List of famous historical novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular historical novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best historical novel novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

This list has everything from A Tale of Two Cities to The Scarlet Letter.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best historical novel books?" and "What are the most famous historical novel books?"

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1356 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
1356 Bernard Cornwell

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1876 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
1876 Gore Vidal

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Bride of the Plains is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Bride of the Plains Baroness Emma Orczy

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A Child of the Revolution is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Child of the Revolution Baroness Emma Orczy

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A Company of Swans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Company of Swans Eva Ibbotson

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A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Dream of Eagles is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Fine Balance is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Fine Balance Rohinton Mistry

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A Gathering of Days: A New Eng... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Gladiator Dies Only Once is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Golden Age Tahmima Anam

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A Grain of Wheat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Grain of Wheat Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

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A History of the Life and Voya... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Journal of the Plague Year is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Legend of Montrose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Legend of Montrose Walter Scott

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A mist of prophecies is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A mist of prophecies Steven Saylor

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A Murder on the Appian Way is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Northern Light is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Northern Light Jennifer Donnelly

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A Passing Season is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Place of Greater Safety is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Ride into Morning is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Ride into Morning Ann Rinaldi

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A Sea So Far is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Sea So Far Jean Thesman

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A Sheaf of Bluebells is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Sheaf of Bluebells Baroness Emma Orczy

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A Ship of the Line is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Ship of the Line C. S. Forester

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A Single Shard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Single Shard Linda Sue Park

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A Son of the People is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Son of the People Baroness Emma Orczy

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A Spectacle of Corruption is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Spy of Napoleon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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A Struggle for Rome is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Struggle for Rome Felix Dahn

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A Tale of Two Cities is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens

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A True Woman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A True Woman Baroness Emma Orczy

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Abba Abba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Abba Abba Anthony Burgess

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Across Five Aprils is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt

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Adam Bede is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Adam Bede George Eliot

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Adam Loveday is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Adam Loveday Kate Tremayne

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Adam of the Road is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Adam of the Road Elizabeth Gray Vining

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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Alaska James A. Michener

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Alfarrábios is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Alfarrábios José de Alencar

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Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenall... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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Amaya o los vascos en el siglo... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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An Acquaintance with Darkness is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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An Ancient Tale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Ancient Tale Józef Ignacy Kraszewski

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An Artist of the Floating Worl... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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An Echo in the Bone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Echo in the Bone Diana Gabaldon

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An Elephant for Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Elephant for Aristotle L. Sprague de Camp

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An Experiment in Treason is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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An Infamous Army is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Infamous Army Georgette Heyer

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An Instance of the Fingerpost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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Ancestors of Avalon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Ancestors of Avalon Marion Zimmer Bradley, Diana L. Paxson