I'm craving a particular subtype of historical novel: the kind that posits a dimly-remembered reality behind a famous myth/legend/story, sort of filling it out and extrapolating the details into realism.
My favorite of this kind is Mary Renault's "The King Must Die" about Theseus (also the sequel). I also enjoyed "Eaters of the Dead", about the events of 'Beowulf'.
But what are some other good ones you can recommend? More examples and specifics inside! [more inside]
posted by theatro
on May 15, 2014 -
I'm trying to learn more about the history of the bombing of Dresden, and am looking for the most reliable (yet accessible) source. [more inside]
posted by scblackman
on Jan 24, 2014 -
I recently moved to the Boston area, and realized that I don't know anything about it, or the main period that it's famous for. Please recommend me some non-fiction page-turners. [more inside]
posted by Beardman
on Sep 23, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations of books that illustrate typical American life in the 1840s-- not
Wild West-type stuff. Ideally New England-area. Fiction or non-fiction, either way. Thanks!
posted by shakespeherian
on Nov 19, 2012 -
I want to mainline wonder! Recommend me nonfiction books or films (science, nature, history, culture, the human mind) that will make me fall in love with the world we live in. [more inside]
posted by stuck on an island
on Apr 15, 2012 -
I'm interested in reading more fun books, written in 1945 or earlier, which clearly set themselves in the time and place that they were written. Examples include Anne of Green Gables, Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers, Pride & Prejudice, and China to Me. [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps
on May 24, 2008 -
My mom wants a book on French Indochina, and I'd like to find a good one for her. Preferably non-fiction, but good fiction with some insight into history and culture would work, too. The exact historical time range is flexible, but she's mostly interested in the area pre-Vietnam War.
posted by bookish
on Apr 30, 2008 -
Can you help me find a book which traverses Russian history from, well, as far back as possible up to the Russian Revolution of 1917? [more inside]
posted by The Great Big Mulp
on Dec 17, 2006 -
I've just reduced my book queue to a puny six or seven, I'm looking to pile a little something on, and a bookstore just opened within walking distance. I'm in the mood for a good history of the French Revolution. Any recommendations?
posted by furiousthought
on Sep 1, 2004 -
fiance (thanks, AskMefi!)
has managed to make it through high school, college, and now grad school without taking a course in European history. She is looking for a objective, broad, but intelligent survey of the post-Renaissance period. Any book recommendations?
posted by PrinceValium
on Jan 5, 2004 -