Historical Fiction through the Ages

Hosted by inkyspines

89 participants, 642 books added

You can start and finish this challenge whenever you like!

This challenge is to record books read about different eras and time periods, rather than written or published in that time period. I will be counting classics that are written about a previous time period than the author has lived through. 

I've split most of the prompts into centuries even though those can contain different eras (ex. Age of Enlightenment, Victorian Period) for simplicity and to easily sort non-European periods.

This challenge has no start or end date.

Challenge prompts

1. Prehistoric Era (16 books added)


  • The Stone Age (2.5 million B.C. to 3000 B.C.) - documents the human migration from Africa and first use of tools by Neanderthals, Denisovans and early humans
  • The Bronze Age (3000 B.C. to 1300 B.C.) - humans settle in Mesopotamia, the Indus Valley and ancient Egypt; invention of the wheel and metalworking
  • The Iron Age (1300 B.C. to 600 B.C.) - formation of planned cities, introduction of ironworks, steel, and writing systems

2. Classical Period (25 books added)


  • Ancient Greece (600 B.C. to A.D. 600) - foundation of democracy, philosophy, mathematics, drama, and poetry
  • Ancient Rome (753 B.C. to A.D. 476) - political power that developed the legal system, irrigation, architecture, city roads, and Christianity
  • Persian Empire (550 B.C. to 330 B.C.) - Middle Eastern empire that practiced Zoroastrianism before Islam and fell to Alexander the Great in 330 B.C.
  • Byzantine Empire (A.D. 285 to A.D. 1453) - Mediterranean culture that incorporated practices and beliefs from ancient Greece and Rome; the only major power not to fall until after the Renaissance

3. Early Middle Ages & Vikings (20 books added)


Also known as the Medieval or Post-Classical era.
Early Middle Ages
(A.D. 476 to A.D. 1000) - also known as Late Antiquity; this period shows most powers rebuilding after the collapse of the Roman Empire and the beginning of Islam in the Middle East
High Middle Ages (A.D. 1000 to A.D. 1250) - 250-year period that saw the height of the Catholic church’s power in the Crusades

4. 13th Century (10 books added)


1201 - 1300

Late Middle Ages (A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1450) - a period that saw the Black Plague, the beginning of European exploration and the invention of the printing press

5. 14th Century (18 books added)


1301 - 1400

Late Middle Ages (A.D. 1250 to A.D. 1450) - a period that saw the Black Plague, the beginning of European exploration and the invention of the printing press

6. 15th Century (20 books added)


1401 - 1500

7. 16th Century (31 books added)


1501 - 1600

8. 17th Century (23 books added)


1601 - 1700

9. 18th Century (32 books added)


1701 - 1800

First Industrial Revolution
(A.D. 1760 to A.D. 1840) - beginning of the modern era that saw several technological innovations, including the invention of the cotton gin, the increase of city factories and mills and the completion of the Erie Canal

10. 19th Century (122 books added)


1801 - 1900