Discover Historic Fiction
Travel back in time with fictional characters experiencing cultures and challenges of years gone by. Go back in time by checking out some of our favorites listed below.
A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes
Set in Ancient Troy this novel is part history, part legend. This powerful historical novel gives new life to the story of two ancient cultures at war. Haynes takes a tale of heroes and kings and explores the experiences of the women caught up in these terrifying events. From slave women to queens, and even a goddess or two, Natalie Haynes’ retelling puts female voices front and center.
The Evening and the Morning by Ken Follett
Set in 10th century England, Follett’s Kingsbridge depicted the end of the Dark Ages. Here England is facing attack from the Welsh and the Vikings. The stories of a young boat builder, a capable monk, and a Norman noblewoman unfold in these pages as they face a ruthless bishop pursuing wealth and power. This epic tale of ambition and rivalry is the prequel to his International bestseller The Pillars of the Earth.
Devotion by Hannah Kent
Set in Prussia in 1836, teenage Hanne is finding the domestic world of womanhood increasingly oppressive. She longs to be out in nature, and finds little companionship with the local girls. Until, that is, she meets kindred spirit Thea. Hanne is from a family of Old Lutherans, whose worship is suppressed and secret. Safe passage to Australia offers Liberty from these restrictions. But a long and harsh journey lies ahead, one which will put the girls’ close bond to a terrible test.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
This classic book plays out during the American Civil War and has introduced decades of readers and theater attendees to the privileged, beautiful and merciless Scarlett O’Hara. First published in 1936 this enduring classic tells a story of love, loss and a divided nation. If you haven’t read it – perhaps now’s the time.