Are there any good English Civil War romances out there?
September 22, 2012 11:35 PM Subscribe
HistoricalFictionFilter: I'm looking for good-- but not too heavy-- historical romances (or romantic historicals) set during the English Civil War, preferably with a Roundhead/Parliamentarian protagonist.
posted by suburbanbeatnik to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
It seems that most historical romances set during the English Civil War
are very pro-royalist, with some dashing Wrong but Wromantic Cavalier hero or heroine fighting against the dastardly roundheads. Having read piles of books about this period, I cannot tell you how sick I am of this stereotype. Are there any entertaining, swashbuckling historical romances (or romantic historicals) out there that are a bit smarter than this, and do not take a cartoony, dunderheaded view of this very complicated period? I'm looking for something lighter and more accessible than Dorothy Dunnett, but less sleazy than Bertrice Small, and less goofy than Eric Flint.
(For the record, I love Rafael Sabatini, but unfortunately the books he wrote set during the English Civil War are terrible