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post #21 of 25
The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent. It is written by an ancestor of a woman, Martha Carrier, accused of being a witch during the Salem Witch Trials in 1692. The book is written from the point of view of Martha's 10ish year old daughter. Aside from the witch accusations the people in Massachusetts were also dealing with Indian raids. I really enjoyed the book.

Also I see no one has mentioned 2 of my favorite all time books:
1. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet
2. World Without End by Ken Follet
Both are set in the 1100'sish and both are amazing. The second book takes place in the same village as the first, but 200 years later, so somewhat of a sequel, but not really.
post #22 of 25
time of wonder--I agree. Great.

I just read the Pillars of the Earth and World Without End--I was so obsessed with reading these my kids were reduced to eating sandwiches and looking after each other.

Am now reading Wolf Den--Based in Henry vIII's court, great so far. Winner of england's Booker Prize

Snowflower and the Secret Fan--women, china and I think the 11th century. Perfect book.
post #23 of 25
Margaret George's "Memoirs of Cleopatra," "Mary Queen of Scotland" and "Helen of Troy" are fabulous! I especially loved the "Memoirs of Cleopatra."

They are very large books, but seriously gripping and wonderful to read.
post #24 of 25
Subbing...cutting and pasting into my online library request form ....

I've stumbled onto a couple of books here already but would love to read more in this genre.
post #25 of 25

Reviving this thread, as I've somewhat recently been obsessed with historical fiction ;)  The Hummingbird's Daughter was a great read, as mentioned before, as well as anything by Philippa Gregory (I've read The Other Boleyn Girl, The White Queen, The Red Queen, and Lady of the Rivers).  Not sure if I just missed it somewhere, but my absolute FAVORITE book is The Mists of Avalon--really well written and super interesting to read! :)

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