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Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end.
Caught in the deadly world of the Renaissance's most notorious family, three outsiders must decide if they will flee the dangerous dream of power.
The Borgia family begins its legendary rise, chronicled by an innocent girl who finds herself drawn into their dangerous web.
The lives of an ambitious soldier, a patrician heiress and a future emperor fatefully intersect.
The Year of Four Emperors - and four very different women struggling to survive
A brilliant and paranoid Emperor, a wary and passionate slave girl who will survive?

Ave Historia: An irreverent look at historical fiction today: books trends, historical tidbits, and random tangents

Ladies of History

November 19, 2009

Tags: Elizabeth I, Boudicca, Pauline Gedge, Eagle and the Raven, Judith Merkle Riley, The Oracle Glass, Katie Nolan, Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Edith Pargeter, Heaven Tree, Livia, Robert Graves, I Claudius, Scarlett O' Hara, Margaret Mitchell, Gone With The Wind, Susan Isaacs, Shining Through, George R.R. Martin, Song of Fire and Ice, Arya Stark, Brienne of Tarth

Last time around, I made a list of the hunks of historical fiction who have warmed my heart. Id hate to be accused of being unfair to the boys out there, so heres a list of the female heroines of historical fiction who make the hearts of men go pitter-pat, and had me vowing as a child to grow up more like them: (more…)

Stretching The Bounds

August 3, 2009

Tags: fantasy, George R.R. Martin, Song of Fire and Ice, Tolkien

I enjoy fantasy, but I always approach it warily. So much of it is a retread: a band of heroes trekking across a vaguely medieval landscape in search of some magical McGuffin that will save the world. Swords, magic, quests; valiant heroes, scheming wizards, lovely ladies. The best fantasy novels exemplify the genre and (more…)