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Historical Fiction Books Best – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

Nearly 3,400 historical fiction books in the Internet Archive, mostly published within the last 30 years. Some authors: Eleanor Coerr, Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Loretta Chase, Louis L’Amour, Jude Deveraux, Johanna Lindsey, Catherine Coulter, Wilbur A. Smith, Hannah Howell, Katherine Sutcliffe, Janette Oke, Anchee Min, many more popular authors of free Historical Fiction. Historical fiction classics, historical fiction books popular, historical fiction novels, historical fiction England, historical fiction Civil War, African American historical fiction. We have historical romance novels free online on another page.

Historical Fiction for Young Adults – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

About 800 free historical fiction for teens and YA at the Internet Archive. Some authors: Eleanor Coerr, Jean Auel, Johanna Lindsey, James Lincoln Collier, Robert Lawson, Wilbur Smith, Suzanne Weyn, Anya Seton, Michael Punke, Margaret George, Paullina Simons, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Best YA Historical fiction, historical fiction Native Americans, African American historical fiction, historical fiction Civil War, historical fiction novels WW2, historical fiction Revolutionary War, historical fiction for teens, historical fiction books.

On a phone, only about 25 books in a collection of hundreds may appear.  You can instead use a PC to find books of interest while logged into Internet Archive and “favorite” them, so you can easily access them later on your phone or tablet.

Historical Fiction Pre-1945 – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

About 480 novels published from 1809 to the 1940s, said to be works of Historical Fiction. Only a fraction of the books published after 1925 are accessible.

Historical Fiction England – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

About 400 historical novels set in England. Some historical fiction writers here: Julia Quinn, Philippa Gregory, Jacqueline Wilson, Victoria Dahl, Jacqueline Winspear, Barbara Cartland, Ken Follett. Historical fiction England, Victorian England, historical fiction Civil War, historical fiction classic, what is historical fiction, historical fiction for teens.

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Fiction Books Set in the Roman Empire – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

About 400 historical novels set (mostly) in the Roman Empire. Some historical fiction authors: Robert Graves, Steven Saylor, Kate Quinn, Simon Scarrow, Vicky Alvear Shecter, Lindsey Davis, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Robert Harris, David Grimstone, Richard Blake, Conn Igulden. Historical fiction for young adults, historical fiction Rome, what is historical fiction.

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Historical Fiction Revolutionary War – Downloadable Books for Free

About 180 historical fiction Revolutionary War – American Revolution (1775-1783). Some historical fiction authors: Bernard Cornwell, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Christine Blevins, Connie Brummel Crook, Howard Fast, James Fenimore Cooper, James L. Nelson, Sharyn McCrumb, Sharon Salvato, William J. Wolf. Historical fiction Revolutionary War, what is historical fiction, historical fiction for teens, historical fiction for adults.

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African American Historical Fiction – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

About 80 books of African American historical fiction. Some authors: Toni Morrison, Alex Haley, Charles Johnson, Maurine Dahlberg, Wes Tooke, Jeri Watts, Harriette Robinet, Nancy Rawles, Pat McKissack, Gigi Amateau, Caryl Phillips. Historical fiction for young adults, historical fiction for adults, historical fiction for teens, what is historical fiction. African American historical fiction.

Historical Fiction Native Americans – Collection

About 60 books – Historical Fiction Native Americans. Some authors: Hadley Irwin, Patricia Calvert, Janet Beeler Shaw, Devon Mihesuah, Don Coldsmith, W. Michael Gear, Terry C. Johnston, Timm Tingle, Janet Beeler Shaw, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Joseph Bruchac, Sue Harrison, Tomie DePaola. Historical fiction for young adults.

Novels about the Ancient Celts – Collection

About 200 historical novels about the ancient Celts. Historical Fiction authors who wrote about Celts include: Mike Ripley, Morgan Llywelyn, Rosemary Sutcliff, A. A. Attanasio, Steve Lawhead, Peter Tremayne, Jack Whyte, Randy Lee Eickhoff, Allison Baird, Edward Rutherford, Anne Cameron. Historical fiction for adults, historical fiction for teens.

Collected Magazine Articles about early American History before 1800

Novels about Prehistoric Peoples – Collection

About 220 historical novels about Prehistoric Peoples. Historical Fiction authors who wrote about Prehistoric peoples include: Jean M. Auel, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Stephen Baxter, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mordicai Gerstein, Richard Adams, J. H. Brennan, Robert E. Swindells, Barbara Wood. Historical fiction for young adults.

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Novels about Historic India

About 20 historical novels about India. Authors who wrote historical novels about India: Renee Bernard, Bernard Cornwell, Paul Scott, Edmund Candler, Amitav Ghosh, Kyril Bonfiglioli, Mukul Kesavan, Philip McCutchan, Lynn Kerstan, Keith Robertson, Thalassa Ali, Bali Rai, Richard Moverley, Bapsi Sidhwa, Rohinton Mistry, M. M. Kaye, Libba Bray.

Historical Fiction America

About 370 novels – historical fiction America. Authors who wrote historical novels set in the U.S. include: Christopher Paul Curtis, Diana Gabaldon, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pat McKissack, Danielle Steel, William O. Steele, Marita Conlon-McKenna, Esther Forbes, Lee Smith, D’Arcy McNickle. What is historical fiction, historical fiction books.

Historical Novels set in the 20th century – Collection – Downloadable Books for Free

About 170 free historical fiction books set in the 20th century. Includes books for young people. Authors who wrote historical novels set in the 20th century include: Pat McKissack, Sharon E. McKay, Jennie Walters, Paul Scott, Jeffrey Archer, Ruta Sepetys, Roland Smith, Calvin A. Ramsey, Megan McDonald, Lila Perl, Sandi Toksvig, Barbara Greenwood, Annika Thor.

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Historical Fiction Civil War – Free Online Novels

About 240 novels of historical fiction Civil War. (1861-1865). Authors who wrote historical novels set in the U.S. Civil War include: James Reasoner, Jocelyn Green, Cameron Judd, Harry Turtledove, Irene Hunt, William O. Steele, Candace Camp, Phyllis Hall Haislip, Margaret Mitchell, Lauren Tarshis, MacKinlay Kantor, Robert Vaughan, Robert Conroy.

Historical Novels about Frontier and Pioneer Life – Downloadable Books for Free

About 85 historical novels about Frontier and Pioneer Life. Authors who wrote historical novels about the frontier and pioneer life include: Tom Roulstone, Bess Streeter Aldrich, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Sharon Gillenwater, A. LaFaye, JoAnn A. Grote, Amy Rogulie, Terry C. Johnston, Janette Oke, Kathleen Duey, Thomas Pynchon.

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Historical Novels – Collection

About 2,000 free historical novels online at the Internet Archive. Some authors of books that you can read online: Judith McNaught, Loretta Chase really good reads, Wilbur Smith top books, Christopher Paul Curtis, Diane Gabaldon, Thomas Pynchon bestsellers, Susan Wiggs, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie , Herman Hesse recommended books to read, Winston Graham, T. H. White’s interesting books, and author Paul Scott’s books. Read full length books online free by Jeffrey Archer, and free scanned books by Ken Follett. Free Historical novels online, United States historical fiction ebooks, African American historical fiction.

We have an enormous collection of free U.S. history books

Historical Fiction World War II – Collection

About 320 novels Historical fiction World War 2 at the Internet Archive. Some authors: Justin Richards, John Boyne, William Boyd, Aharon Appelfeld, Primo Levi, Alexander Baron, Alistair MacLean, Irwin Shaw, Joy Kogawa, Eric Walters, Helen Wells, Anne Michaels, John Steinbeck, Harry Turledove, Alexander Fullerton, Douglas Reeman, Christopher Hyde, Ross MacDonald. Historical fiction World War 2.

Articles on Popular Culture in the Victorian Era

Collected links here at Century Past to articles about popular culture in the Victorian era (late 1800s). Topics include fashion, food, recreation and more. The articles were found in leading magazines and newspapers.

Photos from Historic Britain and Ireland

Collected links here at Century Past to selected photography collections from the late 1800s & early 1900s in the UK and Ireland.


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American Historical Fiction: An annotated guide to novels for adults and young adults – Reading Guides

Adamson, Lynda G.
Oryx 1999

This book and its complement (World Historical Fiction) fill a gap in the bibliographic reference shelf by identifying historical novels for both adult and young adult readers. The newest titles, as well as old favorites, are covered and books that are appropriate for young adults are indicated. Each volume is indexed by author, title, genre, subject, and geographic setting for ease of reference. Historical fiction for young adults, historical fiction books list, reading guide.

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World Historical Fiction: An annotated guide to novels for adults and young adults – Reading Guides

Adamson, Lynda G.
Oryx 1999

This book and its complement (American Historical Fiction) fill a gap in the bibliographic reference shelf by identifying historical novels for both adult and young adult readers. World Historical Fiction contains over 6,000 novels set outside the U.S. The newest titles, as well as old favorites, are covered and books that are appropriate for young adults are indicated. Each volume is indexed by author, title, genre, subject, and geographic setting for ease of reference. Historical fiction books list, reading guide.

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A Guide to Historical Fiction – Reading Guides

Baker, Ernest Albert
Routledge 1914

Lists about five thousand novels which in any way portray the life of the past, including medieval romances and novels of manners, as well as avowedly historical novels. The arrangement is first by country and then chronologically by the historical period illustrated. Brief descriptive notes and a full index. The best and most comprehensive list yet published.
— American Library Association Catalog 1926. What is historical fiction, reading guides.

A Guide to British Historical Fiction – Reading Guides

Buckley, John Anthony and Williams, W. T.,
Harrap 1912

“The list, which is representative and not exhaustive, has been compiled with a view to illustrating every phase of British History to which reference is usually made in an ordinary School course.”- from the Forward.

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European War Fiction in English and Personal Narratives; Bibliographies – Historical Fiction Book Lists

Dawson, Loleta and Hunting, Marion Davis
Faxon 1921

Part 1 contains 320 briefly annotated works of fiction; all are about World War I and set primarily between August 1914 and November 1918. They are organized by country. At the end of Part 1 is an index by author.

Part 2 is a bibliography of personal narratives of the war. All items are briefly annotated, and only those narratives considered by the compiler to have lasting value were included. There appear to be at least 400 books and articles in Part 2.

World Historical Fiction Guide – Reading Guides

an annotated chronological, geographical and topical list of selected historical novels

McGarry, Daniel D.
Scarecrow 1973

Historical fiction reading guide.

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Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales – Reading Guides

Nield, Jonathan
Putnam 1925

Contains virtually all the historical novels in the English language or which have been translated into English, classified according to period treated, and arranged in columns under title, author and publisher, and subject. Juvenile and especially good books are indicated. No notes. Several bibliographies and author and title indexes.- American Library Association. Catalog 1926. Historical Fiction books best reading guides.

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