It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
Today’s topic is a “Back to School” Freebie! I’m taking a suggested idea of Books to Complement a History Lesson and turning it into a list of true history in fiction. I enjoy historical fiction — especially when I’m learning something new through story. I am allowing myself to go a *little* over 10 books (I’m listing 18 books in total). I hope you find a new era or event you’re interested in learning more about!
Wait, that’s a true story? True History in Fiction
Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
1520s The early Protestant Reformation and the true-life romance between the prominent protestant reformation starter Martin Luther and former Catholic nun Katharina von Bora.
The “Steadfast Love” series by Rachelle Rea Cobb
The Sound of Diamonds | The Sound of Silver | The Sound of Emeralds
1566 A Catholic girl’s changing perspective in Protestant Reformation-Era England.
The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green
1719-22 Early French settlement of New Orleans and the Louisiana area.
The “Pathfinders” duology by Lori Benton
The Wood’s Edge | A Flight of Arrows
1757-1777 New York settlement and Native American involvement in Revolutionary War.
A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz
1777 Kentucky wilderness during the early American frontier– plus a little of Daniel Boone’s personal influence on its settlement.
The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton
1787 The “State of Franklin” dispute in the Appalachians and western North Carolina.
With You Always by Jody Hedlund
1857 The “orphan train” era, including working conditions and an inside look at poverty in immigrant communities of NYC.
The Sentinels of Andersonville by Tracy Groot
1864 Andersonville prison in Georgia and its conditions toward the end of the Civil War.
The “Penned in Time” series by Pepper D. Basham
The Thorn Bearer | The Thorn Keeper | The Thorn Healer
1910s WWI England and post-war America, including the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, events on the England homefront, and a German internment camp in the Appalachians.
High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin
1917 WWI Belgium, with secret spy networks and methods (the heroine was inspired by 3 different real women).
Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot
1940 England and Dunkirk, France during the WWII evacuation event.
The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
1940s WWII Auschwitz and the role of Jewish musicians/artists in concentration camps.
With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall
1941-45 America and Europe, late WWII conditions from a nurse and doctor’s perspectives. Fun fact: The couple in this story is based on the real-life parents of the author and includes much of their real-life correspondence during the war.
As always, thank you for reading!
What did you pick for this back-to-school week? Have you read any of the books on my list? What is your favorite era/setting for historical fiction? Do share in the comments!