Historical Fiction


Historical Fiction in the Americas

Historical Novels of Latin America (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 50 historical novels in these separate categories: Pre-Columbian Latin America and the Spanish Conquest; Aztec Mystery Novels; and 17th-20th Century Latin America.

American Historical Fiction (Nola Magneson, Kearns Library, Salt Lake County Library System, UT): 10-page PDF. Lists and describes about 45 books, within various time periods and events, including Colonial, Gold Rush, Pioneers, Civil War Era, Turn of the Century, etc. Compiled April 2001, updated Sept. 2005.

American Historical Fiction of the 17th-19th Centuries (Davenport Public Library, IA): Author and title only for over 80 books, listed by time period from Colonial America to Frontier and Pioneer Life.

American Historical Fiction 1600 to 1890 (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): Author, title, and summary for about 20 books, in order by author's last name. Updated May 2004.

Historical Fiction - Colonial Period (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author and title listed only for about 15 books/series, from James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer to Marly Youmans' Catherwood.

Declaration of Independence Fiction (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title, summary for a dozen novels about American history, from Harriette Simpson Arnow's The Kentucky Trace: A Novel of the American Revolution to John Nichols' The Milagro Beanfield War.

Novels of the American Old West (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 275 historical novels in these separate categories: Cattlemen, Gunfighters and Outlaws; Native Americans; Explorers, Trappers and Mountain Men; Settlers Moving West; California and the Gold Rush; The Southwest, Texas and the Texas Revolution; and Old West Mysteries.

Historical Fiction - Frontier and Pioneer Life (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author and title listed only for over 30 books/series, from Bess Aldrich's Spring Came on Forever to Nancy Turner's These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901.

Historical and Period Fiction Set in Texas (San Antonio Public Library, TX): About 25 novels of historical fiction set in Texas, from James Lee Burke's Two for Texas (set 1835-36) to Jane Roberts Wood's The Train to Estelline (set 1911). Author, title, publication year, summary for each.

Frontier and Pioneer Life (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Lists 12 titles with author and summaries of each title, 'to give you a taste of what it was like to live in the United States during the days of the pioneers.' From O Pioneers by Willa Cather to Spring Came on Forever by Bess Streeter Aldrich.

Tales of the American Frontier (Tempe Public Library, AZ): Author/title only for about 30 novels in alphabetical order by author, from Blood Brother by Eliot Arnold to The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains by Owen Wister.

Pioneer Women's Diaries (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Authors and titles (and a few annotations) for 5 non-fiction and over 15 fiction titles.

Rugged Ladies: Women of the Frontier (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for about 30 novels about pioneer women, from Jessie by Judy Alter The Wedding Dress by Carrie Young, plus some non-fiction books. Compiled Feb. 2001.

Wild Wild Western Women (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Lists more than 15 titles with author and summaries of each title. From Belle Starr by Speer Morgan to Women of the West: An Anthology of Short Stories by Kathryn Ptacek.

Books About Pioneer Women (Bay County Library System, MI): Author and title only for 5 non-fiction and 11 fiction works about pioneer women, including True Women by Janice Woods Windle and Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati.

Fiction Set in 1930s America (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author and title only for over 25 novels set in American in the 1930s, from Alice Adams's A Southern Exposure to John Yount's Hardcastle.

Celebrate the Seventies (Memorial Hall Library, Andover MA): 2-page PDF list. Author, title, pub. year, and summary for more than 15 novels, from Alfred Acorn's The Long Run of Myles Mayberry to April Sinclair's Ain't Gonna Be the Same Fool Twice. July 2005.

The Way We Were: American Nostalgia (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): A list of 30 titles with author and summaries of each title. Fiction and non-fiction similar to John Grisham's The Painted House. From Apes and Angels by Phillip Appleman to The Year the Lights Came On by Terry Kay.

African Americans in Historical Fiction (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Au thors and title only (no summaries) for about 25 historical novels with African American characters.

California Historical Fiction (Marin County Free Library, CA): Two-page PDF file. Author, title, publication year, and summary for 15 recommended books, from The Bear Flag by Cecelia Holland to What You Owe Me by Bebe Moore Campbell. Compiled Sept. 2002.

PRESIDENTIAL FICTION

See Biography / Autobiography - Presidential Fiction.

Historical Fiction in Europe, Britain, and Asia

A List of Fiction for Students of History: Ancient and Medieval (ORB, J.S. Arkenberg): Lists fiction titles, author, publication year by setting/time: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient India, Ancient China, Japan, Pre-Columbian America, Ancient Israel and Medieval Judaism, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Early Christianity, Islam, Medieval Europe. Over 350 titles in all. Mysteries are noted.

Historical European Fiction (Jennifer M. Einwalter, Fiction-L): A list of recommended series, authors, and titles in this subgenre. About 40 authors listed.

The Ottoman Empire (Multnomah County Library, OR): Fiction and Non-Fiction: art and architecture, food, history and biography, literature, and music -- of the Ottoman Empire (Turkey, 1280-1923). About 20 fiction titles listed, from Tariq Ali's The Stone Woman to Leonard Wolf's The False Messiah. Summaries for fiction, not for non-fiction.

Historical English Novels (Tempe Public Library, AZ): Author, title, publication year, and summary for about 40 novels set in the 12th, 14th, 15th, and 16 centuries.

Novels of Medieval Europe (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 550 historical novels in these separate categories: Medieval British Isles; Medieval British Isles: Mystery Novels; Medieval Europe: The Continent; Medieval European Continent: Mystery Novels; The Byzantine Empire; The Byzantine Empire: Mystery Novels; Scandinavia and the Vikings.

Recent Medieval Fiction (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): 'This booklist focuses on novels whose plots are set during the era known as The Middle Ages or The Medieval Period. The Middle Ages in Europe are considered to be the years from about the 400s (following the collapse of the Roman Empire) through the 1400s (the beginning of The Renaissance).' This list focuses on novels published in the 1990s and 2000s. Author, title, pub. year, and webcat link for 65 books, from Ann Benson's Burning Road to Joan Wolf's No Dark Place. Compiled April 2004; updated June 2004.

Novels of The Renaissance (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 170 historical novels in these separate categories: The British Isles in Tudor and Elizabethan Times; Tudor and Elizabethan Mysteries; Reformation and Renaissance Europe: The Continent; and Reformation and Renaissance Mysteries.

Elizabeth R: Novels About Queen Elizabeth I (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Lists 16 novels, with author, publication info, and summary for each title, from Margaret Irwin's Young Bess (1948, first in a trilogy) to Karen Harper's The Tidal Pool (2000). Also list of other books about Elizabeth.

Elizabeth I: The Queen in Question (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and title only (no summaries) for about 20 novels featuring Elizabeth, from Women of Ashdon by Valerie Anand to Knaves Templar by Leonard Tourney. Series are noted. Compiled Feb. 1999.

Novels of the 17th Century in the British Isles, Europe and North America (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 160 historical novels in these separate categories: The British Isles and North America in the 17th Century; Mysteries: 17th Century Britain; Continental Europe and North America in the 17th Century; Mysteries: 17th Century European Continent.

Novels of the 18th Century in the British Isles, Europe, and North America (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 200 historical novels in these separate categories: The British Isles in the 18th Century; Mysteries: 18th Century Britain; Continental Europe in the 18th Century; Mysteries: 18th Century European Continent; North America in the 18th Century; Mysteries: 18th Century North America.

Historical Novels of Asia (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 200 historical novels in these separate categories: China; Mysteries set in China; Japan; Mysteries set in Japan; Korea, Mongolia, Tibet and Nepal; Southeast Asia.

Historical Novels of India (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 40 historical novels in these separate categories: Ancient, Golden Age and Pre-Colonial India; Colonial and Post-Colonial India; Burma and Ceylon [now Sri Lanka].

Once Upon a Time: Fiction About Royalty (Addison Public Library, IL): Author, title, webcatalog link, and notation about which member of royalty (all are British) for 13 books. Compiled Sept. 2000.

Richard III: The Most Notorious English King (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and page count for 15 novels , from Valerie Anand's Crown of Roses to Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time.

Historical Fiction of Prehistoric/Ancient Times

Prehistoric Fiction Bibliography: Lists almost 1,000 books in which prehistory features. Also chronological and title indexes. Provides author, title, publication info, summaries for many, book cover images for some. From the same site, a list of Prehistoric series, with author and titles of books by publication date.

Novels Set in Prehistoric Times (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 50 historical novels in these separate categories: Prehistoric Europe; Prehistoric North America; Mysteries: Prehistoric North America.

Novels of Ancient History (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 400 historical novels in these separate categories: Ancient Greece; Ancient Greece: Mystery Novels; Ancient Rome; Ancient Rome: Mystery Novels; Roman Britain; Roman Britain: Mystery Novels; Arthurian Britain; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egypt: Mystery Novels; Biblical Times and Ancient Middle East.

Fictional Rome: Excellent site. Huge list of historical novels set in ancient Roman times; organised by author (also searchable), lists title, publication info, page count, setting/period, detective (if mystery), summary, rating , Christian/Jewish/Pagan?, more. Website also provides book reviews; biographical background of authors; essays, extracts and references on historical works; glossary of Latin words; information about the non-fictional people featured in ancient Roman novels; materials list for historical fiction; Timeline - chronological list of major events in Roman history; and discussion forum.

That's Auel Folks! Pre-Historic Fiction (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Over 70 titles, many in series (with series noted), with authors, publications info, and summary of titles or series. Books that readers who like Jean Auel's Earth's Children saga may also enjoy. From William Golding's The Inheritors (1955) to Amanda Cockrell's Children of the Horse (2000).

A List of Fiction for Students of History: Ancient and Medieval (ORB, J.S. Arkenberg): Lists fiction titles, author, publication year by setting/time: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient India, Ancient China, Japan, Pre-Columbian America, Ancient Israel and Medieval Judaism, Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, Early Christianity, Islam, Medieval Europe. Over 350 titles in all. Mysteries are noted.

They Came Before Us (Manchester Public Library, Manchester, CT): 'Early men and women join forces in these vividly told tales of human survival and growth in prehistoric times.' Author, title/series, summaries for about 15 books and series, from Jean Auel's Earth Children series to Joan Wolf's Daughter of the Red Deer and sequels. Updated Oct. 2004.

Fiction of the Ancient World (Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System, British Columbia): Loosely speaking, as Robin Hood and King Arthur titles are included. Author and title only in these time periods/genres: Celts/Druids, Vikings, Anglo-Saxons, Arthurian Legend, Robin Hood, Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient Egypt. Over 85 titles.

Ancient Peoples (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): 'A selection of historical fiction and fictionalized biography set in time from prehistory to the 11th century.' Organised by time period and place: Prehistory; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Middle East; Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; Ancient Europe; Ancient Asia. Author, title, and webcat link for novels by about 60 writers. Updated Sept. 2004.

Prehistoric Fiction (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 75 books 'set in the remote past, before history,' from Margaret Allan's Sister of the Sky to Barbara Wood's: Sacred Ground.

Fiction About Ancient Worlds (Tempe Public Library, AZ): Author/title listed for fiction in/about Assyria (2 books), Egypt (13 books), Greece (about 30 books), and Rome (about 25 books).

Fiction from the Ancient World (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Authors and titles only (no summaries) for 18 books. Compiled April 2000.

Fiction of Ancient Egypt (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 25 books from Orson Scott Card's Stone Tables to Carol Thurston's The Eye of Horus.

Ancient Greece Booklist - Fiction (Overbooked): Fiction about Ancient Greece and the Trojan War. Includes titles for adults and teens(YA). Author, title, publication info, brief reviews, notation if for YA, for about about a dozen well-reviewed titles, from Achilles by Elizabeth Cook to The Songs of Kings by Barry Unsworth.

Ancient Greece in Fiction (Royal Holloway Classics): Author, title, publication year only for novels and story collections (in English), by time period and topic: Bronze age and mythistoricals; Archaic Greece; Fifth century BC; Fourth century BC; Hellenistic; Cleopatra; Collections etc.

Fiction of Ancient Greece (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about a dozen books, from Gillian Bradshaw's The Sand-Reckoner to Mary Renault's Alexander the Great series.

Roman History Reading Group: Reading List (): Author, title, usually an Amazon link, and some book reviews for historical fiction, poetry, and non-fiction about Rome. Includes about 50 series and single fiction titles.

Fiction of Ancient Rome and the Byzantine Empire (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for more than 25 historical novels, from Jane Alison's The Love Artist to Walter Wangerin Jr's Paul.

Fiction of the Ancient Near East (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about a dozen 'historical novels set in the ancient Near East,' from Paulo Coelho's The Fifth Mountain to Gore Vidal's Creation.

Multiple Lists / Other Historical Fiction

Over 2000 Historical Novels Listed by Time and Place (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for over 2,000 historical novels in these separate categories (and sometimes further categorised): Prehistoric, Ancient History, Medieval Europe, The Renaissance, 17th Century, 18th Century, Napoleonic Era, 19th-Century America, 19th-Century Europe, The Old West, World War I, Asia, India and South Asia, Latin America. Also a list by author.

Archaeology in Fiction Bibliography (Anita G. Cohen-Williams): Author, title, publication info, brief description of setting and/or archaeological elements. Over 400 titles in four sections: General; Science Fiction; Lost Worlds/Lost Races; and Past Peoples. Compiled 1994.

Historical Fiction Stars 2001 Booklist (Overbooked): An annotated list of historical fiction work that received a starred review from Booklist, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, or Kirkus. See also Historical Fiction Stars 2000 and Historical Fiction Stars 1999 and 1998.

Historical Fiction (Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, MA): Author and title listed by time periods/settings: Multiple Time Periods; Prehistory; Ancient World (then by place); Biblical and Christian Eras; The Dark Ages (796-1000); The Middle Ages (476-1453); The Renaissance (14th to 16th centuries); Tudor and Elizabethan England; 17th and 18th Centuries; Napoleonic Period (1801-1871); Victorian Period (1837-1901); 20th Century (1900 +); and United States and its time periods separately. About 140 titles and series listed.

Historical Fiction Booklists (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for each book on each list. List titles are: 16th century (1500s); 17th century (1600s); 18th century (1700s); 19th century (1800s); 1900 - 1919; 1920s; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; Alternate History; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Greece; Ancient Near East; Ancient Rome and Byzantine Empire; Aztec/Mayan; Biographical; Celtic/Gaelic/Welsh Tales; Christian Historical Fiction; Civil War; Dixie Triumphant (What if the South won the Civil War?); Epic Sagas (e.g. James Michener); Family Sagas: English/Irish/Scottish; Family Sagas: Other Countries; Family Sagas: Rags to Riches (e.g. Howard Fast); Family Sagas: The South (e.g. Alexandra Ripley); Historical Mysteries; Hurmorous Historical; The Immigrant Experience; King Arthur and Camelot; Long-Lost Manuscripts and Other Antiquities; Middle Ages (c. 500 - 1500); Military and Naval Adventure (e.g. O'Brian); Prehistoric Fiction (e.g. Jean Auel); Vietnam War; World War I; World War II.

Historical Fiction (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication info, page count, time and place setting, and summary for about 50 historical fiction titles, from Lois Battle's Storyville to Barbara Wood's The Dreaming. 'There is something here for everyone: action-packed adventure stories, timeless tales of love, intimate portraits of fascinating people and richly detailed depictions of days gone by. From the Ice Age to the early 20th Century, the story of mankind is played out in the pages of these well-researched, well-written novels.' Compiled 1993.

Zeitgeist Novels (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Author, title, time period, and setting for over 65 novels/series that create a sense of atmosphere and mood based on time and place. From Bruce Alexander's Sir John Fielding mysteries (Georgian England) to Marly Youmans' Catherwood (New York frontier, late 17th century).

Who In the World?: Fictional Biographies (B. J. Seitzer, Durham County Library, NC): Provides author, title, summary of each of 24 biographies of historical fiction. Compiled December 1999.

Historical Fiction (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN): Authors and titles with webcatalog links for each. More than 100 books listed, from Dennis Adair's Wildfires to David Wishart's I, Virgil.

Historical Fiction (Mount Prospect Public Library, IL) : Author, title, setting, time period, summary of about 20 books, from Lois Battle's Storyville to Barbara Wood's The Dreaming.

Plantation Life (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Fiction, non-fiction, and young readers. 'Each book listed revolves around plantation life. And to expand your horizons, we have included more than the usual pre-Civil War plantation of the American South. There are stories of coffee plantations in Kenya and Costa Rica, sugar plantations in the Dominican Republic and the West Indies, and even plantations in the Australian Outback!' About 90 adult fiction titles, a dozen non-fiction works, and 24 children's books, from K-YA (but most for grades 5+).

Young Adult Historical Fiction Reading List (Springfield Library, Springfield, MA): Authors and titles listed for THE COLONIAL PERIOD (16th - 18th Centuries), THE REVOLUTIONARY PERIOD (1775 - 1776), EXPANDING THE FRONTIER (1815 - about 1860), THE CIVIL WAR (1861 - 1865), THE CLOSING FRONTIER (1865 - 1900), and a few for THE 20TH CENTURY. Obviously, focuses primarily on American History.

Long Ago and Far Away: Historical Fiction for Summer Dreaming (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author, title, one-line summary (usually noting time and place) of 20 historical fiction novels. Compiled June 2000.

Spirit of the Times (Madison Public Library, WI): 'Novels that capture the general intellectual, moral or cultural feel of the times in which they were written.' Author, title, time period and setting. About 70 books.

Enthralling Tales of the Past (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 10 historical fiction novels, from The Burning Bride by Margaret Lawrence to That Camden Summer by LaVyrle Spencer.

Images of Women in Historical Young Adult Fiction (The ALAN Review): Lengthy article with a 'Bibliography of Historical Fiction Set in America with Female Protagonists' that includes summaries of a number of books, listed in chronological order, from Pre-Colonial America to the Civil War period.

Notable/Notorious Women in Historical Fiction (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Author and titles listed for books about various famous women, including Amelia Earhart, Dolley Madison, Sally Hemings, Tituba, Eliza Huston, Zerelda James, Maria Callas, Emily Dickinson, Kezia Coffin, Martha Washington, Marilyn Monrie, Lizzie Borden, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tamsen Donner, Judy Garland, Sarah Bernhardt, Lucy Marsden, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Emmeline Mosher, Belle Starr, Euphemia King, Ethel Rosenberg, Ashana, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Rathbone, and Abigail Adams.

Historical Fiction of Different Cultures (Andrew Smith, Fiction-L): Historical fiction on cultures other than 19th century England. Author and title listed only for about 60 titles, as well as lists of 5 series and 5 authors who write about specific historical periods. From Thomas Berger's Little Big Man to Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles. Compiled Sept. 2002.

Humorous Historicals (Karen Kleckner, Fiction-L): Compiled April 1999. 'These suggestions range from laugh-out-loud funny, to mildly amusing, from broad comedy to dark satire.' Title, author, and brief summary of book. Over 30 titles.

Discovery (Lake County Public Library, Merrillville, IN): Fictional accounts of explorers and explorations. Author/title only. About 25 books about American exploration, about 20 about exploration of other lands, and about 10 on exploration of other worlds.

Historical Christian Fiction (Addison Public Library, IL): Author and title for about 55 books by more than 20 writers of Christian historical fiction series (and some single titles). Authors include Stephen Bly, T. Davis Bunn, Joseph Girzone, Angela Elwell Hunt, Steve Lawhead, Gilbert Morris, Judith Pella, Francine Rivers, Bodie and Brock Thoene, Sharon Ewell Foster, Jan Karon, Penelope Stokes, Denise Williamson, and others. Compiled Oct. 2000.

Wars in Historical Fiction

War Stories (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): 'Extensive list of 'War Stories' fiction, set from 1200 B.C. through the 2000s. The majority of the novels, short story collections or anthologies on this list focus on war-time stories involving military personnel (a.k.a. 'military fiction'), with a few pure adventure novels thrown in. We have not included mystery novels with war-time settings in this list.' About 750 books, with author, publication year and most with webcat link, listed by category: The Trojan War [circa 1200 B.C.]; The Crusades [1096-late 1200s]; The Hundred Years War [1339-1453]; The Seven Years War [1756-1763]; The American Revolutionary War [1775-1783]; The Napoleonic Wars [1800-1815]; The War of 1812 [1812-1815]; The Crimean War [1853-1856]; The American Civil War [1861-1865]; The Franco-Prussian War [1870-1871]; The Spanish-American War [1898]; The Anglo-Boer War [1899-1902]; World War I [1914-1918]; The Russian Revolution [1917-1921]; The Spanish Civil War [1936-1939]; World War II [1939-1945]; The Korean War [1950-1953]; The Cold War [1950s to the 1980s]; The Vietnamese Conflict [1961-1975]; The Persian Gulf War [1991]; The Yugoslav War [1991-1995]; The Iraq War [2003]; World War III [near future military/technothrillers]; War in Science Fiction settings; General Works involving War. Compiled June 1991; updated Aug. 2005.

Novels About War (Carole Elmore, Fiction-L): Lists author and title for each book. Pre-WWI books in one section (24 titles/series), then WWI books (20 books) and WWII books (about 60 titles).

War in Fiction (Williamsburg Public Library, Virginia): Authors and titles only for fiction about wars in ancient times and the Middle Ages, the Jacobite Rebellions, the American Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, the Mexican-American War, the American Civil War, the Spanish- American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. About 80 titles in all.

War Fiction (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN): Authors and titles with webcatalog links for each. About 70 books listed, from Richard Adams' Traveller to Daomo Winston's Gallows Way.

In Remembrance: Fiction in Times of War (St. Charles Public Library, IL): Lists novels by war time period (1914-1918, 1939-1945, 1950-1953, 1961-1975, and 1991). Over 35 books in all. Prepared October 2001.

War Epics That Inspired Movies (Hamilton Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Authors, titles, summaries, webcatalog links for 10 books. Compiled Nov. 2005.

Novels of the Napoleonic Era (Margaret Donsbach): Set during the Napoleonic Wars, from 1796-1815. Author, title and brief summary for about 300 historical novels in these separate categories: Napoleon, Josephine, and their Families; Seafaring and Warfare at Sea and on Land; Europe in the Napoleonic Era; Napoleonic Era Mysteries; Haiti and Toussaint Louverture: 'The Black Napoleon.'

Napoleonic War Fiction (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 20 titles, with author and summary, from Tom Connery's A Shred of Honour to Richard Woodman's Decision at Trafalgar.

AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Redcoats and Rebels: The American Revolution in Fact and Fiction (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): The first section is the 'fiction' list. Over 30 books listed, with author, publication info, and summary, from The Spy by James Fenimore Cooper (1823) to Dreams of Glory by Thomas Fleming (2000).

American Revolution Fiction (Winona Public Library, Minn.): Listed by author, includes title, date pubished, and short description of book. Adult books listed first, then children's.

Historical Fiction - Revolutionary War (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author and title listed only for 15 books/series, from James Fenimore Cooper's The Spy to Elswyth Thane's Williamsburg series.

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR

Guns and Roses: Civil War Novels (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Lists over 110 civil war novels, with author, publication info, and summary for each title. Most published from the 1970s-2000.

Civil War Fiction (Warren Trumbull County Public Library, Warren OH): Author, title, publication year (1994-2000), summary for almost 30 fiction titles about the American Civil War, from Howard Bahr's The Black Flower to Josef Skvorecky's Bride of Texas.

Civil War Fiction (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 20 titles, with author and summary for each book. From Howard Bahr's The Black Flower to Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels.

Civil War Fiction (Ann Arbor District Library, MI): Provides author, title, publication date, and summary, and notes whether book is for adult, YA, or juvenile audience. About 35 books listed.

Women in the American Civil War (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Authors, titles, some summaries for about 20 fiction titles involving women in the Civil War period, from Louis Auchincloss's Watchfires to Jane Roberts Wood's The Train to Esteline.

Booklist of American Civil War Fiction (Springfield Library, MA): Author, title, one-line summary of 18 books. From Russell Banks'Cloudsplitter to Jane Smiley's The All-True Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton.

Civil War Fiction (Cheryl Hassler, Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Features novels about the U.S. Civil War. Lists about 25 titles, with author, detailed summary of each book, and notation concerning sex, language, and violence. Compiled March 2005.

Civil War Fiction Booklist (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for about 30 titles organised by year published (pre-1998 to 2002).

Civil War Fiction (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, long summary, webcat link for about a dozen books, from White Doves at Morning by James Lee Burke to Booth: A Novel by David Robertson.

Novels about the Civil War (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Authors and titles only for 30 novels about the Civil War, from Richard Adams' Traveller to Leon Uris's Mila 18.

Civil War Fiction (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for over 55 historical novels of the Civil War, from Peter Abrahams's Last of the Dixie Heroes to William R. Trotter's The Sands of Pride.

Civil War Novels (Davenport Public Library, IA): Author and title only for over 45 novels, from Lynn N. Austin's Candle in the Darkness to Robert Vaughn's Andersonville.

Historical Fiction - Civil War (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author and title listed only for over 30 novels, from Howard Bahr's Black Flower: A Novel of the Civil War to Jeff Shaara's Last Full Measure.

THE WORLD WARS

World War Fiction (Overbooked): These books have received starred reviews from the major reviewing sources. Author, title, publication info, and brief reviews, for about 10 WWI novels and about 50 WWII fiction titles.

20th Century War Novels (Deborah Roy, Fiction-L): Lists author and title for each book, in sections: World War I (20 books), World War II (27 books), Korean War (3 books), Vietnam War (50 books), Persian Gulf War (3 books).

Over 2000 Historical Novels Listed by Time and Place: World War I (Margaret Donsbach): Author, title and brief summary for about 90 historical novels in these separate categories: Europe and Europeans, Mysteries (Europe), Americans and Canadians.

Fiction Worth Fighting For: World War I (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for over 15 works of historical fiction about WWI, including books by Reginald Hill, Justin Scott, John Edward Jennings, David Butler, Phillip Gerard, Humphrey Cobb, Paul Strathhern, and others.

World War I Fiction (Wolfner Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Jefferson City, MO): Features novels about World War I and the experiences of the people who lived during this time. Lists 10 titles, with author and detailed summary of each book.

World War II Fiction (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 45 titles, with author and summary for each book. From James Ballard's Empire of the Sun to Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

Fiction Worth Fighting For: World War II (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about 20 works of historical fiction about WWII, including books by John Oliver Killens, Michael Dobbs, David Fraser, Helen MacInnes, Ken Follett, Mary Renault, and others.

From Battleground to Homefront: World War II in Fact and Fiction (Boston Public Library): Titles listed by author in categories of fiction and non-fiction. With summaries. Compiled 1999.

Spotlight on World War II Fiction (Montgomery County Public Libraries, MD): Author, title, summary for about 10 books (most published from 2003-2005). From Monique Charlesworth's Children's War to John Steinbeck's The Moon is Down.

World War II Fiction (Madison Public Library, WI): Author, title, and publication year for over 55 titles published in the late 90s, and 23 classics.

Novels about World War I (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Authors and titles only for 21 novels about the first world war, from Pat Barker's The Eye in the Door to Tom Willard's The Sable Doughboys.

Novels about World War II (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Authors and titles only for over 60 novels about the second world war, from Allen Appel's Till the End of Time to Jerry Yulsman's The Last Liberator.

Holocaust Fiction (Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 35 books, from Aharon Appelfeld's The Iron Tracks to Elie Wiesel's Night. Updated Feb. 2006.

Do You Know? Will You Remember?: Books and Websites about the Holocaust for Young Adults (Karen L. Simonetti): Stylish, simple site, featuring background on 11 books on the Holocaust and links to ten other websites to help learn about the Holocaust. Also a list of print resources for further reading.

WARS SINCE 1945

Wars and Rumors of Wars (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): Fiction based on real wars (Vietnam and Desert Storm) and fiction about wars that might be (conventional and techno-thriller). Lists over 50 books, with author, title, and summary for most.

20th Century War Novels (Deborah Roy, Fiction-L): Lists author and title for each book, in sections: World War I (20 books), World War II (27 books), Korean War (3 books), Vietnam War (50 books), Persian Gulf War (3 books).

Korean War Fiction(Lansing PL, IL): 6-page PDF. Author, title, summary for about 20 books, from Special Ops by David Alexander to Carley's Song by Patricia Sprinkle. Created April 2004, updated June 2007.

Fiction Worth Fighting For: Korean War (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for 4 works of historical fiction about the Korean War, by Daniel John Meador, Chaim Potok, Richard Hooker and John Campbell.

Fiction of the Vietnam War (Boston Public Library): Three separate booklists, in categories of The War Years: 1960s and '70s; The Aftermath: 1980s; and Today: 1990s. List author, title, publication info.

Vietnam War Fiction (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 40 titles, with author and summary for each book. From Richard Aellen's Crux to Tom Wilson's Lucky?s Bridge.

Vietnam War Fiction (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication info, page count, and summary for over 25 novels about the Vietnam War, from Kent Anderson's Sympathy for the Devil to Stephen Wright's Meditations in Green.

Fiction Worth Fighting For: Vietnam War (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, summaries, and webcat links for about a dozen works of historical fiction about the Vietnam War, by Tim O'Brien, David Lawton, Larry Heinemann, Stephen Coonts, Edwin Howard Simmons, and others.

Vietnam Conflict (Hamilton Public Library, Ontario, Canada): Authors, titles, webcatalog links for 10 books, from No Place to Hide by Gerry Carroll to Kill Zone by Jim Silver. Compiled Nov. 2005.

Vietnam Fiction (Jasper County Public Library, IN): Author and title only (no summaries) for about 40 novels about or involving the Vietnam War, from The Infinite plan by Isabel Allende to Meditations in green by Stephen Wright.

Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction (Paul Brians): A supplement to Brians' book Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984. Bibliography of works of apocalyptic fiction, many with summaries. Also: Nuclear Holocausts Bibliography, 'intended as a list of and commentary on novels, short stories, and plays written since 1895 which specifically depict nuclear war and its aftermath.' Extensive.