Artificial divide of 1900. We classify most historical fiction as covering a period of history older than 50 years (which, at the time of this writing, would put them at around 1970 or before). And, while the last 50 years saw some tremendous upheavals, both positive and negative, it just does not feel very “historical,” which my opinion should be (much) older than I am.
Classical Historical Fiction
List of best historical fiction books published before 1900.
Since this is my list, I shall start out with my #1 Best Historical Fiction Book of all times, my personal favorite.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas Père
The classical mix of an adventure story motivated by personal revenge.
Modern Historical Fiction Voices Worth Listening To
List of modern historical fiction books published after 1900