Transport yourself back in time to the majestic and turbulent epochs of Europe through the captivating lens of historical fiction. Delve into the rich tapestry of narratives that intertwine real events with imaginative storytelling, immersing you in the courts of medieval monarchs, the intrigue of Renaissance cities, and the upheavals of war-torn Europe. From the grandeur of the Victorian era to the tumultuous periods of revolutions, these stories breathe life into the past, offering a vivid portrayal of bygone times, customs, and the intricate lives of people in historical settings.
For avid readers always on the lookout for new books to fall in love with, finding a good author and reading every single book they've ever written is a not uncommon strategy. British crime novelist Lesley Thomson introduces some of her favourite books, all works of historical fiction set in England.
Historical fiction offers us emotional insight into impactful historic events and an immersive sense of time and place, says David Lawday, the longtime Economist foreign correspondent and author of a new novel set during the Siege of Paris in 1870. Here he highlights five of the best historical novels set in France of centuries past.
The Tudor dynasty, which ruled England from 1485 to 1603, has been the focus of extraordinary public attention in recent years, thanks to the success of books like Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and the lavish television drama The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. We asked Alison Weir, the author of many bestselling factual and novelistic books on the period, to recommend her favourite works of Tudor historical fiction.