I need a history novel...thanks

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  1. Eric Lewis macrumors 68020

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    It has to take place before the black plaque and can be fictional/non fiction

    Anyone have any sugestions? (maybe some easy ones?)

    Thanks
     
  2. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    I am reading Voltare's Candide for my history class, well I bought it. Good news, it matches your description, is short, and is on Spark Notes.
     
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    The Black Death was in the fourteenth century, so I don't think Candide quite hacks it. Mind you, the Black Plaque sounds more like an oral hygiene issue...

    You could always try Pope Joan by Lawrence Durrell, which is set in the ninth century.
     
  5. blairwillis macrumors regular

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    I'd recommend the Bible.

    Or the Hobbit.

    Or read them both and do a report on Saint Bilbo Baggins of Nazareth.
     
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    I don't consider the Holy Book to be a "novel".
     
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    Then maybe read it more? There are numerous accounts contained in there that are very much like reading a book - narrative and first person - I'm fascinated by the historical accuracy of the bible.

    From the novelist perspective, my dad just finished War & Peace - granted it's about only one part of history, but he said it was historically detailed while also offering a novelish hook to make it interesting. I'm just quoting him since I didn't even open it.

    m2c.. or, Josephus Works.
     
  8. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    First off, I'm a religious studies minor and like to think that I'm very knowledgeable about the stories/themes in this sacred text. I agree that books like Joshua and Judges offer fascinating stories (just look at Samson, Judges: 13-16). This might not apply to a history class unless your teacher is open to interpreting allegories and other metaphoric imagery. :apple:
     
  9. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Check out a book called Sarum. It's historical fiction along the lines of James Michener. Reading it now, and it's excellent.
     
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    I don't mean to start an argument - my apologies if I came across offensive. I just meant that there are some historically accurate books within it that read like a narrative. History doesn't have to be boring!
     
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    IIRC, Candide was 1700ish. His novel has to be before the black plague which was 1300ish


    Why didn't anyone ever tell my teachers that? :mad: :D
     
  12. yojitani macrumors 68000

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    How about Umberto Eco's "The name of the Rose"?
     
  13. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Homer's Iliad or Odyessy. Technically an epic poem, but I don't think they had invited novels yet.
     
  14. ArmyKnight12 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah it's all good. Of course history is not boring, it's actually what I'm majoring in! I agree with you with regard to the narrative stories in the Bible and could make a great reading for the assignment.
     
  15. phoxrenvatio macrumors regular

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    Epic of Gilgamesh
    Medea
    Plato's Republic
    Biblical Book of Daniel
    The Aeneid
    Metamophesus
    St. Augustine
    Koran (Qur'an)
    Beowulf
    Dante's Divine Comedy
    Sir Gawain & the Green Knight

    and I think I'm getting close to the black plague... These are books that I have to read, for a multi-credit course called "Great Books" worth a few Hist and Eng credits...
     

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