Historical Novels

I need some help for a display idea. I want to feature historical novels set from the Classical era to the Medieval era. This is my working list:

  • The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
  • Baudolino by Umberto Eco
  • Roma by Steven Saylor
  • Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears
  • I, Claudius by Robert Graves
  • Augustus by John Williams
  • Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar
  • Julian by Gore Vidal
  • Persian Boy by Mary Renault
  • Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
  • Niccolo Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

I only need one book by each author—Steven Saylor, Mary Renault and others have each written many historical books I know. I

5 thoughts on “Historical Novels

  1. Yen Cheong

    What about:

    — Mary, Called Magdalene (or Helen of Troy) by Margaret George

    — The Thrall’s Tale by Judith Lindbergh

    — Imperium (or Pompeii) by Robert Harris


  2. Bill

    Quo Vadis by Sienkiewicz
    Pillars of the Earth by Follett (or the sequel, World Without End, which was published last year)


  3. Imani

    The Ides of March – Thornton Wilder
    The Egyptian – Mika Waltari
    Kristin Lavransdatter – Sigrid Undset
    The Last Light of the Sun – Guy Gavriel Kay


  4. Sean Concannon

    Well, the recently published “Gentlemen of the Road” by Michael Chabon is set circa ad 950. How about The Mists of Avalon? Also, just to measure your customers’ sense of humor, include “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”!


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