5 highly addictive historical novels highly recommended for lovers of long and intense books

The excuse may be that tomorrow is Book Day and perhaps you would like to treat yourself to an exciting, entertaining and very addictive novel to take with you on May Long Weekend on holiday or to read quietly on the sofa at home for the next few days. Or you simply feel like one of those historical novels that grabs you from the first moment, that reveals little-known characters, events or eras that you can’t put down for hours and hours.

Whatever the reason, we have chosen for you five period novels that take place in different periods of history: Rome, the Nazi world, the Civil War, the dawn of the Modern Age and the end of the Spanish colonial period. All of them with well-defined, exciting characters; intense arguments and, above all, highly recommended to make you spend many good hours of entertainment.

‘The decline of Rome’ (Carlos de Miguel)

ESPASA The decline of Rome

Carlos de Miguel is a professor of geography and history, passionate about ancient and medieval periods and also runs a podcast with the same title as this book. So what you are going to find is a story, first of all, very well documented and put together and that addresses one of the least discussed periods in historical literature, the beginning of the end of what was one of the great civilizations of the antiquity. The novel ‘The decline of Rome’ (Espasa) -whose social life is particularly worked on- takes us to the end of the empire, to the period of Constantine, who by converting Christianity into the official religion caused the decline of Rome.

Pages: 528

‘Queen’s Word’ (Gema Bonnín)

Editions B Queen’s Word

Editions B Queen’s Word

One of the most attractive characteristics of period novels is that they reveal characters or events that history has relegated to the background or third place. Gema Bonnín, in her first historical novel ‘Queen’s Word’ (Editions B), introduces us to Catherine of Aragon and Castile, the youngest daughter of the Catholic Monarchs, who ended up marrying the sadistic English king Henry VIII. The novel begins at the end of her life, at her retreat at Kimbolton Castle, from where she looks back and remembers how they agreed on her marriage to the monarch, the intrigues of the court, and how she knew how to get hold of him. the favors of the English people.

Pages: 320

‘Winton’s Children’ (Fabiano Massimi)

Alfaguara Winton’s children

The Winton Children

Alfaguara Winton’s children

A few weeks ago the film ‘Winton’s Children’ was released in cinemas, a historical thriller set in the real life of Nicholas Winton, the so-called ‘English Schindler’, a man who saved more than 600 Czechoslovak children from Nazism. But we also encourage you to read the original novel that inspired the film, written by Fabiano Massini, which offers many more nuances. In ‘Winton’s children’ (Alfaguara) We travel to Prague, in 1938, when Hitler’s shadow looms over Czechoslovakia. Nicholas Wilton, a young stockbroker, leads a group of volunteers who are organizing the escape of hundreds of Jewish children to the United Kingdom. A brilliant little great story.

Pages: 360

‘The Sugar Master’ (Mayte Uceda)

Planet The Sugar Master

The sugar master

Planet The Sugar Master

We now go to another exciting stage in history, the end of the Spanish colonial period, in a pleasant, interesting and very addictive book; ‘The Sugar Master’ (Planet). We travel at the end of the 19th century to Cuba, an island with an important social difference: that marked on the one hand by the rich landowners who feared losing their privileges and on the other by the former slaves who dream of complete freedom. The protagonists are two women who are forced to emigrate there: one of them, following her father, a doctor assigned to a sugar plantation, and the other who is going to marry the sugar master, a man she does not know. .

Pages: 512

‘The Girl with the Blue Hat’ (Ana Lena Rivera)

Grijalbo The girl with the blue hat

The girl with the blue hat

Grijalbo The girl with the blue hat

We finish our compilation with another of the favorite periods of Spanish historical literature, the Civil War, about which, no matter how impossible it may seem, new plot lines continue to appear to be told. If it doesn’t sound familiar to you, we will tell you that Ana Lena Rivera is the author of the successful ‘Las heiresses de la Singer’ and is a repeat best-seller in ‘The Girl with the Blue Hat’ (Grijalbo). Gijón, summer of 1929. At barely seventeen years old, Manuela goes to work as a maid in the mansion of the Marquises of Armayor. Surrounded by luxury that contrasts with the poverty of her native village, the young woman will learn about her arrogance and heartbreak, but also the art of sewing, while at the same time she will establish an unbreakable friendship with the only heir of the family. family, Alexandra.

Pages: 672

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