CHECK IT OUT: Historical fiction genre gets a boost

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 01:31 PM.

•"The Pillars of the Earth," by Ken Follett. Intrigue surrounds the construction of a cathedral in 12th century England.

•"Kristin Lavransdatter," by Sigrid Undset. 1928 Nobel Prize-winning trilogy depicting Norwegian life in the Middle Ages.

•"The Name of the Rose," by Umberto Eco. A highly literary murder mystery set in a 14th century Italian monastery.

•"The Hunchback of Notre-Dame," by Victor Hugo. Gothic novel that inspired a flood of tourists to Paris’s most famous cathedral.

•"The Other Boleyn Girl," by Philippa Gregory. Entertaining if inaccurate portrayal of Ann Boleyn’s sister, Mary.

•"The Three Musketeers," by Alexandre Dumas. Swashbuckling tale of d’Artagnan and the three Musketeers in 17th century France.

•"A Tale of Two Cities," by Charles Dickens. Parallel stories intersect in London and Paris during the French Revolution.



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