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Historical Novels
3500 B.C. - A.D. 1000:
A Current Guide

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Halter, Marek. Sarah [April 2005; Israel, 22nd century B.C.]. The aristocratic Sarai of Ur, a priestess of Ishtar, escapes her unhappy life by joining the nomadic tribe of Abram, her first and only love.

James, Frank. The Kelt [June 2005; Rome, Dark Ages, 1st century B.C.]. The Gaulish warrior-prince Vercingetorix defies fate in rebelling against the Roman conquerors of his homeland under Julius Caesar.

Janoda, Jeff. Saga [April 2005; Dark Ages, 10th century A.D.]. To spite his ruthless son Arnkel, Thorolf the Viking trades away the family’s lands in medieval Iceland, and the son swears to get them back at any cost.

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McCarthy, Terry. The Sword of Hannibal [June 2005; Rome, North Africa, 3rd century B.C.]. Strabo, an unscrupulous mercenary, joins the Carthaginian army in Spain, and schemes to steal a fortune in gold from Hannibal’s personal guards.

Meaney, Dee. Iseult [May 2005; Britain, c.6th century A.D.]. Tristan of Lyonnesse, heir to the throne of Cornwall, risks life and limb for the sake of his beloved King Mark, but becomes dangerously infatuated with the king’s wife Iseult.

Nash, Joy. Celtic Fire [June 2005; Rome, Britain, 1st century A.D.]. Drawn to wild Britannia by a vision of his murdered brother, Lucius Acquila is captivated by the beautiful Celtic witch Rhiannon.

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Noyer, Albert. The Cybelene Conspiracy [May 2005; mystery, Rome, 5th century A.D.]. The castrated corpse of a youth, discovered in an Arian church at Ravenna, presents the surgeon Getorius Asterius with a baffling mystery involving a counterfeit ring, smuggled Chinese goods, and the self-mutilating votaries of the goddess Cybele.

Oden, Scott. Men of Bronze [June 2005; Egypt, 6th century B.C.]. Soft and spiritless, the dying kingdom of Egypt will fall to the Persians unless the pharaoh’s fiery and ruthless general Hasdrubal Barca can manage to save it.

Roberts, John Maddox. The Princess and the Pirates [June 2005; mystery, Rome, 1st century B.C.]. At Cyprus on a mission to rid the Mediterranean of pirates, Decius Metellus investigates the Roman governor’s murder, possibly by the Egyptian princess Cleopatra. ("SPQR," 9)

Saylor, Steven. A Gladiator Dies Only Once [June 2005; mysteries, Rome, 1st century B.C.]. Thefts, intrigues, murders, gladiatorial contests, and chariot races provide the occasions for nine short mysteries from the early career of Gordianus the Finder.


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