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POLL: Favorite Authors of Historical Fiction?


619 votes were cast by total voters.


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Sundance writes:

With too much history to read, I don't read historical fiction. I know there are some good authors doing it, but I just don't have the time right now and the one that I tried to read (can't even remember the author now) turned out to be ahistorical swill. Go figure I'd pick the bad one to start with! ;oP


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Alexander Dumas
36
6%
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Alexander Kent (WWI/WWII naval fiction)
15
2%
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Alfred Duggan (Roman fiction)
4
1%
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Allan Furst (1930s/WWII spy stories)
2
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Ambrose Bierce
9
1%
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Arch Whitehouse
1
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Arturo Perez Reverte (Alatriste series)
8
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Barbara Hambly (Ben January 1820s New Orleans mysteries)
2
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Barry Sadler (Casca series)
8
1%
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Bernard Cornwell (Sharpe series)
71
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Boris Akunin (Erast Fandorin novels)
3
0%
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C.S. Forester (Horatio Hornblower series)
65
11%
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Caleb Carr
3
0%
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Charles D. Taylor (The Sunset Patriots)
1
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Colleen McCullough (First Man in Rome series)
17
3%
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Conn Iggulden
5
1%
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David Drake (Roman novels)
13
2%
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Donald Jack (Bartholomew Wolfe Bandy novels)
2
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Dorothy Dunnett
0
0%
 
William Boyd
1
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G.A. Henty
4
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Dudley Pope (Ramage series)
6
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Edith Pargeter (The Brothers of Gwynedd series)
3
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Edward Rutherford (Sarum, The Forest and London)
5
1%
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Nicholas Montserrat
2
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Frans G Bengtsson (The Longships)
3
0%
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George Garrett (Elizabethan novels)
0
0%
 
George McDonald Fraser (Flashy)
44
7%
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George Shipway (Imperial Governor)
2
0%
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Henrik Sienkiewicz
3
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Herman Wouk (Caine Mutiny)
4
1%
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Howard Fast (
5
1%
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Ian Morson (13th century Oxford mysteries)
1
0%
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Jack Whythe
3
0%
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Jeff Shaara
12
2%
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John Biggins (Otto Prohaska series)
3
0%
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John James (Votan)
0
0%
 
John Maddox Roberts (SPQR series)
7
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Julien Rathbone (A Very English Agent)
1
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Kenneth Roberts
4
1%
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Lindsey Davis (Falco series)
9
1%
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Mary Renault
6
1%
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Mary Stewart (Merlin trilogy)
10
2%
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Maurice Walsh (Blackcock's Feather)
1
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Max Allan Collins (1930s/40s private-eye novels)
2
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Michael Shaara
19
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Newt Gingrich
5
1%
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Nigel Tranter
2
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P.C. Wren (French Foreign Legion novels)
6
1%
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Patricia Finney (AKA PF Chisholm, A Shadow of Gulls)
0
0%
 
Patrick O'Brian (Aubrey/Maturin novels)
36
6%
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Rafael Sabatini
4
1%
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Robert Graves (Count Belisarius)
11
2%
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Robert Louis Stevenson
15
2%
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Rosemary Sutcliff
12
2%
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Rudyard Kipling
36
6%
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Samuel Shellabarger (Prince of Foxes)
2
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Simon Scarrow (Eagle series)
12
2%
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Brigadier Gerard stories)
23
4%
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Stephen Pressfield
11
2%
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Sven Hassel
7
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Thomas Costain
0
0%
 
Wallace Breem
2
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Wilbur Smith (Egyptian series)
3
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Willi Heinrich (Cross of Iron)
7
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

quidveritas Inactive Member wonders...

Sometimes historical fiction is not far from the actual events (Aubrey/Maturin novels by Patrick O'Brian); other times it can be pretty fantastic (Marie Laveau, the New Orleans voodoo queen); sometimes it's more about the humor (Flashman by George MacDonald).

(Authors were nominated in this discussion.)