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Top Ten Tuesday

10 Books with Characters who Lived in Historically Important Eras

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This weeks theme is books who have characters who _. And I chose characters who lived in historically important eras.

1.  A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle 1): Gemma lives during the bustling Victorian era in England.

a great terrible beauty libba bray

2. The Diviners: This book follows multiple people through 1920s New york. This was the era when flappers and jazz reigned and it’s a fun look back with occults murders to spice it up.

diviners book
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3. Prisoner of Night and Fog: This is based during the rise of Hitler in Munich before he became chancellor. It’s so good!!


4. Cleopatra VII: Daughter of the Nile-57 B.C.(The Royal Diaries)- This book follows Cleopatra as she grows up. Its a children’s book but still interesting.

cleopatra, nile princess, book

5. Becoming Marie Antoinette: This book follows Marie growing up in Austria and learning become queen to be sent France. It’s interesting and is set before the turbulent time of her reign.

Source: goodreads
Source: goodreads

6. Madame Tussaud: This follows the Madame Tussaud during the french revolution. It’s a unique perspective and good read.

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Source: Goodreads

7. The Book Thief: This book is brilliant and follows a girl and boy who are living in Germany during WWII.

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Source: Goodreads

8. Mademoiselle Boleyn: This book follows Anne Boleyn as she grows up in the french court. I loved this book and it’s a part of her life that you don’t hear about often.

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Source: Goodreads

9. In the Garden of Beasts- This is based on the true story of the American Ambassador and his family in Berlin while Hitler was rising to power just before WWII.

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Source: Goodreads

10. Witchstruck:  This follows a witch during Queen Mary’s reign. She must be a maid to princess Elizabeth and also deal with a witch hunter and the witch burnings happening during this time.

Source: Goodreads
Source: Goodreads

What are your favorite stories that have characters in an important era? Let me know in the comments. Please like, share, and follow if you enjoyed this. Don’t forget you can also follow me on twitter, instagram, and facebook, click the Social Media tab at the top of the page to see them.

8 thoughts on “10 Books with Characters who Lived in Historically Important Eras”

  1. What a great topic! There are so many Eric Larson novels to pick from. 🙂 My list would include Maisie Dobbs – her books take place in London in the late 1920s/early 1930s between WWI and WWII. And The Yard (Murder Squad series), which is 1890, early Scotland Yard in the aftermath of Jack the Ripper.

    I love a great book where the author can transport you back in time.

    1. The Yard is on my TBR list and I haven’t heard of Masie Dobbs I can’t wait to look her books up. Thanks for the recommendations!

  2. I live your topic. There are so many books here I have been intending to read but never got round to (for example The Diviners). A good historical I love is Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper, as it follows the story of a young woman in 1650 England who was falsely convicted of killing her baby and was sent to the gallows. It’s definitely worth reading 🙂

    1. Wow that sounds really interesting. I love historical novels set in 1600s England. Thank you so much for the recommendation, it’s definitely going on the TBR list!

  3. The only one of these I’ve read is The Book Thief (one of my favourite books) but I love historical novels and I have to say after reading your list there are so many on there that sound great and that I’ll have to check out. The Prisoner of Night and Fog, Witchstruck, Mademoiselle Boleyn & Becoming Marie Antionette all sound like books I would love, so thank you for introducing me to some new books!
    Here’s my TTT:

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