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Best Historical Fiction

The best historical fiction books as voted on by Goodreads readers and then some. Historical fiction are novels that re-create a period or event in history and often use historical figures as some of its characters. To be deemed historical, a novel must have been written at least fifty years after the events described. Series have been combined.
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Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
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Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
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The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
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The Book Thief
The Book Thief
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The Other Boelyn Girl
The Other Boelyn Girl
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The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
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A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
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Girl With a Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)
Girl With a Pearl Earring (Tracy Chevalier)
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The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
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Shogun (James Clavell)
Shogun (James Clavell)
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The Historian
The Historian
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The Thorn Birds
The Thorn Birds
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The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean Auel)
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The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
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The Name of the Rose
The Name of the Rose
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Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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Lonesome Dove
Lonesome Dove
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The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
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Roots
Roots
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Cold Mountain
Cold Mountain
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War and Peace
War and Peace
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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
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Year of Wonders
Year of Wonders
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I, Claudius
I, Claudius
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The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
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East of Eden
East of Eden
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The Killer Angels
The Killer Angels
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The Crucible
The Crucible
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The Alienist
The Alienist
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Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
Atonement (Ian Mcewan)
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Katherine
Katherine
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Sarah's Key
Sarah's Key
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Like Water for Chocolate
Like Water for Chocolate
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
One Hundred Years of Solitude
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Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
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The English Patient
The English Patient
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Exodus
Exodus
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