historical fiction

Cover image of The White Princess Historical Novel about Elizabeth of York

The White Princess

Philippa Gregory
Rated by
Terri B.
Thursday, Jul 31, 2014

The White Princess is the fifth of Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series, this one focusing on Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Henry Tudor defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field, ending the War of the Roses, to become Henry VII. To unite the York and Lancastrian families, Princess Elizabeth was forced to marry Henry VII, whom she believed to be the murderer of her love, Richard III. Hen

A picture of an old Greek war helm

The Song of Achilles

Madeline Miller
Rated by
Amy F.
Thursday, Jul 17, 2014

This is a coming-of-age story, a love story, and a retelling of the Iliad all in one masterfully told epic. Miller at once succeeds in adding depth and substance to Achilles and Patroclus and also preserving the dramatic feel of the war that is the backdrop to their relationship.


Jim Crace
Rated by
Megan C.
Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

An unconventional telling of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness, Quarantine grips the reader in a mysterious world of deception and dream. We follow six characters' sojourn in the desert: a merchant and his wife, a wealthy but barren Jewish woman, an elderly Jewish man suffering from a tumor, a madman from the east, a philosophical young Greek, and Jesus the Galilean. It is a believable work of historical fiction with a twist of suspense. At the end the reader is left to interpret the meaning of events.

An adult is standing in the foreground. The person is all dark, all you see is a dark outline with a light glow, or halo around the person. There is a house in the background with someone standing on the porch.

The Witching Hour

Anne Rice
Rated by
Diane H.
Friday, Dec 6, 2013

If you’re in the mood for a long book and like family histories with a supernatural twist, try The Witching Hour by Anne Rice. While the story is set in the same world as her vampire series, there are no vampires in this book. Instead, the tale of the Mayfair witches is told from their beginning several hundred years ago to the present.

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013

Two librarians from the Johnson County Library, Christine Peterson and Gregg Winsor, discuss Bernard Cornwell's novel "1356" and some other favorites from the historical fiction genre. Listen to the discussion, or check out the books they discussed

Historical Fiction Boot Camp

Rated by
Helen H.
Friday, May 31, 2013

Historical Fiction is set in the past, either before the author’s birth or at least 50 years in the past. The main characters are generally fictional but the settings are usually real and attempt to accurately capture the history, manners and social conditions of the times. Attention to historical facts and detail is imperative.

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013

Never growing beyond two feet and eight inches, Mercy Lavinia "Vinnie" Bump spent much of her life hidden by her parents. However, when she impressed legendary showman P.T. Barnum, she suddenly became the world's most unlikely celebrity. In this fictional autobiography, Vinnie recounts her life, her travels with Barnum, and her wedding to co-worker and fellow tiny superstar, General Tom Thumb, and much, much more.

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

Rated by
Michelle H.
Friday, Apr 12, 2013

Train Dreams is a weird little book. Only 116 pages but sweeping in scope, it tells the story of Robert Grainer, born in the late 1800s, orphaned and sent to live in the Pacific Northwest where he becomes an itinerant laborer, finds a wife and has a daughter, and experiences happiness so surreal it surely can’t last. It doesn’t.

Sunday, Mar 24, 2013

The Shoemaker’s Wife is a love story set in the early 1900’s, first in the Italian Alps when Enza and Ciro meet and leave a very distinct impression on each other, then later in New York City where they meet up again by chance.

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

Rated by
Jared H.
Monday, Mar 11, 2013

How far would you go to know the truth about your father? When orphan Carver Young discovers a letter written by his father, he becomes caught up in the hunt for a notorious killer who just may hold the keys to his past. Receiving help from friends, a famous Pinkerton detective, and even Theodore Roosevelt himself, Carver will discover that perhaps it is better to leave the past buried.