Historical Fiction - France
This list is for historical fiction set in France, bringing great characters to life.
1 The Count of Monte Cristo
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2 Spirit of Lost Angels
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 131 ratings
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3 The Three Musketeers
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 154,153 ratings
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4 A Tale of Two Cities
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 505,350 ratings
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5 The Sister Queens
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 960 ratings
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6 The Scarlet Pimpernel
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 78,203 ratings
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7 Becoming Marie Antoinette (...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 2,965 ratings
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8 To Dance with Kings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 1,773 ratings
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9 The Confessions of Catherin...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 4,407 ratings
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10 Twenty Years After (The D'A...
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11 Mistress of the Sun
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 2,130 ratings
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12 Queen Margot, or Marguerite...
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13 The Queen's Necklace
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 779 ratings
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14 Lisette's List
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 180 ratings
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15 Perfume: The Story of a Mur...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 134,542 ratings
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16 The Many Lives & Secret Sor...
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17 The Man in the Iron Mask (T...
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 41,172 ratings
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18 The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 89,011 ratings
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19 Before Versailles: A Novel ...
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20 The Second Empress: A Novel...
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21 Courtesan
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22 Les Misérables
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23 Vicomte de Bragelonne (The ...
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24 The Lady and the Unicorn
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25 Louise de La Vallière (The ...
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26 The Devil's Queen: A Novel ...
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 3,973 ratings
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27 The Red and the Black
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 24,704 ratings
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28 Luncheon of the Boating Party
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 3,988 ratings
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29 To Serve a King
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 323 ratings
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30 Angelique (Angelique: Origi...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 1,296 ratings
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31 The Oracle Glass
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 2,106 ratings
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32 The Age of Desire
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 911 ratings
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33 The Glass-Blowers
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34 A Place of Greater Safety
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 2,479 ratings
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35 Tales of Passion, Tales of ...
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36 The Strangled Queen (Los Re...
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37 Mistress of the Revolution
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 1,324 ratings
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38 The Knight of Maison-Rouge
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39 The Serpent and the Moon: T...
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40 Revolution
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 17,723 ratings
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41 Madame Bovary
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 119,025 ratings
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42 Bitter Greens
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 1,121 ratings
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43 Dark Angels
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 2,740 ratings
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44 For the King
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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42 avg rating — 360 ratings
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45 The Painted Girls
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 20,818 ratings
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46 Catherine de Medici 1-3: Ma...
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47 In a Dark Wood Wandering: A...
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 894 ratings
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48 The Red Necklace (French Re...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 4,849 ratings
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49 Angelique and the King (Ang...
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 817 ratings
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50 Madame Serpent (Catherine d...
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51 The Maid: A Novel of Joan o...
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3.34 of 5 stars 3.34 avg rating — 1,362 ratings
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52 Daughters of the Grail
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52 Les Liaisons Dangereuses
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54 The Collector of Dying Brea...
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55 The Spider King
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56 Angélique in revolt
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57 Winter of the World (The Ce...
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58 The Last Great Dance on Ear...
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59 Days of Splendor, Days of S...
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60 The Iron King (The Accursed...
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60 The Black Tower
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62 The Launching of Roger Broo...
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63 Arch of Triumph: A Novel of...
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64 Finding Emilie
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65 Marianne (Marianne, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 119 ratings
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66 City of Darkness, City of L...
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67 The Dream of Scipio
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 2,503 ratings
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68 La Dame aux Camélias
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 12,949 ratings
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68 Père Goriot
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 21,504 ratings
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70 The Charterhouse of Parma
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71 Master of Illusion (Book One)
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71 Salazar
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73 Germinal (Les Rougon-Macqua...
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74 Master of Illusion (Book Two)
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75 The Last Nude
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3.68 of 5 stars 3.68 avg rating — 6,305 ratings
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76 The Man Who Killed the King...
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77 Mademoiselle de Scuderi
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78 Chicot the Jester (The Last...
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79 Fall of Giants (The Century...
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79 The Paris Wife
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81 The Rising Storm (Roger Bro...
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82 Four Sisters, All Queens
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83 The Queen's Lover
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84 Lydia Cassatt Reading the M...
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85 Marianne and the Privateer
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86 Depths of Glory: A Biograph...
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87 The Virgin Widow
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88 I am Forbidden
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89 The Forty-Five Guardsmen (T...
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90 Blood Royal
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91 Justine ou Les Malheurs de ...
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92 Blood Red, Sister Rose
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93 Contessina (La saga des Méd...
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94 Une double famille
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95 Une episode sous la terreur...
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96 Sentimental Education
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96 La Bête humaine (Les Rougon...
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98 Lost Illusions
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99 Nana (Les Rougon-Macquart, #9)
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100 Maleficus
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Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King is excellent, but it is not historical fiction. It is non-fiction.


message 2: by Maia (new)

Maia B. Why on earth is Alexandre Dumas below ten other books???


message 3: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Prawdzik Maia wrote: "Why on earth is Alexandre Dumas below ten other books???"

Probably because his books were added after some of the others on the list and because not very many people have voted yet. Round up your friends and ask them to vote!


message 4: by Maia (new)

Maia B. Good idea Rosemary - I will do that.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I see "Love and Louis XIV" is still on this list, despite being non-fiction; do you want me to remove it, Rosemary?


message 6: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Prawdzik I personally don't care if the books are fiction or non-fiction as long as they are a Good Read. Maybe we should change the name of the list or just note that it is non-fiction.


message 7: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Prawdzik Wow, our list is up to 51 books. Now we need more readers to vote. Maybe some books will shift positions.


message 8: by Kate (new)

Kate Forsyth I added a few books too - I hope that was OK.


Themis-Athena (Does not and never will own a Kindle) Remarque's Arch of Triumph: A Novel of a Man Without a Country was contemporaneous writing when published (it's set in its author's own lifetime) and therefore wouldn't fall within the standard definition of "historical" fiction (=set BEFORE its author's own lifetime).

Same rationale as with regard to Love and Louis XIV -- who cares whether it's actually (a) historical (b) fiction, the only thing that matters is whether someone liked it enough to add it to this list?


message 10: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Prawdzik It is so rewarding to see how many readers have found this list and added to it! I'm so caught up on all my Plantagenet dynasty books, I haven't had time to get back to this list but I'm certainly happy to have started it and to see so many are being drawn to it. Happy reading!


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Rosemary - do you want the non-fiction removed?


message 12: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Prawdzik Susanna wrote: "Rosemary - do you want the non-fiction removed?"
Sure


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Removed Love and Louis XIV, which was the only non-fiction I saw.


message 14: by Lydia (new)

Lydia These look great! Was looking for some French historical fiction to get my teeth into, as I'm going there for a few months this year. Thanks for the list!Will work my way through them :)


message 15: by Rosemary (new)

Rosemary Prawdzik Lydia wrote: "These look great! Was looking for some French historical fiction to get my teeth into, as I'm going there for a few months this year. Thanks for the list!Will work my way through them :)"

I visited France last year inspired by Henri II and Diane de Poitiers. (Courtesan on this list) and also in the footsteps on Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
If you visit Chenenceau do not go at 10 AM - that is peak crowd time. Go early or go later in the day. Otherwise it's too crowded to see it very well.


message 16: by Alison (new)

Alison Great list. Good idea. French history is volatile,passionate and endlessly fascinating.


message 17: by Marita (new)

Marita Contessina by Sarah Frydman is wrtten in French, but it does not take place in France. It takes place in Florence, Italy.


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