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Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels

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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
Bernard Cornwell

First Published: 2012-09-27

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Gore Vidal

First Published: 1976

Subjects: United States of America, History

Genres (Book): Novel, Historical novel, History

Original Language: English Language

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 Ash... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Diana Gabaldon

First Published: 2005-09-27

Subjects: Time travel, American Revolution

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Speculative fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Baroness Emma Orczy

First Published: 1915

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 Revolutio... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Baroness Emma Orczy

First Published: 1932

Genres (Book): Historical novel, Adventure fiction

Original Language: English Language

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
Eva Ibbotson

First Published: 1985-06-27

Genres (Book): Romance novel, Young adult literature, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
David Liss

First Published: 2000-02-01

Subjects: Conspiracy, Greed

Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Rohinton Mistry

First Published: 1995

Subjects: Literary, The Emergency, India, 20th century

Genres (Book): Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 N... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Joan Blos

First Published: 1979

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 On... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Steven Saylor

Subjects: Rome, History

Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Tahmima Anam

First Published: 2007-03

Subjects: Bangladesh Liberation War, Heroes and Heroism

Genres (Book): War novel, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o

First Published: 1967

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 an... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Washington Irving

First Published: 1828

Subjects: Technology, Holiday, Italy, Adventure, Spain, + more

Genres (Book): Biography, Travel, Fiction, Autobiography, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Daniel Defoe

First Published: 1722

Subjects: Literary, Europe, Literature, Plague, World, + more

Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Walter Scott

First Published: 1819

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language, Scots Language

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
Steven Saylor

Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 W... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Steven Saylor

First Published: 1996

Genres (Book): Suspense, Mystery, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Jennifer Donnelly

First Published: 2003-04-01

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Young adult literature, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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

First Published: 2002

Genres (Book): Fiction, Historical novel

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 Safet... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Historical Novel Books and Novels
Hilary Mantel

First Published: 2006-12

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Ann Rinaldi

First Published: 1991

Subjects: United States of America, History

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Jean Thesman

First Published: 2001-10-01

Genres (Book): Young adult literature, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Baroness Emma Orczy

First Published: 1917

Genres (Book): Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
C. S. Forester

First Published: 1938

Subjects: Entertainment, Adventure

Genres (Book): Historical fiction, Fiction, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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