Historical Fiction, House as a Character or Theme

Compiling a list of books where a house (castle, cottage, villa etc.) is a "character" in the sense that the story revolves around the house, it's history or ancestors that inhabited it. For example, the house itself has a history or importance that helps shape the story.
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201 books · 67 voters · list created July 20th, 2014 by MomToKippy (votes) .
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message 1: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy Here are some helpful comments from Clare who contributed a number of books to this list that might be interesting to others following this list. Enjoy!

"The Mammoth Hunters (3) is quite different. We meet a tribe on the open tundra who have no trees for building materials. They use the bones, tusks and hide of the mammoths which they hunt, to make a large permanent shelter. This was an early longhouse or large yurt. As there is no wood to burn, the scraps of mammoth bone are burnt, and in order to do this the people have dug an air chute to draw fresh air in from outside to feed the fire oxygen. The demands of building and surviving in this house had forced the people to become ingenious and able builders. The entire tribe and visitors have to live in the same house all winter eating stored food and this creates tensions, jealousies and betrayals.

The Shelters Of Stone (5) describes the southern France region where limestone valleys had large sheltering rock ledges on either side. People here had found that the rock absorbed sun's warmth and released it by night, making the ledges warm during the Ice Age. They built homes of hide, wood and other materials on the ledges. As one area became too populated a small band would move down the valley and build homes on another ledge. The valley side facing south or west was preferred for warmth. This lifestyle and physical environment shaped the society and interactions of individuals.

The Land Of Painted Caves (6) shows how cavern systems underneath this limestone region were explored to great length and depth by these early people and Auel shows that they were adapted for various purpose such as storage, safe shelter, and worship. Rock walls were adorned with art and the most painted caverns are those which carry the echo of voices. This meant that people had chosen to use these caverns as we would use a theatre, though we are not sure if it was a sacred site or entertainment area."


message 2: by ``Laurie (new)

``Laurie Great idea for a list Kippy :D


message 3: by MomToKippy (new)

MomToKippy Thanks Laurie! I am glad it is getting some more action recently.


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