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Historical fiction

See below for a selection of the latest books from Historical fiction category. Presented with a red border are the Historical fiction books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Historical fiction books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

In the Palace of Flowers

In the Palace of Flowers

Author: Victoria Princewill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/02/2021

Set in Iran at the end of the 19th Century --in the Persian royal court of the Qajars--, In The Palace of Flowers is an atmospheric historical novel about Jamila, an Abyssinian slave who stands at the funeral of a Persian nobleman, watching the rites with empty eyes. In that very moment, she realises that her life will never be acknowledged or mourned with the same significance. The fear of being forgotten, of being irrelevant, sets her and Abimelech, a fellow Abyssinian slave and a eunuch, on a path to find meaning, navigating the dangerous and deadly politics of the royal court, both in the government and the harem, before leading her to the radicals that lie beyond its walls. Love, friendship and the bitter politics within the harem, the court and the Shah's sons and advisors will set the fate of these two slaves. Highly accomplished, richly textured and elegantly written, In The Palace of Flowers is a magnificent novel about the fear of being forgotten.

The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons

The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons

Author: Mark Edward Lewis, Brigitte Baptandier Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/02/2021

The Lady of Linshui-the goddess of women, childbirth, and childhood-is still venerated in south China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Her story evolved from the life of Chen Jinggu in the eighth century and blossomed in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) into vernacular short fiction, legends, plays, sutras, and stele inscriptions at temples where she is worshipped. The full-length novel The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons narrates Chen Jinggu's lifelong struggle with and eventual triumph over her spirit double and rival, the White Snake demon. Among accounts of goddesses in late imperial China, this work is unique in its focus on the physical aspects of womanhood, especially the dangers of childbirth, and in its dramatization of the contradictory nature of Chinese divinities. This unabridged, annotated translation provides insights into late imperial Chinese religion, the lives of women, and the structure of families and local society.

The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons

The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons

Author: Mark Edward Lewis, Brigitte Baptandier Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2021

The Lady of Linshui-the goddess of women, childbirth, and childhood-is still venerated in south China, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. Her story evolved from the life of Chen Jinggu in the eighth century and blossomed in the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) into vernacular short fiction, legends, plays, sutras, and stele inscriptions at temples where she is worshipped. The full-length novel The Lady of Linshui Pacifies Demons narrates Chen Jinggu's lifelong struggle with and eventual triumph over her spirit double and rival, the White Snake demon. Among accounts of goddesses in late imperial China, this work is unique in its focus on the physical aspects of womanhood, especially the dangers of childbirth, and in its dramatization of the contradictory nature of Chinese divinities. This unabridged, annotated translation provides insights into late imperial Chinese religion, the lives of women, and the structure of families and local society.

The Invisible Woman

The Invisible Woman

Author: Erika Robuck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2021

Ralph Compton The Empire Trail

Ralph Compton The Empire Trail

Author: Jeff Rovin, Ralph Compton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2021

Ralph Compton Face Of A Snake

Ralph Compton Face Of A Snake

Author: Bernard Schaffer, Ralph Compton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2021

Masque Of Honor

Masque Of Honor

Author: Sharon Virts Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/02/2021

Chaucer's Poetics and the Modern Reader

Chaucer's Poetics and the Modern Reader

Author: Robert M. Jordan Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1987.

Chaucer's Poetics and the Modern Reader

Chaucer's Poetics and the Modern Reader

Author: Robert M. Jordan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/02/2021

This title is part of UC Press's Voices Revived program, which commemorates University of California Press's mission to seek out and cultivate the brightest minds and give them voice, reach, and impact. Drawing on a backlist dating to 1893, Voices Revived makes high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarship accessible once again using print-on-demand technology. This title was originally published in 1987.

Pippo and Clara

Pippo and Clara

Author: Diana Rosie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A country torn apart by war. Two siblings divided by fate. Italy, 1938. Mussolini is in power and war is not far away . . . Clara and Pippo are just children: quiet, thoughtful Clara is the older sister; Pippo, the younger brother, is forever chatting. The family has only recently arrived in the city carrying their few possessions. When Mamma goes missing early one morning, both Clara and Pippo go in search of her. Clara turns right; Pippo left. As a result of the choices they make that morning, their lives will be changed forever. Diana Rosie's Pippo and Clara tells the story of a family and a country divided. But will Clara and Pippo - and their mother - find each other again?

The Nature Of Fragile Things

The Nature Of Fragile Things

Author: Susan Meissner Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Light Perpetual

Light Perpetual

Author: Francis (author) Spufford Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2021

November 1944. A German rocket incinerates a South London household-goods store, and five young lives are atomised in an instant. Jo and Valerie and Alec and Ben and Vernon are gone. But what if it were possible to resurrect them - to let them experience the extraordinary, unimaginable changes of the twentieth century; to live out all the personal triumphs and disasters, the second chances and redemptions denied them? What kind of future would there be for clever, impulsive Alec? What would happen to Val in the world of men, beckoning beyond her all-female household? What would become of Vern's greed - and his helplessness in the face of song? Would light or darkness fill Ben's fragile mind? And where would Jo go, with the music playing in her head? Ingenious and profound, full of warmth and beauty, Light Perpetual is a story of the everyday, the miraculous and the everlasting - a sweeping and intimate celebration of the gift of life.