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The English Teacher's List of Great Historical Fiction - 2020 Update

Our maverick English Teacher and genre enthusiast updates a previous list of great historical fiction. For the purpose of this list, he defines historical fiction as fiction that is consciously set in an historical epoch other than that in which the author is writing., and that makes a serious attempt at being historically accurate. Under this definition, "A Tale of Two Cities", for example, is historical fiction While "Bleak House" is not. It is for that reason that works like "The Grapes of Wrath" and the Sherlock Holmes series are not included.
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11/22/63 (Stephen King)
11/22/63 (Stephen King)
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The Accomplice (Kanon)
The Accomplice (Kanon)
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The Alienist (Caleb Carr)
The Alienist (Caleb Carr)
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All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See
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The Angel of Darkness (Caleb Carr)
The Angel of Darkness (Caleb Carr)
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April Morning (Howard Fast)
April Morning (Howard Fast)
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Aubrey/Maturin Series
Aubrey/Maturin Series
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August 1914, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
August 1914, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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Ben-Hur (Lew Wallace)
Ben-Hur (Lew Wallace)
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The Big Sky (A. B. Guthrie)
The Big Sky (A. B. Guthrie)
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Black Hills (Dan Simmons)
Black Hills (Dan Simmons)
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Blackout/All Clear
Blackout/All Clear
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The Blue Max (Jack D. Hunter)
The Blue Max (Jack D. Hunter)
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The Book Thief
The Book Thief
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Botany Bay (Charles Nordhoff)
Botany Bay (Charles Nordhoff)
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The Breaker (Denton)
The Breaker (Denton)
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The Bull From the Sea (Mary Renault)
The Bull From the Sea (Mary Renault)
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Centennial (James A. Michener)
Centennial (James A. Michener)
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Citizen Tom Paine (Howard Fast)
Citizen Tom Paine (Howard Fast)
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Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
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The Crook Factory (Simmons)
The Crook Factory (Simmons)
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Das Boot (Lothar Gunther Buchheim)
Das Boot (Lothar Gunther Buchheim)
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Drood (Simmons)
Drood (Simmons)
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Drums Along the Mohawk (Walter D. Edmonds)
Drums Along the Mohawk (Walter D. Edmonds)
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The Egyptian (Mika Waltari)
The Egyptian (Mika Waltari)
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The Egyptian Necklace (Palmer)
The Egyptian Necklace (Palmer)
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Exodus
Exodus
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Fall of Giants (Ken Follett)
Fall of Giants (Ken Follett)
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The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Firebrand by Marion Zimmer Bradley
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Freedom or Death (Kazantzakis)
Freedom or Death (Kazantzakis)
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Gates of Fire
Gates of Fire
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The Good German (Joseph Kanon)
The Good German (Joseph Kanon)
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The Greenlanders (Jane Smiley)
The Greenlanders (Jane Smiley)
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Hawaii (James. A. Michener)
Hawaii (James. A. Michener)
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Hornblower (C S Forester)
Hornblower (C S Forester)
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I, Claudius
I, Claudius
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In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages (Hella S. Haasse)
In a Dark Wood Wandering: A Novel of the Middle Ages (Hella S. Haasse)
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In Sunlight and in Shadow (Mark Helprin)
In Sunlight and in Shadow (Mark Helprin)
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The Inheritors, William Golding (1955)
The Inheritors, William Golding (1955)
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Jamaica Inn (Daphne Du Maurier)
Jamaica Inn (Daphne Du Maurier)
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