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Historical fiction books are set in the past, at least 25-50 years before the novel was written. You will find some of the beshistorical fiction online, available free right here on obooko. Unwrap the free ebooks of your choice and take yourself back to another time and place in history. Enjoy the story and savour the rich, historical detail. Learn what it was like to live in that part of history and feel like a time traveller looking into the past.

Not sure which period in history you would like to travel to? The book that's currently most popular in the historical books category on obooko is Britannia by Letitia Coyne, which will transport you back to Roman Britain. Britannia is the first of four novels in a historical fiction series by the author; all available free to obooko members.

Historical fiction has been around for a long time. Even the Ancient Greeks wrote stories set in the past. The genre became really popular in Europe in the 19th century. A great example is Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens . Written in 1859 it looks back at London and Paris during the French Revolution in the 1790s. Some historical fiction could have been written in the past, giving us a view of the period of history that the novel was actually written in. Historical fiction books allow us to learn about detail of the time-period from the book, although maybe not totally accurate as some artistic license may have been taken.

Often in historical books real characters from the period will feature to give a sense of realism and as a way to explore genuine historic figures in their actual environment.

Expect all kinds of stories and plots - it is the historical setting that ties historical novels together into a single genre. You will find stories about every aspect of live in peace and during conflict.

Another classic from the 19th century is Thackeray’s Vanity Fair (1847-48). Set in early 1800s it tells the story of two women from different backgrounds ascending social ladders, and falling from grace into poverty and other problems. Set in the historic background of the time with real events such as the Battle of Waterloo.

One other well-known historical novel of the early 1800s is Last of the Mohicans: A Narrative of 1757. It was made famous by a number of blockbuster movies over the years. Set in 1757 during the time France and Britain were fighting in America. Both sides used support of Native Americans to help win the fight and this historical book tells the story of the time giving us insight to the lives of people who lived through it.

In French literature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame was written in 1829 by Victor Hugo and is set in 1482 in Paris. Alexandre Dumas wrote the The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers which are both considered to be historical novels.

Free Historical Fiction & Period Novels

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The Fox by Arlene Radasky
When Women Were Warriors by Catherine M. Wilson
Pantera by Sara Reinke
Son of Sparta by Sara Reinke
The Tide Mill by Richard Herley
Some Sixteenth Century Romances by Don Lewis Wireman, Sr.
The Mystical Harvest by Dom Gilormini
Maxaqtacca by Shane Hetrick
Warrior: Path of Destiny by Tim Ellis
Q by Luther Blissett
The Murder of Vincent van Gogh by K A Shott
Hysterical Orgasm Medical Murder by K A Shott
Viking Saga by Mark Coakley
The Silurian Book 1: The Fox and the Bear by L. A. Wilson
The Amber Treasure by Richard Denning
Lost Tales of Mercia by Jayden Woods
Time Management for Mercenaries by Dai Alanye
Murder At Zero Hour by Paul Westwood
Warrior: Scourge of the Steppe by Tim Ellis
BRITANNIA by Letitia Coyne
CALEDONIA by Letitia Coyne
HISPANIA by Letitia Coyne
PETRA by Letitia Coyne
Touchstone by Letitia Coyne
Twice Upon A Time by C. C. Phillips
Berserk Revenge by Mark Coakley
The Moghul by Thomas Hoover
Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
The Maiden's Odyssey by Paul Coulter
The Last Gift by Susan Brassfield Cogan

One of the greatest historical novels of all time is Tolstoy’s War and Peace, written in 1869. It tells the story of the Napoleonic wars set 60 years before it was written and uses real life accounts from people who had lived through it. Because of this attention to detail historians have been able to use a work of fiction to build up a picture of what life was actually like. It contains 587,287 words. It might make a large ebook file but we'll have a digital copy ready for you soon!

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