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Best historical fiction for HUGE ASOIAF fan...

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I’ve gotten the Accursed King series by Maurice Druon and Thomas B. Costains Plantagenet Series(Which George said he based Fire And Blood on...) And the Saxon Tales by Bernard Cornwell.

These are the only ones I can find that Martin himself explicitly said he was inspired by.

Anything else?

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I was considering The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Any good?

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Sharon Kay Penman

Colleen McCulloughs Masters of Rome

Bernard Cornwell

Mary Renault’s Alexander trilogy

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11 minutes ago, Marko Antonivic said:

Sharon Kay Penman

Colleen McCulloughs Masters of Rome

Bernard Cornwell

Mary Renault’s Alexander trilogy

Is Sharon Kay Penman still worth it after Thomas B. Costains Plantagenet Series? (I’m assuming her books are based on their reigns as well-correct me if I’m wrong)

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I haven’t read Costains books but yeah she covers the Plantagenets. I’m sure there is a decent bit of overlap on subject matter. 

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If I recall, Martin recommended I Claudius by Robert Grave once. Also, Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Cesars used to be brought up a lot.

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Robert Merle's Fortunes of France series set during the Wars of Religion is finally being translated into English, but I believe only one or two of the novels have been so far.

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Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" and later sequels are very good and have an ASOIAF style. I find them very enjoyable. Most of his historical fiction is good.

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1 hour ago, drawkcabi said:

Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth" and later sequels are very good and have an ASOIAF style. I find them very enjoyable. Most of his historical fiction is good.

Well there is a lot of rape.

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7 minutes ago, Darth Richard II said:

Well there is a lot of rape.

HBO style GOT then...

But also a good deal of medieval English history throughout in the background.

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10 minutes ago, Darth Richard II said:

Well there is a lot of rape.

I’ve seen the miniseries(parts anyway) and that’s the only angle I saw that’s somewhat similar...

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7 hours ago, larrytheimp said:

O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin series is fucking rad.

Now we might be getting somewhere.

What is it that makes it so rad, especially in the fucking sense? 1800 navy novels wouldn’t normally appeal to me...

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15 hours ago, Mwm said:

Now we might be getting somewhere.

What is it that makes it so rad, especially in the fucking sense? 1800 navy novels wouldn’t normally appeal to me...

They are extremely well written and often quite humorous. 

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He didn't ask for good books (though my impression is you're waaay out on a limb re: Dunnett? I've only read the first Lymond...).

He asked for  books "Martin himself explicitly said he was inspired by", for which, if I recall, Dunnett fits quite perfectly.

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21 hours ago, Darth Richard II said:

Eh, I don’t think Martin could have been inspired by The Saxon Tales, unless time has started working funny.

Oops I kinda just answered the title of the post and not the last sentence. Just threw out some of my favorites, don’t think Martin was influenced by any of them.

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