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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.

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1356 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
1356 Bernard Cornwell 1356 is a book written by Bernard Cornwell.

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1876 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
1876 Gore Vidal 1876 is the third historical novel in Gore Vidal's Narratives of Empire series. It was published in 1976 and details the events of a year described by Vidal himself as "probably the low ...more

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A Breath of Snow and Ashes is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Breath of Snow and Ashes Diana Gabaldon A Breath of Snow and Ashes is the sixth book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time travelling 20th-century nurse Claire Randall and her 18th-century Scottish ...more

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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 A Bride of the Plains is a historical novel written in 1915 by Baroness Orczy, the author of the famous The Scarlet Pimpernel series. It is dedicated to the memory of Lajos Kossuth, and in the ...more

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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 First published in 1932, A Child of the Revolution is a last book in the Scarlet Pimpernel series by Baroness 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 A Company of Swans is a historical romance novel published in 1985 by Eva Ibbotson. The book is dedicated to Patricia Veryan. Critically well received, the young adult novel is starting to be ...more

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A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Conspiracy of Paper: A Novel David Liss A Conspiracy of Paper is a historical-mystery novel by David Liss, set in London in the period leading up to the bursting of the South Sea Bubble in 1720.

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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 A Fine Balance is the second novel by Rohinton Mistry. Set in Bombay, India between 1975 and 1984 during the turmoil of The Emergency, a period of expanded government power and crackdowns on ...more

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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
A Gathering of Days: A New England Girl's Journal Joan Blos A Gathering of Days; A New England Girl's Journal, 1830-32 is a historical novel by Joan Blos that won the 1980 National Book Award for Children's Books and the 1980 Newbery Medal for excellence ...more

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A Gladiator Dies Only Once is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Gladiator Dies Only Once Steven Saylor A Gladiator Dies Only Once is a collection of short stories by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 2005. It is the eleventh book in his Roma Sub Rosa series ...more

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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 A Golden Age is the first novel of the Bangladesh born writer Tahmima Anam. It tells the story of the Bangladesh War of Independence through the eyes of one family. The novel was awarded the ...more

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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 A Grain of Wheat is a novel by Kenyan novelist Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, written while he studying at Leeds University and first published in 1967 by Heinemann. The title is taken from the Gospel ...more

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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
A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus Washington Irving A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus is a biographical account of Christopher Columbus, one of the first examples of American historical fiction and one of several attempts ...more

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A Journal of the Plague Year is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
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 Legend of Montrose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Legend of Montrose Walter Scott A Legend of Montrose is an historical novel by Sir Walter Scott, set in Scotland in the 1640s during the Civil War. It forms, along with The Bride of Lammermoor, the 3rd series of Scott's Tales ...more

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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 A Mist of Prophecies is a historical novel by American author Steven Saylor, first published by St. Martin's Press in 2002. It is the ninth book in his Roma Sub Rosa series of mystery stories ...more

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A Murder on the Appian Way is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Murder on the Appian Way Steven Saylor A Murder on the Appian Way is a book written by Steven Saylor.

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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 A Gathering Light is a book written by Jennifer Donnelly.

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A Passing Season is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Passing Season A Passing Season is a 2002 award-winning historical novel written by Filipino author Azucena Grajo Uranza. It won third prize during the 1998 Philippine Centennial Literary Awards, an event ...more

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A Place of Greater Safety is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Place of Greater Safety Hilary Mantel A Place of Greater Safety is a 1992 novel by Hilary Mantel. It concerns the events of the French Revolution, focusing on the lives of Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, and Maximilien ...more

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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 A Ride into Morning is a historical novel by Ann Rinaldi. It is part of the Great Episodes series. It is told in first-person narration.

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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 A Sea So Far is a historical young-adult novel by Jean Thesman. Its sequel is Rising Tide.

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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 A Sheaf of Bluebells is a novel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy Orczy about the feuds between Royalists and the followers of Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a novel by Baroness Orczy, which was first ...more

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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 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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A Single Shard is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Single Shard Linda Sue Park A Single Shard is a novel by Linda Sue Park, set in 12th-century Korea. It won the 2002 Newbery Medal, awarded for excellence in children's literature; it also received an honorable mention from ...more

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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 A Son of the People, a book by Baroness Orczy, is 'a romance of the plains', set in her native Hungary. Orczy used scenes from her own childhood when writing, describing the house in ...more

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A Spectacle of Corruption is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Spectacle of Corruption David Liss A Spectacle of Corruption is a historical-mystery novel by David Liss, set in 18th century London. It is the middle of three novels containing the memoir of the fictional Benjamin Weaver, a ...more

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A Spy of Napoleon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
A Spy of Napoleon A Spy of Napoleon is a 1934 historical novel by the British writer Baroness Emmuska Orczy. An illegitimate daughter of Louis Napoleon is taken on as an agent by Napoleon III, ruler of France, ...more

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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 Struggle for Rome is an historical novel written by 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 A Tale of Two Cities is a novel by Charles Dickens, set in London and Paris before and during the French Revolution. The novel depicts the plight of the French peasantry demoralised by the ...more

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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 A True Woman, was written by Baroness Orczy and was first published in 1911.

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Abba Abba is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Abba Abba Anthony Burgess Abba Abba was published in 1977. It is English writer Anthony Burgess's 22nd novel. The theme is the last months in the life of John Keats.

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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 Across Five Aprils is a novel by Irene Hunt, published in 1964 and winner of the 1965 Newbery Honor, set in the Civil War era. Hunt was close to her grandfather who told her stories from his ...more

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Adam Bede is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Adam Bede George Eliot Adam Bede, the first novel written by George Eliot, was published in 1859. It was published pseudonymously, even though Evans was a well-published and highly respected scholar of her time. The ...more

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Adam Loveday is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Adam Loveday Kate Tremayne Adam Loveday is a novel by Kate Tremayne, and is the first in the Loveday series of books.

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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 Adam of the Road is a novel by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Gray won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children's literature in 1943 from the book. Set in thirteenth-century England, the ...more

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Alaska is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Alaska James A. Michener Alaska is a historical novel by James A. Michener. Like other Michener titles, Alaska spans a considerable amount of time.

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Alfarrábios is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Alfarrábios José de Alencar Alfarrábios is a historical novel by the Brazilian writer José de Alencar, first published in 1873. It is composed of three minor narratives: "O Garatuja", "O

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Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenall... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee Thomas Brussig Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee is the third novel by author Thomas Brussig. The novel is set in East Berlin in the real-life street of Sonnenallee sometime in the late 70's or early 80's. ...more

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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
Amaya o los vascos en el siglo VIII Amaya o los vascos en el siglo VIII is a Romantic historical novel published in 1879 by Francisco Navarro-Villoslada, a noted novel by a Navarrese author. The story is placed during the invasion ...more

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An Acquaintance with Darkness is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Acquaintance with Darkness Ann Rinaldi An Acquaintance with Darkness is a historical fiction novel by Ann Rinaldi. It is part of the Great Episodes series. It is told in first-person narration.

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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 An Ancient Tale. Novel of Polish history - is a historical novel by popular 19th century Polish writer Józef Ignacy Kraszewski published by Gebethner i Wolff in 1876 in Warsaw, then part ...more

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An Artist of the Floating Worl... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Artist of the Floating World Kazuo Ishiguro An Artist of the Floating World is a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro. It is set in post-World War II Japan and is narrated by Masuji Ono, an ageing painter, who looks back on his life and how he has ...more

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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 An Echo in the Bone is the seventh book in the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Centered on time travelling 20th-century nurse Claire Randall and her 18th-century Scottish Highland ...more

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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 An Elephant for Aristotle, is a 1958 historical novel by L. Sprague de Camp. It was first published in hardback by Doubleday, and in paperback by Curtis in 1971. The first British edition was ...more

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An Experiment in Treason is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Experiment in Treason Bruce Cook An Experiment In Treason is the ninth historical mystery novel about Sir John Fielding by Bruce Alexander.

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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 An Infamous Army is a novel by Georgette Heyer. In this novel Heyer combines her penchant for meticulously researched historical novels with her more popular period romances. So in addition to ...more

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An Instance of the Fingerpost is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
An Instance of the Fingerpost Iain Pears An Instance of the Fingerpost is a 1997 historical mystery novel by Iain Pears.

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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 Ancestors of Avalon is a 2004 historical fantasy novel written by Diana L. Paxson, and based on an idea of the late Marion Zimmer Bradley. The book is one of 7 prequels to Bradley's popular ...more