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Historical Fiction Books Online – Collection – Read Full Length Books Online Free

Nearly 2,000 historical fiction books online 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 authors of free Historical Fiction. Classic historical fiction eBooks. Novel online full, full-length books online free, historical literary fiction ebooks, free historical novels online, African American historical fiction ebooks, historical thriller eBooks, and United States historical fiction eBooks. We have historical romance novels free online on another page.

‘Collections’ take longer to appear on your screen than single books.  On a phone, only about 25 books in a collection may appear.

Free Historical Novels Online – Collection – Free Online Novels

About 800 free historical fiction books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Fiction – Historical”. Some authors: Eleanor Coerr, Jean Auel, and really good books by Johanna Lindsey. James Lincoln Collier, Robert Lawson really good reads, scanned books by Wilbur Smith, Suzanne Weyn digital books free, author Anya Seton’s books that you can read online for free, Michael Punke popular books, Margaret George, Paullina Simons books on online, and books that are free from Laura Ingalls Wilder. Read Historical novels online, African American historical fiction ebooks, read full books online, free historical novels online, United States historical fiction eBooks. We have reading guides to historical fiction as well as reading guides for other fiction genres.

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Historical Fiction set in Great Britain

About 400 historical novels set in Great Britain. Some historical fiction writers here: Julia Quinn, Philippa Gregory, Michael Morpurgo, Jack Whyte, Stephanie Laurens, Hilary Mantel, Diana Gabaldon, Kazuo Ishiguro, Winston Graham, Julie Garwood, Georgette Heyer, Bernard Cornwell, Jeffrey Archer, Alison Prince, Kathleen Baldwin, Robert Muchamore, Michelle Paver, P. C. Doherty, Jacqueline Wilson, Victoria Dahl, Jacqueline Winspear, Barbara Cartland, Ken Follett.

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Historical Fiction set in the Roman Empire

About 400 historical novels set (mostly) in the Roman Empire. Some historical fiction authors of books set in the Roman Empire: Robert Graves, Steven Saylor, Kate Quinn, Simon Scarrow, Vicky Alvear Shecter, Lindsey Davis, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Robert Harris, Richard Platt, Lynn Reid Banks, Arbiter Petronius, Gary Northfield, Harry Sidebottom, David Grimstone, Richard Blake, Conn Igulden.

Historical Fiction Books Free – American Revolution

About 180 historical novels set in the American Revolution (1775-1783). Some historical fiction authors of books set in the American Revolution: Bernard Cornwell, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Christine Blevins, Connie Brummel Crook, Howard Fast, James Fenimore Cooper, James L. Nelson, Katy Simpson Smith, Zane Grey, J. M. Hochstetler, Richard J. Berleth, Sharyn McCrumb, Sharon Salvato, William J. Wolf.

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Historical Novels about African Americans

About 80 historical novels about African Americans. Some historical fiction authors of books about African Americans: Toni Morrison, Alex Haley, Charles Johnson, Maurine Dahlberg, Wes Tooke, Jeri Watts, Harriette Robinet, Nancy Rawles, Pat McKissack, Gigi Amateau, Sandra Forrester, Ishmael Reed, Susan Meyer, William Cobb, Phil Bildner, Edward P. Jones, Caryl Phillips.

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Historical Novels about Native Americans

About 60 historical novels about Native Americans. Some historical fiction authors of books about Native Americans: Hadley Irwin, Patricia Calvert, Janet Beeler Shaw, Devon Mihesuah, Don Coldsmith, W. Michael Gear, Terry C. Johnston, Timm Tingle, Janet Beeler Shaw, John Bierhorst, Stanley Applegate, Elizabeth George Speare, James Fenimore Cooper, N. Scott Momaday, Elizabeth Cook-Lynn, Joseph Bruchac, Sue Harrison, Tomie DePaola.

Historical Novels about Ancient Celts

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, Ciaran Carson, Jeffrey Gantz, Nora Roberts, Darren Shan, Kate Horsley, Lori Leigh, Joseph Delaney, Steve Lawhead, Guy Gavriel Kay, Randy Lee Eickhoff, Allison Baird, Edward Rutherford, Anne Cameron.

Collected Magazine Articles about early American History before 1800

Historical Novels about Prehistoric Peoples

About 220 historical novels about Prehistoric Peoples. Historical Fiction authors who wrote about Prehistoric peoples include: Jean M. Auel, Kathleen O’Neal Gear, Michelle Paver, Justin Denzel, Joan Wolf, Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, W. Michael Gear, Kathleen O’Neal, Sue Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mordicai Gerstein, Richard Adams, J. H. Brennan, Robert E. Swindells, Barbara Wood.

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Historical Novels about 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 set in the U.S.

About 370 historical novels set (mostly) in the U.S. 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, N. Scott Momaday, Katie McCurdy, Mary Lu Tyndall, Thomas Pynchon, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Patricia Reilly Giff, Esther Forbes, Lee Smith, D’Arcy McNickle.

Historical Fiction set in the 20th century – Collection

About 170 free historical novels 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, Jacques Couvillon, Khaled Hosseini, Cissy Lacks, Roland Smith, Calvin A. Ramsey, Megan McDonald, Lila Perl, Sandi Toksvig, Barbara Greenwood, Annika Thor.

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Historical Fiction set in the American Civil War

About 240 historical novels set in the U.S. 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, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, Cheryl Reavis, Stephen Crane, Elswyth Thane, Anna Myers, Margaret Mitchell, Lauren Tarshis, MacKinlay Kantor, Robert Vaughan, Robert Conroy.

Historical Novels about Frontier and Pioneer Life

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, Peter Matthiessen, Dana Fuller Ross, John Jakes, Alan Morris, Pam Crooks, Patricia Calvert, Hadley Irwin, Sharon Gillenwater, A. LaFaye, JoAnn A. Grote, Amy Rogulie, Terry C. Johnston, Janette Oke, Kathleen Duey, Thomas Pynchon.

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Historical Fiction Books Free – 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 many free U.S. history books

World War II Fiction – Collection

About 320 free online novels on World War 2 at the Internet Archive. Some authors: Justin Richards, John Boyne, William Boyd, Aharon Appelfeld, Mary Nichols, Beatriz Williams, Francine Mathews, Guy Saville, Jason Hewitt, Michael Ridpath, Emma Fraser, Sebastian Faulks, Clare Harvey, Alan Gold, Otto de Kat, Lila Perl, Joseph Boyden, Tony Johnston, Jojo Moyes, Thomas Keneally, Primo Levi, Alexander Baron, Alistair MacLean, Irwin Shaw, Joy Kogawa, Eric Walters, Helen Wells, Anne Michaels, Evelyn Waugh, Sam Llewellyn, Alexander Fullerton, John Steinbeck, Harry Turledove, Alexander Fullerton, Douglas Reeman, Christopher Hyde, Ross MacDonald.


Guides to Historical Fiction & Bibliographies

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

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. Children’s American historical fiction ebooks. Literary Criticism / Books & Reading, Historical fiction — Bibliography. Read novels online for free no download.

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

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. Children’s historical fiction ebooks, Literary Criticism / Books & Reading, Historical fiction — Bibliography.

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A Guide to Historical Fiction

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.
— A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Fiction history, Historical fiction — Indexes, Historical fiction — Bibliography, children’s American historical fiction ebooks.

A Guide to British Historical Fiction

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. Download books free.

World history books PDF

European War Fiction in English and Personal Narratives; Bibliographies

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.

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World Historical Fiction Guide

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

McGarry, Daniel D.
Scarecrow 1973

Historical fiction — Indexes, Historical fiction — Bibliography. Download books free.

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Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales

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.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Vintage novels.

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