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Indulge in the stories of Ancient Greece to the American Frontier, be transported to another time or place in these historical fiction titles.
The Clan of the Cave Bear by
An injured and orphaned infant carries within her the seed and hope of mankind in this epic of survival and destiny set at the dawn of prehistory.
The Dog Master by
Years after an Ice Age tribe leader tames a hungry wolf, a boy shunned from his people for his disability forges an inseparable bond with a wolf cub who helps him to survive in an enemy-controlled, environmentally extreme world.
The original construction of the ancient English monument of Stonehenge forms the backdrop of the story of three men, brothers and rivals--Lengar, a tyrant and patricide; his bastard brother Camaban, a sorcerer; and Saban, who must reverse the horrors of the past to realize the vision of Stonehenge.
The Red Tent by
The story of Dinah, a tragic character from the Bible whose great love, a prince, is killed by her brother, leaving her alone and pregnant. The novel traces her life from childhood to death, in the process examining sexual and religious practices of the day, and what it meant to be a woman.
Lilah, the sister of Ezra, the high priest destined to lead the Jews back to Jerusalem, gives up her plans to marry a Persian warrior for her faith, but when her brother orders all Jewish men to abandon their foreign-born wives, Lilah rebels.
The Messiah by
David Reubeni is a 16th century Jewish prince from the lost kingdom of Chabor. Arriving in Venice, he begins spreading his own gospel of the return of the Jews to a homeland in Palestine. Reubeni scours the European courts for support, ultimately pleading his cause to Pope Clement VII, to whom he promises control of the holy sites of Jerusalem in return for the Pontiff's aid. Upon his arrival at each new country on his quest, Reubeni attracts throngs of followers, mostly comprised of Jews longing for andexpecting the Messiah. Will Reubeni attain his vision and lead his people to regain their homeland?
Game of Queens by
A lavish reimagining of the stories of two biblical queens recounts how beautiful "Queen of Queens" Vashti lost her crown by defying the king before the virtuous Esther risked her life to advocate for her people.
England through the Centuries
The Pillars of the Earth by
Set in twelfth-century England, this epic of kings and peasants juxtaposes the building of a magnificent church with the violence and treachery that often characterized the Middle Ages.
Year of Wonders by
Eighteen-year-old Anna Frith tells the story of her remote English village, Eyam, which was infected by the plague in 1666 and where, persuaded by their vicar, the townspeople decided to quarantine themselves.
Since Beatrice loves the estate of Wideacre, she plots her father's death in hopes of tempting her weak brother Henry through incest so that she can circumvent the laws of entail.
Years after growing up in the care of a group of mysterious protectors who served in unspecified ways during World War II, a young man endeavors to piece together the truth about his parents and the unconventional education he received.
The Fair Fight by
Born in a Bristol whorehouse, scrappy Ruth stumbles into a career as a pugilist after a brawl with her half-sister attracts a betting audience. As Ruth enters the gritty, brutal world of professional prize-fighters, she encounters aspiring boxer Charlotte Sinclair, for whom the ring serves as an escape from her abusive marriage and a place where her smallpox scars do not attract notice.
The Clockmaker's Daughter by
More than 150 years after an artist's retreat on the banks of the Upper Thames ends in murder, theft and ruin, a London archivist is drawn by a striking photograph and a sketchbook to discover a manor's secrets.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by
In 1946, writer Juliet Ashton finds inspiration for her next book in her correspondence with a native of Guernsey, who tells her about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a book club born as an alibi during German occupation.
In 1935 England, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses an event involving her sister Cecilia and her childhood friend Robbie Turner, and she becomes the victim of her own imagination, which leads her on a lifelong search for truth and absolution.
Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome
The King Must Die by
An adaptation of the legend of Theseus who masters the art of bull leaping and slays the Minotaur in the process of fulfilling his destiny.
Growing up in ancient Italy, Lavinia is on the verge of a betrothal to Turnus, the handsome king of nearby Rulli, when a fleet of Trojan ships, under the command of Aeneas, sails up the Tiber, and Lavinia sets out to control her own destiny and find the love of her life, in a historical novel that puts a female twist on Virgil's classic, The Aeneid.
The Silence of the Girls by
Reimagines The Iliad from the perspectives of the captured women living in the Greek camp in the final weeks of the Trojan War.
Follows the banished witch daughter of Titans as she hones her powers and interacts with famous mythological beings before a conflict with one of the most vengeful Olympians forces her to choose between the worlds of the gods and mortals.
When the aqueduct that brings fresh water to thousands of people around the bay of Naples fails, Roman engineer Marius Primus heads to the slopes of Mount Vesuvius to investigate, only to come face to face with an impending catastrophe.
Cleopatra's Daughter by
Transport to the colorful and dangerous court of imperial Rome and into the remarkable lives of two young captives-- the children of Cleopatra, Egypt's most powerful and notorious ruler, and her lover Marc Antony. Taken in chains to Rome as ten-year-olds, twins Selene and Alexander cling to each other, and to the hope of one day returning to their rightful place on the throne of Egypt.
Royal advisor and former slave Taita is caught up in a whirlpool of ruthless intrigue that tests the limits of his intelligence, alchemy and cunning as he endeavors to protect the empire, his Pharaoh and those he loves. By the best-selling author of Golden Lion.
A down-on-his-luck Roman army doctor, Gaius Petreius Ruso decides to seek his fortune in one of the far outposts of the Roman Empire, journeying to Britannia, where he rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from her abusive owner.