Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is a genre of literature that has gained immense popularity among readers over the years. This genre involves writing about events and people from the past, usually incorporating some fictional elements to create a compelling story. Historical fiction novels typically take readers back in time to an era or period, making it a unique way to learn about the past. Here at St. Stephens Books, we have a great selection of Historical Fiction books for you to get lost in. 

From bestselling titles such as Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, which combines history with fantasy and romance, to Bernard Cornwell’s The Last Kingdom series, which follows a Saxon orphan that is raised by Vikings in which the events of the book aim to be as historically accurate as they can. Another fantastic example of historical fiction is Philippa Gregory’s The Cousins War series. The series is set between 1455 and 1487 and portrays an insight into the British War of the Roses through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York. As you can see, there are plenty of books to choose from in this varied category. 

Historical fiction covers a wide range of topics and can be set in any era of history. Some of the most popular periods for historical fiction include the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Victorian era, and World War II. Many authors also choose to write about historical events, such as the sinking of the Titanic or the American Civil War.

One of the benefits of historical fiction is that it allows readers to learn about the past in an engaging and memorable way. By immersing readers in a different time period, historical fiction can provide a unique perspective on history that is not always possible through other means of learning. Readers can gain a deeper understanding of the social, political, and cultural context of historical events, as well as the people who lived through them. Historical fiction can also be a powerful way to explore themes and ideas that are relevant to contemporary society. For example, a historical novel set during the Civil Rights movement can shed light on issues of race and discrimination that are still relevant today. Similarly, a novel set during the Industrial Revolution can explore themes of progress, technology, and social change that are still relevant in the modern world.

Historical fiction can be a great way to escape from the present day and immerse oneself in a different world. It can offer readers a sense of escapism, allowing them to forget their daily worries and enter a different time and place. In short, reading historical fiction can be an enjoyable and educational experience that offers a unique historical perspective, explores themes relevant to the modern world, and provides a much-needed escape from the present day. Whether you are a history buff or simply enjoy a good story, there is something for everyone in the world of historical fiction. Don’t forget to check out our wider range of fiction books for even more escapism.