Reading Club

I assume you're here at this website because you like my books. Good. And that also means you might like the books I enjoy reading, and that all of us might enjoy the books that you read, so this is simply a place where we can exchange news of books - any books - not just historical novels. Tell us if you've read something wonderful and entertaining, and we'll post your recommendations and reviews here. And, please, let us know what you think of these recommendations!

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THE BONE PEDLAR

Written by: Sylvian Hamilton

Published by: Orion 2000

Submitted By: michael pullin

Witty to the very edge of “pythonesque”, the bone pedlar is the story of Sir Richard Straccan and his motley crew of medieval “relic hunters”. It features Witchcraft, lunatics, whores and a feast of naughty people. It is the first…

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THE SPARROW

Written by: Mary Doria Russell

Published by: Black Swan

Submitted By: Barry Cunningham

I came across this book by chance and I was so glad I did. Few books have gripped me so well so early. Science Fiction? Fantasy? Some might pigeon hole it. It is an amazing adventure with a wonderful cast….

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KEMP; PASSAGE AT ARMS

Written by: Daniel Hall

Published by: Orion

Submitted By: Neil

The adventures of Martin Kemp, a foot soldier and archer during the Hundred Years War. An excellent novel set in the same period as “Harlequin”.

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THE ROAD TO CRECY

Written by: Daniel Hall

Published by: Orion

Submitted By: Neil

The adventures of Martin Kemp; foot soldier and archer during the Hundred Years War. An excellent novel set in the same time period as ‘Harlequin’.

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GATES OF FIRE

Written by: Stephen Pressfield

Published by: Bantam Books

Submitted By: david dildy

“Gates of Fire” tells the story of the epic stand of Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at Thermopylae. The story is told from the viewpoint of Xeones, a gravely-wounded Spartan squire captured by the Persians. Pressfield has not only created…

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A BLOODLINE OF KINGS

Written by: Thomas Sundell

Published by: Crow Woods Publishing

Submitted By: Bernard

This is a privately published historical novel, so it may not be easily available in your local bookshop, but if you like an old-fashioned, seriously written, superbly researched saga then give this one a try. It tells the tale of…

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SARUM

Written by: Edward Rutherford

Published by: Ivy Books

Submitted By: Michael Luchinsky

The author traces the history of five families in southern England (Salisbury) from the Ice age to the present in this lengthy book. One of my favorites.

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THE SUNNE IN SPLENDOR

Written by: Sharon Kay Penman

Published by: Penguin Books

Submitted By: Michael Luchinsky

A novel of Richard III and his brother, Edward IV during 15th century England.

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THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH

Written by: Ken Follet

Published by: New American Library

Submitted By: Michael Luchinsky

An epic story of the building of a cathedral in twelfth century England, and the many characters involved in the undertaking.

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