Books: Index by Historical Period

Index by Historical Period

This page arranges the books I’ve read chronologically by historical period. I thought this might be a way of helping people stumble across new fact or fiction books about their favourite eras. Fantasy novels which are based in a very specific historical setting (e.g. River of Stars or Swordspoint) have also been listed in those sections. General fantasy and speculative fiction has its own section at the end.

Prehistory · Ancient Greece & Persia · The Roman Empire

Early Medieval (4C-10C) · Medieval (11C-14C) · 15th Century · 16th Century

17th Century · 18th Century · 19th Century · 20th Century

Contemporary · Fantasy & Speculative

 

PREHISTORY

Golding, William, The Inheritors
Auel, Jean M. – The Clan of the Cave Bear (Earth’s Children I)
Auel, Jean M. – The Valley of Horses (Earth’s Children II)
Auel, Jean M. – The Mammoth Hunters (Earth’s Children III)

 

ANCIENT GREECE AND PERSIA

Renault, Mary – The King Must Die
Renault, Mary – The Bull From the Sea
Miller, Madeline – The Song of Achilles
George, Margaret – Helen of Troy
Tóibín, Colm – House of Names
Rush, ChristopherPenelope’s Web
Brooks, Geraldine – The Secret Chord
Graves, Robert – Homer’s Daughter
Holt, Tom – Olympiad
Leach, Tim – The Last King of Lydia
Leach, Tim – The King and the Slave
Waltari, Mika – The Etruscan
James, Andrew – Blood of Kings
Stoneman, Richard – Xerxes: A Persian Life
Lofts, Norah – Esther
Hunt, Angela – Esther: Royal Beauty (Dangerous Beauty I)
Cameron, Christian – The Long War series
Pressfield, Steven – Gates of Fire
Manfredi, Valerio Massimo – Tyrant
Lyon, Annabel – The Golden Mean

 

THE ROMAN EMPIRE

Golding, William – The Double Tongue
Lofts, Norah – How Far to Bethlehem?
King, Crystal – Feast of Sorrow
Kane, Ben – Eagles at War (Eagles Trilogy I)
Kane, Ben – Hunting the Eagles (Eagles Trilogy II)
Kane, Ben – Eagles in the Storm (Eagles Trilogy III)
Tóibín, Colm – The Testament of Mary
Alderman, Naomi – The Liars’ Gospel
Patton, Mark – An Accidental King
George, Margaret – The Confessions of Young Nero
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle (Boudica I)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Bull (Boudica II)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Hound (Boudica III)
Scott, Manda – Boudica: Dreaming the Serpent Spear (Boudica IV)
Scott, Manda – Rome: The Emperor’s Spy (Rome I)
Harris, Robert – Pompeii
Goldsworthy, Adrian – Vindolanda
Davis, Lindsey – Master and God
Domin, Heather – Soldier of Raetia (Valerian’s Legion I)
Yourcenar, Marguerite – Memoirs of Hadrian
McDonald, Melanie – Eromenos: A Novel of Antinous and Hadrian
Bradshaw, Gillian – Island of Ghosts
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Sword at Sunset
Bradshaw, Gillian – The Beacon at Alexandria

 

EARLY MEDIEVAL (4TH-10TH CENTURIES)

Bridge, Antony – Theodora
Duffy, Stella – Theodora: Actress. Empress. Whore
Duffy, Stella – The Purple Shroud
Cawthorne, Nigel – Daughter of Heaven
Adams, Max – The King in the North: The Life and Times of Oswald of Northumbria
Albert, Edoardo – Edwin: High King of Britain (Northumbrian Thrones I)
Albert, Edoardo – Oswald: Return of the King (Northumbrian Thrones II)
Albert, Edoardo – Oswiu: King of Kings (Northumbrian Thrones III)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories I)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories II)
Cornwell, Bernard – The Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories III)
Kay, Guy Gavriel – The Last Light of the Sun
Oliver, Neil – Vikings: A History
Brown, Nancy Marie – The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman
Elphinstone, Margaret – The Sea Road
Holt, Tom – Meadowland
Griffith, Nicola – Hild
Hartsuyker, Linnea – The Half-Drowned King
Cross, Donna Woolfolk – Pope Joan
Sutcliff, Rosemary – Blood Feud
Kay, Guy Gavriel – River of Stars
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Under Heaven
Kay, Guy Gavriel  – The Lions of Al-Rassan

 

MEDIEVAL (11TH-14TH CENTURIES)

Holland, Tom – Millennium: The End of the World and the Forging of Christendom
Dunnett, Dorothy – King Hereafter
Aitcheson, James – The Harrowing
Senior, Antonia – The Winter Isles
Penman, Sharon – Lionheart
Donald, Angus – Outlaw (Outlaw Chronicles I)
Roberson, Jennifer – Lady of the Forest
Bland, Christopher – Cathar
Tarr, Judith – A Wind in Cairo
Warner, Sylvia Townsend – The Corner That Held Them
Eco, Umberto – Baudolino
Falcones, Ildefonso – Cathedral of the Sea
McCaughrean, Geraldine – A Little Lower Than The Angels
Thorpe, Adam – Hodd
Ahdieh, Renée – Flame in the Mist
Kay, Guy Gavriel – A Song for Arbonne
Undset, Sigrid – Kristin Lavransdatter
Sykes, S.D. – City of Masks (Somershill Manor Mysteries III)
Druon, Maurice – The Iron King (The Accursed Kings I)

 

15TH CENTURY

Proud, Linda – A Gift for the Magus
Greenblatt, Stephen – The Swerve: How the Renaissance Began
Christie, Alix – Gutenberg’s Apprentice
Dunnett, Dorothy – Niccolò Rising (House of Niccolò I)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Spring of the Ram (House of Niccolò II)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Race of Scorpions (House of Niccolò III)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Scales of Gold (House of Niccolò IV)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Unicorn Hunt (House of Niccolò V)
Dunnett, Dorothy – To Lie with Lions (House of Niccolò VI)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Caprice and Rondo (House of Niccolò VII)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Gemini (House of Niccolò VIII)
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Children of Earth and Sky
White, Kiersten – And I Darken (Conqueror’s Trilogy I)
Clements, Toby – Winter Pilgrims (Kingmaker I)
Clements, Toby – Broken Faith (Kingmaker II)
Walsh, Jill Paton – Knowledge of Angels
Turner, Lucille – Gioconda
Proud, Linda – The Botticelli Trilogy
Corona, Laurel – The Mapmaker’s Daughter
Yarbro, Chelsea Quinn – Ariosto
Ali, Tariq – Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree (The Islam Quintet I)
Lindsay, Philip – A Princely Knave
Dunant, Sarah – Blood and Beauty
Shellabarger, Samuel – Prince of Foxes

 

16TH CENTURY

Ennis, Michael – The Malice of Fortune
Dunant, Sarah – In the Name of the Family
Holland, Cecelia – City of God
Howard, Kate – The Ornatrix
Banville, John – Dr Copernicus
Norwich, John Julius – Four Princes
Snyder, Midori – The Innamorati
Lofts, Norah – The King’s Pleasure
Mantel, Hilary – Bring up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell II)
Kennedy, Sarah – The Altarpiece
Guy, John – Thomas More: A very brief history
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Game of Kings (Lymond Chronicles I)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Queens’ Play (Lymond Chronicles II)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Disorderly Knights (Lymond Chronicles III)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Pawn in Frankincense (Lymond Chronicles IV)
Dunnett, Dorothy – The Ringed Castle (Lymond Chronicles V)
Dunnett, Dorothy – Checkmate (Lymond Chronicles VI)
Macpherson, Marie – The First Blast of the Trumpet (John Knox I)
Sabatini, Rafael – The Sea Hawk
Hill, David Wesley – At Drake’s Command
Amirrezvani, Anita – Equal of the Sun
Garrett, George – Death of the Fox
Barber, Ros – The Marlowe Papers
Burgess, Anthony – A Dead Man in Deptford
DeMaria, Robert – To Be A King
Merle, Robert – The Brethren (Fortunes of France I)

 

17TH CENTURY

Fremantle, Elizabeth – The Girl in the Glass Tower
Hickman, Katie – The House at Bishopsgate (Pindar Trilogy III)
Healey, John J. – The Samurai of Seville
Dumas, Alexandre – The Red Sphinx
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo – Captain Alatriste (Captain Alatriste I)
Pérez-Reverte, Arturo – Purity of Blood (Captain Alatriste II)
Gregory, Philippa – Earthly Joys
Addyman, Ishbel – Cyrano
Elegant, Robert – Manchu (Imperial China Trilogy I)
van der Vlugt, Simone – Midnight Blue
Moggach, Deborah – Tulip Fever
Burton, Jessie – The Miniaturist
Jégo, Yves and Lépée, Denis – The Sun King Rises
Golon, Sergeanne – Angélique (Angélique I)
Forsyth, Kate – Bitter Greens
Gardiner, Kelly – Goddess
Gautier, Théophile – Captain Fracasse
Crawford, Francis Marion – Stradella
Du Maurier, Daphne – Frenchman’s Creek
Cordingly, David – Life Among The Pirates: The Romance and Reality
Stevenson, Robert Louis – Treasure Island
McCann, Maria – As Meat Loves Salt
Williams, Hannah – Académie Royale: A History in Portraits
Tomalin, Claire – Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Tremain, Rose – Restoration
Cooper-Bridgewater, Susan – Of Ink, Wit and Intrigue
Norman, Diana – The Vizard Mask
Tremain, Rose – Merivel: A Man of His Time
Pool, Joyce – The Castrato

 

18TH CENTURY

Gee, Sophie – The Scandal of the Season
Thomson, Rupert – Secrecy
Rice, Anne – Cry to Heaven
Maynell, Esther – The Little Chronicle of Magdalena Bach
Donoghue, Emma – Slammerkin
Kates, Gary – Monsieur d’Eon is a Woman
Hobbs, M.C. – The Chevalier
McCann, Maria – Ace, King, Knave
Berry, Helen – The Castrato and his Wife
Vick, Tyson – Mozart Reimagined
Worsley, Kate – She Rises
Kushner, Ellen et al. – Tremontaine (Season I)
Kushner, Ellen – Swordspoint
Kushner, Ellen – The Privilege of the Sword
Kushner, Ellen and Sherman, Delia – The Fall of the Kings
Spufford, Francis – Golden Hill
Barbier, Patrick – The World of the Castrati
Sabatini, Rafael – Scaramouche
Heyer, Georgette – The Convenient Marriage
Enquist, Per Olov – The Visit of the Royal Physician
Gentle, Mary – Black Opera
Sontag, Susan – The Volcano Lover
Seton, Anya – Dragonwyck
Mavor, Elizabeth – The Ladies of Llangollen

 

19TH CENTURY

Kinsale, Laura – Flowers from the Storm
Novik, Naomi – Temeraire (Temeraire I)
Novik, Naomi – Throne of Jade (Temeraire II)
Novik, Naomi – Black Powder War (Temeraire III)
Novik, Naomi – Empire of Ivory (Temeraire IV)
Novik, Naomi – Victory of Eagles (Temeraire V)
Cho, Zen – Sorcerer to the Crown (Sorcerer Royal I)
Baker, Adam – Winter Raven
Lafferty, Linda – The Girl who fought Napoleon
O’Brian, Patrick – Master and Commander (Aubrey & Maturin I)
O’Brian, Patrick – Post Captain (Aubrey & Maturin II)
Kent, Hannah – The Good People
Mazzola, Anna – The Unseeing
Setterfield, Diane – Bellman and Black
Summerscale, Kate – Mrs Robinson’s Disgrace
Downer, Lesley – The Last Concubine
Morgenstern, Erin – The Night Circus
Du Maurier, Daphne – My Cousin Rachel
Waters, Sarah – Tipping the Velvet
Littlewood, Alison – The Hidden People
Waters, Sarah – Affinity
Colette – Chéri
Hope, Anthony – The Prisoner of Zenda
Hope, Anthony – Rupert of Hentzau
Landon, Margaret – Anna and the King of Siam
Donoghue, Emma – Frog Music
Perry, Sarah – The Essex Serpent
Summerscale, Kate – The Wicked Boy
Donoghue, Emma – The Wonder

 

20TH CENTURY

Colette – Gigi and The Cat
Arnim, Elizabeth von – Elizabeth and her German Garden
Fleming, Jacky – The Trouble with Women
Walker, Jennifer – Elizabeth of the German Garden: A Biography of Elizabeth von Arnim
Wodehouse, P.G. – Jeeves in the Offing
Findley, Timothy – Pilgrim
Hollinghurst, Alan – The Stranger’s Child
Atkinson, Kate – Life After Life
Arnim, Elizabeth von – The Enchanted April
Towles, Amor – A Gentleman in Moscow
Waters, Sarah – The Paying Guests
Nicolson, Juliet – A House Full of Daughters
Hay, Maviel Doriel – Death on the Cherwell
Stevens, Robin – Murder Most Unladylike (Murder Most Unladylike I)
Stevens, Robin – Arsenic for Tea (Murder Most Unladylike II)
Szerb, Antal – The Pendragon Legend
Stark, Freya – The Valleys of the Assassins
O’Grady, Rohan – Let’s Kill Uncle
Ivey, Eowyn – The Snow Child
Bitto, Emily – The Strays
Jackson, Shirley – We Have Always Lived In The Castle
Zweig, Stefan- Messages from a Lost World
Leigh Fermor, Patrick – A Time of Gifts (A Time of Gifts I)
Weil, Jiří – Mendelssohn is on the Roof
Binet, Laurent – HHhH
Hostovský, Egon – The Hideout
Urzidil, Johannes – The Last Bell
Sheers, Owen – Resistance
Reve, Gerard – The Evenings
Kearney, Paul – The Wolf in the Attic
Sewell, Brian – Outsider: Almost Always, Never Quite (Outsider I)
Mantel, Hilary – Fludd
Wyndham, John – The Midwich Cuckoos
Thesiger, Wilfred – Arabian Sands
Abe, Kobo – The Woman in the Dunes
Clark, Polly – Larchfield
Amis, Kingsley – Lucky Jim
Yanagihara, Hanya – The People in the Trees
Jaffe, Rona – The Best of Everything
Lee, Min Jin – Pachinko
Levin, Ira – The Stepford Wives
Ferrante, Elena – My Brilliant Friend (Neapolitan Novels I)
Ferrante, Elena – The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels II)
Ronan, Vanessa – The Last Days of Summer
Barnes, Julian – The Sense of an Ending
Chevalier, Tracy – New Boy (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Kirino, Natsuo – Grotesque
Colapinto, John – As Nature Made Him
Murakami, Haruki – 1Q84
Roth, Philip – American Pastoral
Arditti, Michael – The Enemy of the Good
Alderman, Naomi – The Lessons
Hopkins, Jerry and Sugerman, Danny – No One Here Gets Out Alive: Jim Morrison
Pratchett, Terry and Gaiman, Neil – Good Omens
Finkel, Irving – The Princess Who Wouldn’t Come Home
Jordan, Neil – Carnivalesque
De Botton, Alain – The Course of Love
Vickers, Salley – Cousins

 

CONTEMPORARY

Alderman, Naomi – The Power
Anders, Charlie Jane – Six Months, Three Days
Auster, Paul – Travels in the Scriptorium
Backman, Fredrik – My Grandmother sends her Regards and Apologises
Backman, Fredrik – Britt-Marie Was Here
Bailey, Paul – Uncle Rudolf
Barker, Susan – The Incarnations
Beagle, Peter S. – In Calabria
Blackman, Andrew – A Virtual Love
Chu, John – The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere
Cooper, Fran – These Diving Walls
Donoghue, Emma – Room
Dromgoole, Dominic – Hamlet: Globe to Globe
Duncan, Glen – I, Lucifer
Enquist, Per Olov – The Parable Book
Furukawa, HideoSlow Boat
Gale, Patrick – Facing the Tank
Glaister, Seni – The Museum of Things Left Behind
Hawkins, Paula – The Girl on the Train
Hemming, Henry – Misadventure in the Middle East
Jonasson, Jonas – The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared
Joyce, Rachel  – The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Kay, Guy Gavriel – Ysabel
Masters, Alexander – A Life Discarded
Meloy, Maile – Do Not Become Alarmed
Moore, Tim – I Believe In Yesterday
Moran, Caitlin – How to be a Woman
Moran, Caitlin – Moranthology
North, Claire – The End of the Day
Pinborough, Sarah – The Language of Dying
Orenstein, Peggy – Cinderella Ate My Daughter
Ozeki, Ruth – A Tale for the Time Being
Ronson, Jon – The Psychopath Test
Rothschild, Hannah – The Improbability of Love
Shoneyin, Lola – The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives
Tyler, Anne – Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Waihong, Choo – The Kingdom of Women
Waterfield, Giles – The Hound in the Left Hand Corner
Yanahigara, Hanya – A Little Life

 

FANTASY AND SPECULATIVE FICTION

Abercrombie, Joe – Two’s Company
Addison, Katherine – The Goblin Emperor
Allan, Nina – The Art of Space Travel
Bardugo, Leigh – The Too-Clever Fox
Beaulieu, Bradley – Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (Shattered Sands I)
Beaulieu, Bradley – Blood Upon the Sand (Shattered Sands II)
Brennan, Marie – A Natural History of Dragons (Lady Trent I)
Brust, Steven – The Phoenix Guards (Khaavren Romances I)
Carey, Jacqueline – Miranda and Caliban
Chait, Gavin – Lament for the Fallen
Cheney, J. Kathleen – The Golden City
De Castell, Sebastien – Traitor’s Blade (The Greatcoats 1)
Fforde, Jasper – The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next I)
Flewelling, Lynn – Luck in the Shadows (Nightrunners: Book I)
Geen, Emma – The Many Selves of Katherine North
Goss, Theodora – Red as Blood and White as Bone
Harris, Joanne M. – The Gospel of Loki
Hearn, Lian – Across the Nightingale Floor (Tales of the Otori I)
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Apprentice (The Farseer Trilogy I)
Hobb, Robin – Royal Assassin (The Farseer Trilogy II)
Hobb, Robin – Assassin’s Quest (The Farseer Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – Ship of Magic (The Liveship Traders Trilogy I)
Hobb, Robin – The Mad Ship (The Liveship Traders Trilogy II)
Hobb, Robin – Ship of Destiny (The Liveship Traders Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Errand (The Tawny Man Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – The Golden Fool (The Tawny Man Trilogy II)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Fate (The Tawny Man Trilogy III)
Hobb, Robin – The Wilful Princess and The Piebald Prince
Hobb, Robin – The Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles I)
Hobb, Robin – Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles II)
Hobb, Robin – City of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles III)
Hobb, Robin – Blood of Dragons (The Rain Wild Chronicles IV)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Assassin (Fitz and the Fool I)
Hobb, Robin – Fool’s Quest (Fitz and the Fool II)
Kingfisher, T. – The Raven and the Reindeer
Kirino, Natsuo – The Goddess Chronicle (Canongate Myths)
Klages, Ellen – Wicked Wonders
Kowal, Mary Robinette – The Lady Astronaut of Mars
Lam, Laura – Pantomime (Micah Grey I)
Lam, Laura – Shadowplay (Micah Grey II)
Lam, Laura – Masquerade (Micah Grey III)
Larson, Rich – Dark Warm Heart
Liu, Ken – The Grace of Kings (Dandelion Dynasty I)
Logan, Kirsty – The Gracekeeepers
Lynch, Scott – The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards I)
Lynch, Scott – Red Seas Under Red Skies (Gentleman Bastards II)
Lynch, Scott – The Republic of Thieves (Gentleman Bastards III)
Mastai, Elan – All Our Wrong Todays
McCaffrey, Anne – Dragonflight
Mitchell, David – Cloud Atlas
Monette, Sarah – Mélusine (Doctrine of Labyrinths I)
Monette, Sarah – The Virtu (Doctrine of Labyrinths II)
Monette, Sarah – The Mirador (Doctrine of Labyrinths III)
Monette, Sarah – Corambis (Doctrine of Labyrinths IV)
Monette, Sarah and Elizabeth Bear – A Companion to Wolves (Irskyne I)
Novik, Naomi – Uprooted
Parker, K.J. – Devices and Desires (Engineer Trilogy I)
Parker, K.J. – The Devil You Know
Patrick, Den – The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (The Erebus Sequence)
Pratchett, Terry – The Colour of Magic (Discworld I)
Pratchett, Terry – The Light Fantastic (Discworld II)
Pratchett, Terry – Equal Rites (Discworld III)
Pratchett, Terry – Mort (Discworld IV)
Pratchett, Terry – Sourcery (Discworld V)
Pratchett, Terry – Wyrd Sisters (Discworld VI)
Pratchett, Terry – Pyramids (Discworld VII)
Pratchett, Terry – Guards! Guards! (Discworld VIII)
Pratchett, Terry – Eric (Discworld IX)
Pratchett, Terry – Moving Pictures (Discworld X)
Pratchett, Terry – Reaper Man (Discworld 11)
Pratchett, Terry – Witches Abroad (Discworld 12)
Rawn, Melanie, Roberson, Jennifer and Elliott, Kate – The Golden Key
Rawn, Melanie – The Diviner
Rothfuss, Patrick – The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicles I)
Rothfuss, Patrick – The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicles II)
Smaill, Anna – The Chimes
Swirsky, Rachel – Portrait of Lisane de Patagnia
Vaughn, Carrie – That Game We Played During The War
Walton, Jo – The Just City (Thessaly I)
Walton, Jo – The Philosopher Kings (Thessaly II)

Prehistory · Ancient Greece & Persia · The Roman Empire

Early Medieval (4C-10C) · Medieval (11C-14C) · 15th Century · 16th Century

17th Century · 18th Century · 19th Century · 20th Century

Contemporary · Fantasy & Speculative