The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco Paperback: 552 pages Publisher: Harvest Books; 1st edition (Sept. 28, 1994) ISBN-10: 0156001314 The Name of the Rose is a book I read several years back and one I wanted to revisit here on my blog. This historical fiction novel set in… Read More »Review of The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
When writing historical fiction, how much should your dialogue reflect the actual historical period you are writing about? Is it a good idea to write — as say — a knight during the medieval period might actually speak, or write in more contemporary language for the reader? My personal thoughts are it’s… Read More »Discussion Topic: Dialogue and Historical Fiction
Florian Stone Wells is the author of The Sword and the Shield of the Realm, the first book of the series “Merchants of Time,” a seven-part novel historical perspective and grand adventure in the malestrom of the 15th Century, at the height of the epic struggle between the Islamic Empire… Read More »Interview with Author Florian Stone Wells
The Traitor’s Wife by Susan Higginbotham Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (April 2009) Paperback: 483 pages ISBN: 1402217870 Sandwiched between two of the more successful monarchs in medieval English history, King Edward II of England is often overshadowed by the reputation of his father Edward I (Longshanks) and displaced by the success… Read More »Review of The Traitor’s Wife by Susan Higginbotham
What’s your favorite fantasy or historical fiction novel that few people have read or heard of? Which novels do you feel are underrated and deserve more attention?
In your opinion — and this can be fiction authors of any historical time period, not just medieval history — who are the best authors (and their novels) when it comes to historical accuracy?
Hood (The King Raven Trilogy, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 8, 2008) ISBN-10: 1595543295 The legend of Robin Hood is re-shaped in this historical fiction novel by Stephen Lawhead. Instead of the traditional setting of medieval England, Lawhead places Robin Hood (called Bran) in… Read More »Review of Hood by Stephen Lawhead
What are your five most-read and/or re-read fantasy or historical fiction novels on your bookshelf? Which novels do you find yourself reading over and over again, or would read over and over again? Normally, I don’t tend to read the same novels twice, with a few exceptions of course. Here’s… Read More »Discussion Topic: Five Most-Read Fantasy or Historical Fiction Novels
Last week, I reviewed Helen Hollick’s The Kingmaking. I also had the privilege of interviewing Helen about her latest novel. 1. When did you first start working on your novel? So long ago I can’t remember! It took me ten years to produce what turned out to be The Kingmaking,… Read More »Interview with Helen Hollick, Author of The Kingmaking