Historical Fiction - France

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317 books · 242 voters · list created November 8th, 2011 by RJay (votes) .
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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 RJay (new)

RJay 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 RJay (new)

RJay 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 RJay (new)

RJay 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 (Lioness at Large) 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 RJay (new)

RJay 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 RJay (new)

RJay 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 RJay (new)

RJay 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.


message 18: by Mary (new)

Mary I just finished City of Light, City of Poison, by Holly Tucker, and it is really good, though non fiction.


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