Posted by Leslie at Jul 14, 2012 6:00 am
Lately I’ve been on a historical fiction kick. Not romance, necessarily (although one series I’m into reads like romance) but really fascinating historical stuff nonetheless.
First off, I’m totally digging Hillary Mantel’s series about Thomas Cromwell, from whose point of view you see the Henry VIII story. The first book, Wolf Hall, won all kinds of awards, but I found it a bit awkward in places. The second book, though, Bring Up The Bodies, was fabulous! Having played Anne Boleyn on stage, I’ve always had an affinity for her story, but seeing her through Cromwell’s eyes was just fascinating.
I’ve also been reading Elizabeth Chadwick’s series about William Marshal, who was a famous knight in the Henry II/Eleanor of Acquitaine, Richard the Lionheart, John I era. The first book, The Greatest Knight, was really good. The sequel, The Scarlet Lion, was super good and very romantic, detailing Marshal’s marriage to the beautiful Isabelle.
So what about you? Do you like historical fiction?
What are you reading?