Best Books: Historical Fiction

2011's Best Historical Fiction : NPR
Best historical fiction of 2011 Priscilla Nielsen for NPR

Historical fiction invites us to experience the exotic and the unknown while confirming our common humanity. I do not believe that human nature has changed much over the centuries, and it is possible to identify with the emotions, passions, and fears of men and women long dead.

But the past is also uncharted territory; it is like visiting a country where we do not speak the language. What did these people believe? What superstitions did they share? What demons did they see lurking in the dark? We want to be transported back to that foreign country, and we want the historical novelist to act as our translator.

This is what good historical fiction does, what these five novels do. The authors allow us to empathize with their characters, to care deeply about their fates. But we never forget for a moment that they are not our neighbors, not ourselves, for their expectations and ethics and boundaries are not ours. Their lives are firmly rooted in alien soil.


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2007-12-14 18:07:36 by Ravenskeep

But Pushkick, other than the bible, over which we seem to disagree, can you provide me with one historical reference, e.g., one man who wrote histories, not biblical fiction, whose work has survived the ages, who was not a jew-transformed-Christian, who can verify, and validate, the existance of Jesus of Nazareth? I don't want quotes from the OT or the NT, or any of the gnostic texts, but historical references, some Roman who wrote that Jesus was a man who lived between this date and that date, who did great and wonderful things, mysteries and miracles, was tried (to the best of my knowledge, the trial of Jesus was not recorded by Pilate or any other Roman in the area of Jerusalem, was crucified, again no historical record by Pilate or a scribe of his tribunal, and was raised by the...

Lies in the Da Vinci Code

2009-07-03 07:13:22 by xraydog

One of my current projects is to research so-called history that is actually based not upon dispassionate, objective research but upon sources that are (and always have been) questionable (if not completely fabricated).
The Da Vinci Code is probably the best poster child today. Of course, most of you will say "hey, it's just fiction." However, Dan Brown, the author, insists on page 1 of the book that the storyline is fictional, but it is based upon "true" historical facts.
The real "truth" of The Da Vinci Code is that Brown read a bunch of discredited books such as Holy Blood, Holy Grail that reputable scholars have rejected as nothing but garbage


2001-03-14 12:31:01 by ha_again

I am both spiritually aware and a follow as best i can the teachings of christ and respect him as a historical figure who may/may not have been devine but to me it doesnt matter because he had alot of good things written about him...even if what is written about him is fiction its a good moral model.
what does this have to do with patterning my life and worldview based on the last book of the bible filled with often ridiculous analogies that EVERY time in the history of chistendom has thought related to their own particular present...might as well live by nostradamus or l ron freakin hubbard

Kevin D. Randle

2013-09-15 23:00:51 by gnostic2012

Dr. Kevin Douglas Randle (born 1949), is a prominent ufologist. Within the UFO community he is often regarded as one of the preeminent experts on the reported crash of a UFO near Roswell, New Mexico in July 1947.
A professional writer with more than 80 books to his credit, Randle is perhaps best known for his books about UFOs and the Roswell story.
While the vast majority of his books are science fiction and historical fiction, it's his books on the alleged UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico in 1947 that have exerted an enormous influence on those interested in the saga

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