8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List

18/08/2019 Lists, Reading 8

8 Historical Fiction Books on my TBR List

I’ve always been fascinated by history, and so it’s really no surprise that one of my favourite genres is historical fiction. I just love seeing history come to life in the form of a novel, whether it’s about an event or historical figure I know well, and just want to see how a different author interpreted it, or something I want to learn more about.

There are so many interesting looking historical fiction books out there though, that however many I read, my TBR list just seems to grow longer and longer!

But here are the eight that I’m most excited to finally get my hands on (plus a bonus new release that I’m super excited for!):

First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson

Unsurprisingly, Joanna Hickson’s First of the Tudors is about the first of the royal Tudor line, Edmund and Jasper Tudor, the sons of Queen Katherine (Henry V’s widow) and her second husband Owen Tudor.

Whilst I vaguely know the origin story of the Tudors and a little about Jasper Tudor’s later days, I’m interested to know more about where it all began, and I’ve seen great reviews of this book. Plus this appears to be the first in a series, so if I like it, it’s good to know there’s more to read!

The Summer Queen by Elizabeth Chadwick

Elizabeth Chadwick is an incredibly popular historical fiction author, so it seems crazy that I’ve never actually read any of her books. The Summer Queen, the first book in her series about Eleanor of Aquitaine seems like a good place to start, so I’ve had my eye on this book for quite some time!

The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

A while ago I read the first book in the long-running Last Kingdom series by Bernard Cornwell and loved it, so I’m eager to read the next book and find out what happens to Uhtred next!

I’ve become particularly interested in Vikings and Saxons lately (mostly since watching ‘Vikings’ on Amazon Prime, which is such a good show!), so this is definitely a series I’d like to delve back into soon.

Wolf of the Plains by Conn Iggulden

I loved Conn Iggulden’s War of the Roses series, so I’ve been meaning to read more books by him for ages. Wolf of the Plains is definitely a book that intrigues me, as it’s the first in his series about Genghis Khan, the man who founded the Mongol Empire (one of the biggest empires in history).

Queen of the North by Anne O’ Brien

I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Anne O’ Brien, so Queen of the North is definitely high on my TBR list. This time O’Brien is tackling the story of Elizabeth Mortimer, cousin to both Richard II and Henry VI. She isn’t someone I know all that much about, so I’m interested to find out more!

God of Vengeance by Giles Kristian

A while back I read Lancelot by Giles Kristian, and it was one of the best books I’ve read so far this year! So when I took a look at what else he had written I was super intrigued by God of Vengeance. As I’ve said, I’ve become really interested in Vikings lately, and this book looks like it fits the bill!

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Penman

I don’t know an awful lot about Welsh history, but I was really intrigued when I stumbled across Here Be Dragons on Amazon.

Set in thirteenth century Wales, it tells the story of Joanna, the illegitimate daughter of King John, who is reluctantly married off to Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales. According to the blurb, she grows to love her ambitious husband, but finds her loyalties torn between her new husband and his country, and her father and her own country. It certainly sounds like an interesting set-up!

Blood Queen by Joanna Courtney

Blood Queen tells the story of the real woman who inspired the villainous Lady Macbeth, and I’m super intrigued to find out more about her!

This is actually the first book in a series called Shakespeare’s Queens, the second of which is out next month and is about Ophelia from Hamlet, so I’m definitely going to have to look out for that one too!

And a bonus new release I’m looking forward to…

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

I read the first two books in Hilary Mantel’s Thomas Cromwell series a few years ago, and have literally been anticipating the third book ever since! And finally there’s a release date, so I’m going to be so excited in March 2020 when this book finally comes out!

So are any of these books on your TBR, or have you read any of them? Are there any you think I should be prioritising?

8 Responses to “8 Historical Fiction Books On My TBR List”

  1. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Wow, I’ve read literally none of these. Although, my historical reading tends to lean more towards the romance side of things so that doesn’t surprise me. I hope you manage to read them all, I’ll look out for reviews and maybe you’ll convince me to pick up a couple.

    • Laura

      Yeah, definitely look out for some reviews! Hopefully some of them (or maybe even all of them!) will be good and worth recommending.

  2. E Merwin

    Here’s one from years back that you might like: The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It won a Newberry in 1959, and I’m not sure if it’s still a popular read, but truly brings colonial life– and the struggle of free thinking women in a repressive society…

    As always thanks for your thought provoking posts– it immediately brough this book to mind!

    • Laura

      Thanks for your recommendation! I haven’t heard of that book but it sounds interesting, so I’ll have to check it out 🙂

  3. bobbie

    Hi there, I am also a huge fan of Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory and especially about the Tudor period. how can I register on your website and receive updates and newsletter and be part of your community ?

    • Laura

      The Tudor period is definitely one of my favourites to read about!
      You can subscribe by email to my blog in the sidebar (although I think it will be at the bottom on mobile devices!), or follow me on Bloglovin so you can see when I post new posts. I’m so glad you want to be a part of my blog community! 🙂

  4. Chana @ Paper Procrastinators

    I love history! History is one of my favorite subjects, so I love reading historical fiction and time travel books. I haven’t read any historical fiction in a while, but First of the Tudors looks like the perfect book to read to get back into it!

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