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Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable historical novel titles on Amazon with just one click.
  • Flashman is a 1969 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the first of the Flashman novels.
  • Antony and Cleopatra is the seventh and purposely last novel in Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series.
  • The Last Kingdom is the first historical novel in The Saxon Stories by Bernard Cornwell, published in 2004. This story introduces Uhtred Ragnarson, born a Saxon then kidnapped by raiding Danes who ...more
  • Caesar: Let the Dice Fly is the fifth historical novel in Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series.
  • Flight of Eagles is a novel by Jack Higgins, set in World War II.
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane is the first novel written by Katherine Howe, published by VOICE, an imprint of Hyperion. Physick Book debuted at #2 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction ...more
  • Flashman's Lady is a 1977 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the sixth of the Flashman novels.
  • Flashman and the Angel of the Lord is a 1994 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the tenth of the Flashman novels.
  • Flashman and the Dragon is a 1985 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the eighth of the Flashman novels.
  • Flashman and the Mountain of Light is a 1990 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the ninth of the Flashman novels.
  • Flashman and the Redskins is a 1982 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the seventh of the Flashman novels.
  • Flashman and the Tiger is a 1999 book by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the eleventh of the Flashman books.
  • Flashman at the Charge is a 1973 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the fourth of the Flashman novels. Playboy magazine serialised Flashman at the Charge in 1973 in their April, May and June ...more
  • Flashman in the Great Game is a 1975 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the fifth of the Flashman novels.
  • Flashman on the March is a 2005 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the twelfth and last Flashman novel.
  • Flash for Freedom! is a 1971 novel by George MacDonald Fraser. It is the third of the Flashman novels.
  • Seeing a Large Cat is the ninth novel in the Amelia Peabody historical mystery series by Elizabeth Peters. The story takes place during the season of 1903-1904.
  • Fire, Bed, and Bone is a historical novel for older children by Henrietta Branford, published by Walker in 1997. Branford won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, a once-in-a-lifetime book ...more
  • Fire from Heaven is a 1969 historical novel by Mary Renault about the childhood and youth of Alexander the Great. It reportedly was a major inspiration for the Oliver Stone film Alexander. The book ...more
  • Fire in the Steppe is a historical novel by the Polish author Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in 1888. It is the third volume in a series known to Poles as "The Trilogy", being preceded by With Fire ...more
  • Schindler's Ark is a Booker Prize-winning novel published in 1982 by Australian novelist Thomas Keneally, which was later adapted into the highly successful movie Schindler's List directed by Steven ...more
  • Scandal at High Chimneys: A Victorian Melodrama is a historical mystery novel by John Dickson Carr. It was published in the US and Canada by Harper & Row in August 1959. The story is set in London, ...more
  • Scaramouche is an historical novel by Rafael Sabatini, originally published in 1921. A romantic adventure, Scaramouche tells the story of a young lawyer during the French Revolution. In the course of ...more
  • Fearless, A Novel of Sarah Bowman is a 1998 novel of historical fiction by Lucia St. Clair Robson. The novel tells how Sarah Bowman arrived in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1845, to work as a laundress ...more