Best Gay Historical Fiction

A list for gay historical fiction novels -- any novel length work featuring a gay, bisexual, or transgender male protagonist, from any historical period. Differs from the 'Best Gay Historical Romance' list in that romance is not required; can be any genre of historical fiction.
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298 books · 476 voters · list created May 29th, 2010 by M. Kei (votes) .
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M. 199 books
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Nemesis 4287 books
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Michele 51 books
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message 2: by Nan (new)

Nan Hawthorne More lesbian novels... I can think of one lovely one right off the top of my head.. hint hint.


message 3: by Nan (new)

Nan Hawthorne You can find most of these at www.glbtbookshelf.com ..


message 4: by M. (new)

M. Kei Anyone can add books to the list. Go to the upper right hand corner at the top of the list and click on "Add books to this list". Note however, that this list is for gay and bisexual male characters.

However, anyone can start a list of any sort they wish; go to the top of the page and click on 'Create New List.'


message 5: by Buzz H. (new)

Buzz H. Is anyone aware of any gay Arthurian novels or short stories other than Lancelot and the Wolf and its sequels?


message 6: by Kaye (new)

Kaye Buzz H. wrote: "Is anyone aware of any gay Arthurian novels or short stories other than Lancelot and the Wolf and its sequels?"

The Silurian, book ONE, The Fox and the Bear

This isn't quite a "romance," but neither is it just a fiction. Bedwyr is Arthur's best friend, and be harbours a love for Arthur. It's got a lot of straight romance, as well. As I am only reading book 3 out of 10, I'm not sure that they ever "get together," but the books are captivating. There's a fair amount of typos, but the writing is very true to the times. I have enjoyed them a lot, and they're full of emotion.

I suggest them, highly. Even for the mistakes L A Wilson sometimes makes, and the occasional slip into modern language, the books are very good.


message 7: by Steve (new)

Steve Novels by Benjamin Alire Saenz have are beautiful crafted with
realistic and honest portrayals of young gay Latinos. "Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe" is a good example.

Also, https://www.abebooks.com is a great source for gently read, used books at great prices. Many sellers ship free. I've bought scores of books for 1 to 3 dollars. Check it out!


message 8: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 13, 2017 02:36PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Steve wrote: " Many sellers ship free...."

I yet have to come across the first seller that ships free, I'm afraid... :-(

And as to 'gently read', in my experience it always pays to ask the seller questions about the book's condition, as 'good' seems to have as many interpretations as there are sellers on Abebooks, unfortunately... Not that Abebooks isn't a great place to buy used books, it absolutely is, but just be careful and ask questions before buying, is my advise, or you could be in for a nasty surprise.


message 9: by Steve (new)

Steve I can't disagree with what you're saying. Always be cautious of the stated condition. I buy from just a few sellers I've had a track record with. A good example is Better World Books. A huge and varied inventory, and most pbs sell for $3.48 with free shipping. Most of the used books are donated to my town's library that relies on donations of cash and books, in the absence of very little public funding. I was a seller on ABE for a number of years, but my comments are strictly as a buyer.


message 10: by Booklovinglady (last edited May 13, 2017 09:40PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Steve wrote: "A good example is Better World Books. A huge and varied inventory, and most pbs sell for $3.48 with free shipping.."

I've bought at Better World Books a few times. Their free shipping must be restricted to the US, I guess, as they charged me for it.


message 11: by Oliver (new)

Oliver how do I save this list or keep an eye on it?


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