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

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1610: A Sundial in a Grave is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Historical Fiction Books
1610: A Sundial in a Grave Mary Gentle 1610: A Sundial in a Grave is a book by Mary Gentle.

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1632 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Historical Fiction Books
1632 Eric Flint 1632 is the initial novel in the best-selling alternate history 1632 book series written by historian, writer and editor Eric Flint. The flagship novel kicked off a collaborative writing effort ...more

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1635: The Cannon Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Historical Fiction Books
1635: The Cannon Law Eric Flint 1635: The Cannon Law is the sixth book and fifth novel published in the 1632 series by Eric Flint and Andrew Dennis. It is the second novel in the French-Italian plot thread, which began with ...more

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A bloody field by Shrewsbury is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Historical Fiction Books

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A Break with Charity is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Break with Charity Ann Rinaldi A Break with Charity: A Story about the Salem Witch Trials is a novel by Ann Rinaldi released in 1992, and is part of the Great Episodes series.

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A bride for Donnigan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A bride for Donnigan Janette Oke

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With Lee in Virginia is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Historical Fiction Books
With Lee in Virginia G. A. Henty With Lee in Virginia, A Story of the American Civil War is a book by British author G.A. Henty. It was published by Blackie and Son Ltd, London. Henty's character, Vincent Wingfield, fights for ...more

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A Cafe on the Nile is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Cafe on the Nile Bartle Bull

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A Cathedral Singer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Cathedral Singer James Lane Allen

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A Civil Contract is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Civil Contract Georgette Heyer A Civil Contract is a Regency romance novel by Georgette Heyer, first published in 1961. Set in 1814-1815, it is also a historical novel and follows the general pattern of storytelling of ...more

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Twentieth Century Girl: The Di... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Historical Fiction Books

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A Close Run Thing is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Close Run Thing Allan Mallinson

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A Contract with God is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Contract with God Will Eisner A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories is a 1978 graphic novel by American cartoonist Will Eisner. It is a short story cycle that revolves around poor Jewish characters who live in a ...more

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The Whale Road is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Historical Fiction Books
The Whale Road Robert Low The Whale Road is the first novel of the four-part Oathsworn series by Scottish writer of historical fiction, Robert Low, released on 1 August 2007 through Harper. The début novel was

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A Countess Below Stairs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Countess Below Stairs Eva Ibbotson A Countess Below Stairs by Eva Ibbotson is a historical romance novel which follows the story of Anna Grazinsky, a Russian countess after World War I. It was first published in 1981. It has also ...more

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A Dangerous Mourning is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Historical Fiction Books

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A Dark and Distant Shore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Dark and Distant Shore Reay Tannahill

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A Dark Night Hidden is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Dark Night Hidden Alys Clare

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A Dead Man in Deptford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Dead Man in Deptford Anthony Burgess A Dead Man in Deptford was written late in Anthony Burgess's life, and is the last of his novels to be published during his lifetime. It depicts the life and character of Christopher Marlowe, ...more

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A Drama in Mexico is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Drama in Mexico Jules Verne "A Drama in Mexico" is a historical short story by Jules Verne, first published in July 1851 under the title "The First Ships of the Mexican Navy". In a letter to his father ...more

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With Washington in the West or... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Historical Fiction Books
With Washington in the West or A Soldier Boy's Battles in the Wilderness Edward Stratemeyer With Washington in the West is a book published in 1901 that was written by Edward Stratemeyer.

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A Dream of Kings is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Dream of Kings Davis Grubb A Dream of Kings is a novel written by American author Davis Grubb. The novel describes the life of Tom Christopher during the American Civil War in Virginia.

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The Victory of the Vanquished ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Historical Fiction Books

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A Floating Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Floating Life Simon Elegant A Floating Life is a novel by Simon Elegant, a fictional autobiography of the famed Chinese poet Li Bai (Po Li) of the Tang Dynsty.

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A game of bones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A game of bones David Donachie

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A Northern Light is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Northern Light Jennifer Donnelly A Gathering Light is a book written by Jennifer Donnelly.

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A Gentle Feuding is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Gentle Feuding Johanna Lindsey

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A hanging matter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A hanging matter David Donachie

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A Hollow Crown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Hollow Crown Helen Hollick

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A Journal of the Plague Year is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Journal of the Plague Year Daniel Defoe A Journal of the Plague Year is a novel by Daniel Defoe, first published in March 1722. The novel is a fictionalised account of one man's experiences of the year 1665, in which the Great Plague ...more

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A Kentucky Cardinal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Kentucky Cardinal James Lane Allen A Kentucky Cardinal is American writer James Lane Allen's third novel. It was in 1894 as the first of the A Kentucky Cardinal series.

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A knight of the White Cross is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Historical Fiction Books

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A lady of expectations is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A lady of expectations Stephanie Laurens

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A Lady of Hidden Intent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Lady of Hidden Intent Tracie Peterson

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A Land Remembered is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Land Remembered Patrick D. Smith A Land Remembered is a best-selling novel written by author Patrick D. Smith, and published in 1984 by Pineapple Press. It is historical fiction set in pioneer Florida. The story covers over a ...more

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A Long Way from Chicago is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Long Way from Chicago Richard Peck A Long Way from Chicago is a "novel in stories" by Richard Peck. It was awarded the Newbery Honor in 1999. Peck's sequel to this book, A Year Down Yonder, won the Newbery Medal for ...more

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A Maggot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Maggot John Fowles A Maggot is a novel by British author John Fowles. It is Fowles' sixth major novel, following The Collector, The Magus, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Daniel Martin, and Mantissa. Its title, as ...more

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A Man for the Ages is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller

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A Place Called Freedom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Place Called Freedom Ken Follett A Place Called Freedom is a work of historical fiction by Ken Follett. Set in 1767, it follows the adventures of an idealistic young coal miner from Scotland who believes there must be more to ...more

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Whipping Post is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Historical Fiction Books
Whipping Post S. Barry Barnes

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A Point of Law is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Point of Law John Maddox Roberts A Point of Law is a 2006 novel by John Maddox Roberts. It is the tenth volume of Roberts's SPQR series, featuring Senator Decius Metellus.

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A princess in Berlin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A princess in Berlin Arthur R. G. Solmssen A Princess in Berlin is a 1980 historical novel by Arthur R.G. Solmssen.

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A Respectable Trade is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Respectable Trade Philippa Gregory

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A Scots Quair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Scots Quair Lewis Grassic Gibbon A Scots Quair is a trilogy by the Scottish writer Lewis Grassic Gibbon, describing the life of Chris Guthrie, a woman from the north east of Scotland during the early 20th century. It consists ...more

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A Scots Quair is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Scots Quair Lewis Grassic Gibbon

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A Ship of the Line is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Ship of the Line C. S. Forester A Ship of the Line is an historical seafaring novel by C. S. Forester. It follows his fictional hero Horatio Hornblower during his tour as captain of a ship of the line. By internal chronology, ...more

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The Well is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Historical Fiction Books
The Well Mildred D. Taylor The Well is a book written by Mildred Taylor.

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A Small Person Far Away is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Historical Fiction Books

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Under Two Flags is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Historical Fiction Books
Under Two Flags Ouida Under Two Flags was a best-selling novel of the late 1860s by Ouida. Perhaps "her best" novel.

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A Space Apart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Historical Fiction Books
A Space Apart Meredith Sue Willis