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Poldark Books in Order: How to read Winston Graham’s historical novels of Cornwall?

If you want some good period drama, go to the British. It’s their speciality. Of course, a lot of them had been made into TV Series and movies. In fact, there are two adaptations of Poldark. That said, it’s time to talk about books, not TV.

Who is Ross Poldark?

Right now, Ross Poldark looks like Aidan Turner on BBC One’s adaptation! And is quite stubborn! His story takes place in the late 18th century when he returns from the American War of Independence to his Cornish copper mines after spending three years in the army to avoid charges of smuggling.

When he gets home, he finds his father dead, his estate in ruins, and his old sweetheart Elizabeth engaged to his cousin Francis. He rescues a young woman, Demelza, from a beating, and takes her on as a kitchen maid while trying to help the people of the village and attempting to gain control of the mines sought after by his rival, the greedy and arrogant George Warleggan.

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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels Reading Order : Where to Start with Philippa Gregory’s ‘Cousins’ War’ and ‘Tudor Court’ series?

I’m living in France in a city where the Plantagenet used to live at one point, so I heard of them (like all of England), but if you are not in Europe, you probably know more about the Tudors. Well, Philippa Gregory wrote about all of them and some of her books had been adapted into movies and TV shows, so you probably have heard of them. If you want to read more, here is a little guide put together (not by me, thanks to Carole) in order to travel in the past in order.

What are The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels by Philippa Gregory?

Like I said, they are historical novels. Previously separated as the Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series, as of August 2016 Philippa Gregory lists these novels as one series, The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels.

Like the name tells it, it is a series about the two British royal houses, the history being told through the female prism.

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The Last Kingdom Books in Order: How to read Bernard Cromwell series?

This week, The Last Kingdom is back on TV, on BBC Two and soon on Netflix I heard. Like a lot of historical dramas, there is a part of truth in it, a big chunk in fact, but it’s fiction and, like in the TV Show Vikings or the manga Vinland Saga, where there are Danes, there’s a lot of speculations but it’s really entertaining.

What is The Last Kingdom Series?

Previously known as ‘The Warrior Chronicles/Saxon Stories’, The Last Kingdom Series is the tale of Alfred the Great and his descendants through the eyes of Uhtred Ragnarson. More precisely, written by Bernard Cromwell, this series chronicles the emergence of England as a nation on the island of Britain from the actions of King Alfred of Wessex.

If the big events are historically accurate, the story centers on Uhtred of Bebbanburg, a fictional character born to a Saxon lord in Northumbria, but captured and adopted by the Danes. Few years later, his family has been killed by a rival Danes and Uhtred allies himself with Alfred in order to win back what’s rightfully his.

Destiny is all!

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