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Cakemouse  (Level: 24.4 - Posts: 4)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 2:38 AM


As this is a history group, what would be good, basic books for these different time periods. Are there ones that you would recommend - fiction or non - that ring true to how life was? I'm always on the lookout for good book rec's, but for this, what are some that you would recommend for beginners? Overviews? Fashion? crafts of the era?


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Asdibbens  (Level: 159.4 - Posts: 423)
Tue, 9th Sep '08 12:02 PM

I have now read nearly two dozen books on the Stuart era in England, but I really liked this book in terms of giving me a good idea of what life was like back then.

Daily Life in Stuart England by Jeffrey Forgeng

It put all the other books in context and therefore made them much clearer. I believe that it was part of a series that the publisher put out, describing daily life in various time periods.

Judymar  (Level: 73.6 - Posts: 15)
Wed, 1st Oct '08 8:14 PM

I'm a historical fiction fan...anything by Jean Plaidy I recommend. She is the most accurate in writing her stories around actual events, as we know them to be. Why Philippa Gerggory "The Other Bolyen Girl" is so popular, I don't know, she takes so much artistic licence, one could forget who he/she is actually reading about.

For non-fiction (as we know it to be), I just finished "The First Elizabeth" by Carolly Erickson. I've read so many novels on the kings and queens of England, the Jean Plaidy's are the best that comes to mind. Though fiction, one can learn real history thru her novels.

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