Any avid reader of historical fiction knows the thrill of discovering a multi-page, multi-peopled, multi-plot historical fiction novel with the guaranteed payoff of hours of reading pleasure…..and the even greater delight of further discovery that the novel is not a single but part of a series!

I’ve enjoyed researching and creating this reading list. It continues to be a work-in-progress.  The categorization is a rather broad sweep for simplification; certainly many of the series could be cross-categorized.  I’ve also been somewhat liberal with my interpretation of "epic" and "saga" so as to include more series (rather than less) on this list.

I hope you discover hitherto unknown historical fiction series (and authors) and subsequently enjoy many, many more hours of reading pleasure.

          - blueemerald

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PRE-HISTORIC AND ANCIENT WORLD SERIES

"First North American" 15 +? series by W. Michael Gear (co-authored with wife Kathleen O'Neal Gear).  Features various civilizations and cultures throughout pre-historic North America.  Series begins with "People of the Wolf".

"Reindeer Moon" duo by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas are coming-of-age stories with the Paleolithic Ice Age hunter-gatherers of Siberia. Set includes "Reindeer Moon", and "The Animal Wife".

"Earth’s Children" series of 5 +? by Jean M. Auel.  Set in pre-historic Europe and explores the interactions of Cro-Magnon people with Neanderthals.  Series begins with "Clan of the Cave Bear".

"First Americans" 12 +? series by William Sarabande (aka Joan Hamilton Cline).  Story of a nomadic Asian family's pre-historic migration to America.  Series begins with "Beyond the Sea of Ice".

"Time Circle" series 3 +? by Linda Lay Shluer.  Series features Native American tribal life in ancient 13th American southwest and includes "She Who Remembers", "The Voice of the Eagle", and "Let the Drum Speak".

"Mesa" pre-historic Indian series of 3 by Ardath Mayhar (aka Frank Cannon, Frances Hurst, John Killdeer). Series begins with "People of the Mesa" which features the Anasazi, a pre-Columbian tribe in present-day Colorado. Also included are "Island in the Lake" (features the Nadicha, aka Mound Builders, in what is now East Texas), and "Towers in the Earth" (features the Geh-i-nah in the mountains of present-day New Mexico).

"Boudica" quartet by Manda Scott.  The tales of Boudica-1st century A.D. queen of the Iceni tribe of East Anglia who led a tribal uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.  Series includes "Dreaming the Eagle", "Dreaming the Bull", "Dreaming the Hound", and "Dreaming the Serpent Spear". 

"Attila the Hun" trilogy by William Napier (aka Christopher Hart).  The story of Attila the warrior King of the Huns, from boyhood  through adulthood.  Set early 5th century Roman Empire in Western Europe.  Trilogy includes "Attila:  The Scourge of God", "Attila: The Gathering Storm", and "Attila: The Judgment".  

"Conqueror" trilogy by Conn Iggulden.  Set in 12th century Asia, and features the lives of the great Mongol warlord conqueror Genghis Khan and his descendants.  Series includes "Wolf of the Plains" (aka "Genghis: Birth of an Empire"), "Lords of the Bow" (aka "Genghis: Lords of the Bow") and "Bones of the Hill".

"Children of the Lion" 19 +? series by Peter Danielson (assumed pen name for a variety of authors specifically for this series including George Warren, Franklin King, Hugh Zachery, and James Reasoner).  Series loosely based on Old Testament biblical events and follows the history of Abraham and the fictional descendants of Cain.  Series begins with "Children of the Lion".

"Canaan" trilogy by Mark Halter.  Set in the ancient world and recalls stories of women of the biblical Old Testament.  Series includes "Sarah", "Zipporah", and "Lilah". 

"Lords of the Two Lands" trilogy by Pauline Gedge.  Set in ancient Egypt and chronicles the revolt of the Tao Princes to free their country from the foreign rule of the Hyksos Dynasty as the 18th century emerges.  Series includes "The Hippopotamus Marsh", "The Oasis", and "The Horus Road".

"Stone of Light" quartet by Christian Jacq.  Story of the history, culture, people (both real and imagined) of ancient Egyptian times.  Series includes "Nefer the Silent", "The Wise Woman", "Paneb the Ardent", and "The Place of Truth".  See other ancient Egypt series also by Jacq:  "Queen of Freedom" quartet, "Mysteries of Osiris" quartet, and "Judge of Egypt" trilogy. 

"Ancient Egypt" (aka "Egyptian") quartet by Wilbur Smith.  Series includes (chronologically per story line) "River God", "The Seventh Scroll", "Warlock", and "The Quest".

"Alexander the Great" trilogy by Mary Renault (aka Eileen Mary Challans).  Set in ancient Greece and features the life of Alexander the Great (from childhood to conflicts after his death).  Trilogy includes "Fire From Heaven", "The Persian Boy", and "Funeral Games". 

"Alexander" trilogy by Valerio Massimo Manfredi.  Set in ancient Greece and features Alexander the Great.  Series includes "Child of a Dream", "Sands of Ammon", and "Ends of the Earth". 

"Ptolemies" (anticipated) quartet by Duncan Sprott.  Epic series about ancient Alexandria, the Greek Pharaohs of Egypt, and their extraordinary dynasty which spanned twelve generations (from the death of Alexander the Great to the fall of Cleopatra).  Series includes "House of the Eagle" (aka "The Ptolemies"), and "Daughter of the Crocodile".

"Aztec" 5 +? by Gary Jennings (aka Gabriel Quyth) with contributing authors Robert Gleason and Junius Podrug.  Series recalls the struggle of the Aztec empire with the Spanish as their land is transformed into the "New Spain" colony.   

"Inca" trilogy by Antoine B. Daniel (aka French novelists Antonie Audouard and Jean-Daniel Baltassat).  Recounts the Incan empire’s sublimation to the Spanish invasion.  Trilogy includes "The Puma's Shadow", "The Gold of Cuzco", and "The Light of Machu Picchu".

"Ramses" series of 5 by Christian Jacq.  Story of the legendary King of Egypt-Pharaoh Ramses II, and his wife Nefertari set in ancient Egypt.  Series includes "The Son of Light", "The Temple of a Million Years" (aka "The Eternal Temple"), "The Battle of Kadesh", "The Lady of Abu Simbel", and "Under the Western Acacia".

"Republic" trilogy by Jack Ludlow (aka David Donachie, Tom Connery).  Saga following the lives of two Roman families, bound together by a joint prophecy with focus on two boys born on the same day to opposing circumstances.  Set in the years preceding the advent of the Caesars.  Series includes "The Pillars of Rome", "The Sword of Revenge", and "The Gods of War".

"Cicero" (anticipated) trilogy By Robert Harris. Set in ancient Rome, this series is an imaginary biography of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Rome's first and greatest politician. Thus far the series includes "Imperium", and "Conspirata".

"Roman Legion" (aka "Cato") 8 +? series by Simon Scarrow.  1st century AD ancient Roman military series features the experiences of two Legionnaires as the Roman Empire expands.  Series begins with "Under the Eagle" and concludes with "Centurion".

"Claudius" duo by Robert Graves (aka John Doyle). The series is written as a fictionalized, secret (and sympathetic) autobiography of the 4th Roman Emperor Claudius I. Set in context of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty and Roman Empire during the 1st century AD. Duo consists of "I, Claudius", and "Claudius the God".

"Masters of Rome" series of 7 by Colleen McCullough.  Series chronicles the demise of the ancient Roman Republic (110-27 BC) and features lives and careers of Gaius Marius, Lucius Cornelius Sulla, Pompey the Great, Julius Caesar, and Caesar Augustus.  Series includes "The First Man in Rome", "The Grass Crown", "Fortune's Favorites", "Caesar's Women", "Caesar", "The October Horse", and "Antony and Cleopatra".  

"Emperor" quartet by Conn Iggulden.  Set in ancient Rome with primary focus on Julius Caesar (from birth through betrayal and death) as well as the nobility and slaves of the time.  Quartet includes "The Gates of Rome", "The Death of Kings", "The Fields of Swords", and "The Gods of War". 

"Centurians" trilogy by Damion Hunter (aka Amanda Cockrell, Dana Fuller Ross).  Set in ancient Rome and Europe and chronicles the adventures of a Roman military family (specifically two rival half-brothers who join the Centuriate).  Series features "The Centurians", "Barbarian Princess", and "The Emperor’s Games".  

"Gladiators of the Empire" 3 +? series by James Duffy.  Series begins in 63 AD with of Nero's reign and at locales Rome to Britain to Pompeii.  Features the exploits of three unorthodox arena heroes who unexpectedly rise to legendary status in the amphitheaters of the Roman Empire.  Series includes "Sand of the Arena", "Fight for Rome", and "Rain of Fire".

"Mark of the Lion" trilogy by Francine Rivers. This biblical/romance series chronicles the persecution and perseverance of 1st century Christians in hedonistic Rome and crumbling Roman Empire. Trio includes "A Voice in the Wind", "As Sure As Dawn", and "An Echo in the Darkness". See also River’s "Lineage of Grace" series of 5 beginning with "Unveiled", and companion sequel series of 5 "Sons of Encouragement" beginning with "The Priest".

"Josephus" trilogy by Lion Feuchtwanger (aka J.L. Wetcheek). About the Jewish historian Flavius Josephus beginning in Rome the year 60 AD. Trio also includes "The Jew of Rome", and "Josephus and the Emperor".

"Ottoman Empire" trilogy by Ann Chamberlin.  Set in 16th and 17th century Turkey and features the daughter of a Venetian nobleman as she is kidnapped, transported, sold to, lives with, and schemes within the great harem of the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.  Trio includes "Sofia", "The Sultan’s Daughter" and "The Reign of the Favored Women".

FAMILY SAGAS AND MULTI-GENERATIONAL SERIES

"Whiteoaks of Jalna" family saga of 16 by Mazo De La Roche. Series chronicles 100 years (1854-1954) of exploits of the prosperous Whiteoaks of Lake Ontario, Canada. Series story line begins with "Building of Jalna", and concludes with "Centenary at Jalna" (publishing sequence does not match story line chronology).

"Zion" multi-volume series by Bodie and Brock Thoene.  Family saga about the Jewish experience in WWII Nazi Europe and the Jewish-Jerusalem legacy.  The "Zion" series includes 3 sub-series:  "Zion Covenant" [series of 9 beginning with "Vienna Prelude" set 1936], "Zion Chronicles" [series of 5 beginning with "Gates of Zion" set 1947], and "Zion Legacy" [series of 6 beginning with "Jerusalem Vigil" set 1948].

"Gleiwitz Suite" quartet by Horst Bienek.  Saga of the Piontek and Ossadnik families and their day-to-day life under Fascism in the German-Polish borderlands of Upper Silesia.  Series includes "The First Polka", "September Light", "Time Without Bells", and "Earth and Fire".

"Courtney" 12 volume saga by Wilbur Smith.  Multi-generational series primarily set in colonial South Africa in the 1800-1900s (although a few in the series are set either earlier or in later contemporary times).  Series begins with "When the Lion Feeds" and concludes with "The Triumph of the Sun".  Wikipedia has a helpful list of the volumes chronologically per story line.

"Kaywana" trilogy by Edgar Mittelholzer. Chronicle of six generations of the Van Groenwegel family from the 17th century to the mid 20th century in British Guiana (modern Guyana) during upheavals of society, rulers, economics and politics.  Trio includes "Children of Kaywana", "Hubertus" (later republished as "Kaywana Stock"), and "The Old Blood".

"Heron" (aka "Civil War") quartet by Pamela Bell.  Set in 17th century England during the Civil War and features the life of the Royalist Heron family.  Series includes "The Moon in the Water", "The Chains of Fate", "Alathea", and "The Lodestar" (series prequel set in 15th century War of Roses period).  See also Bell’s "Wintercombe" quartet which features wealthy Puritan George St. Barbe and his family during 17th century English Civil War.  Series begins with "Wintercombe" and includes "Herald of Joy", "A Falling Star", and "Treason’s Gift".  

"McGann" series of 6 by Nicole Christopher (aka Alan Savage, Robin Cade, Nicholas Grant, Caroline Gray, Andrew York).  Saga about a British seafaring family and it’s Royal Navy patriarch.  Series includes "Old Glory", "The Sea and the Sand", "Iron Ships, Iron Men", "Raging Sun, Searing Sky", and "The Passion and the Glory".

"Bridges Over Time" series of 6 by Valerie Anand (aka Fiona Buckley).  Generational saga of an English serf family through nine centuries; from slaves to serfs to yeoman farmers to landed gentry.  Series begins in medieval 1040 with "The Proud Villeins" and concludes in 1216 with "The Dowerless Sisters".  See also Anand’s medieval "Norman" trilogy about the English ruling Godwin family and the change of succession with the Norman conquest of England between the 9th and 11th centuries.  Series includes "Gildenford", "The Norman Pretender", and "The Disputed Crown".

"Spoils of Time" (aka "Lytton Family") trilogy by Penny Vincenzi.  Family saga set in the turn of 20th century London.  Series includes "No Angel", "Something Dangerous", and "Into Temptation".   

"Loss of Eden" trilogy by John Masters. Traces the upheavals wrought by WWI and experiences of an English aristocratic, landed gentry family, their associates, and servants.  Series begins in 1915 with "Now God Be Thanked", and further includes "Heart of War", and "By the Green of the Spring".

"Cazalet Chronicles" quartet by Elizabeth Jane Howard.  Saga of three generations of an upper class English family circa WWII 1937-1947.  Series includes "The Light Years", "Marking Time", "Confusion",  and "Casting Off".

"Poldark Saga" 12 volume series by Winston Graham.  Multi-generational family saga of the Poldark family and their long-standing feud with the banker and landowner Sir George Warleggan.  Set in 18th and early 19th century Cornwall England.  Series begins with "Ross Poldark". 

"The Forsyte Chronicles" series of 9 by John Galsworthy (aka John Sinjohn).  The "Forsyte Chronicles" contains three trilogies: "The Forsyte Saga" ("The Man of Property", "In Chancery", "To Let"), "A Modern Comedy" ("The White Monkey", "The Silver Spoon", "Swan Song") and the concluding "End of the Chapter" ("Maid in Waiting", "Flowering Wilderness", "One More River").  The Chronicles tell of the ebbing social power of the upper-middle class British Forsyte family between 1886 and 1920.

"Morland Dynasty" epic 31 +? series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (aka Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse).  Epic series spans multi-generations of England's Morland family (1430s to contemporary times) and begins with "The Founding". 

"Swann Family" trilogy by R. F. (Ronald Frederick) Delderfield.  Series set in Victorian (and emerging Edwardian) Britain.  Explores the developing fortunes of the Swann family generations as well as those of industrializing, imperial England from 1858 to WWI.  Series includes "God is an Englishman", "Theirs Was the Kingdom", and "Give Us This Day".  See also Delderfield’s family saga of 20th century rural English life after WWII in the "A Horseman Riding By" trilogy.  This series includes "Long Summer Day", "Post of Honor", and "The Green Gauntlet".  

"Eden" series of 7 by Marilyn Harris.  Family saga features the Eden family of England.  Series begins with "This Other Eden" set in London and Devon coast in the 1790s at the time of the French Revolution and concludes in the 20th century with the outbreak of WWI in "Eden and Honor".

"Retallick Saga" 9 + ? by E. V. Thompson (aka James Munro) features experiences of multi-generations of the Retallick family in various locales (England, Australia, and South Africa). The series begins in early 19th century Cornwall England with story line prequel "Ben Retallick" and concludes(?) in 1915 with "Brothers in War".

"Wild Swan" trilogy by Celeste De Blasis.  Series spans the lives of Alexandria Carrington Falconer and her descendants from 1813 to 1894 in both England and America.  Trio begins in the 1810s with "Wild Swan", and continues with "Swan’s Chance", and "A Season of Swans".

"House of Winslow" 40 +? volume Christian themed family saga by Gilbert Morris.  Follows generations of the Winslow family from Britain, to the landing at America’s Plymouth Rock, through the World Wars.  Series begins with "The Honorable Imposter".  See other such series by Morris including:  "American Odyssey", "Wakefield Dynasty", "Appomattox Saga", and "Liberty Bell".

"The Immigrants" (aka "Lavette Family") series of 6 by Howard Fast (aka E. V. Cunningham, Walter Ericson).  Generational saga which features the Italian immigrant Lavette family set in San Francisco California.  Series begins in 1888 with "The Immigrants" and concludes in contemporary 20th century with "An Independent Woman". 

"Werner Family Saga" (aka "Stern-Werner") 4 +? series by Belva Plain.  Saga of the intertwined lives of two families in America; an aristocratic German-Jewish family, and a poor immigrant from Poland.  Timeframe spans from the turn of the 16th century to the 1960s and the Vietnam War.  Series begins with "Evergreen" followed by "The Golden Cup", "Tapestry", and "Harvest".

"The Pedlocks" series of 6 by Stephan Longstreet. A multi-generational saga tells how a Jewish family settled in America at the time of the Civil War and eventually established a dynasty. Series includes: "The Pedlocks: The Story of a Family", "God and Sarah Pedlock", "Pedlock & Sons", "Pedlock Saint, Pedlock Sinner", "The Pedlock Inheritance", and "The Pedlocks in Love".

"Savage Saga" 4+ ? by Fred Mustard Stewart.  Multi-generational saga follows the international adventures of a wealthy New York clan descended from a shipping magnate. Series begins in 1851 with "The Magnificent Savages" and also includes "The Young Savages", "The Naked Savages", and "The Savages in Love and War" (set during America’s Great Depression and pre-WWII).

"New York" series of 5 by Bruce Nicolaysen. Family saga of the Dutch immigrants de Kuypers family and their successive generations, and the early settling of New York city and state. Series story line begins in 1613 and continues through 1930. The series includes "From Distant Shores", "On Maiden Lane", "Beekman Place", "Pirate of Gramercy Park", and "Gracie Square".

"O'Malley Family" (aka "The O'Malley Family in the Twentieth Century") 6 +? series by Andrew Greeley. Story of an irrepressible and resilient Irish Catholic family caught up in the rush of contemporary American history from the 1940s through the 1980s. The series begins with "Summer at the Lake".

"Fallon" trilogy by Reagan O’Neal (aka Robert Jordan, Jackson O’Reilly, James Oliver Rigney, Jr.).  Series is set in South Carolina and southern states (Texas) in the 18th and 19th centuries, and charts the lives of an Irish immigrant and fugitive, Michael Fallon, and his family.  Trilogy includes "The Fallon Blood", "The Fallon Pride", and "The Fallon Legacy".   

"Beulah Land" trilogy by Lonnie Coleman.  Saga of the Old South, a Georgia plantation and the men and women, both free and slave, who were born and died there 1800 to 1895. Features the slave-holding, plantation owners Kendrick clan.  Trio includes "Beulah Land", "Look Away, Beulah Land", and "Legacy of Beulah Land".

"Georgia" trilogy by Eugenia Price.  Set in the American Old South,  during the time period 1812 through the Civil War.  The saga of two families of St. Simons Island, Georgia.  Trio includes "Bright Captivity", "Where Shadows Go", and "Beauty From the Ashes".  See also Price’s romantic family saga set 19th century American Old South Georgia "St. Simons Trilogy" beginning with "The Beloved Invader".

"Windhaven" 14 volume saga by Marie de Jourlet (aka Paul Little, Paula Little, Paula Minton, Leigh Franklin James).  A multi-generational chronicle of the Bouchard family dynasty from 1789 revolutionary France to the Old South of America (Alabama).  Series begins with "Windhaven Plantation".

"Sun on the Mountains" trilogy by Tyler Trafford. Family saga of six generations of the Quaker banker James family forced from Philadelphia for their pacifist beliefs at the time of the American Revolutionary War. The family re-establishes their lives and fortunes on the Canadian West prairie.  Series includes "Alexander’s Way", "The Story of Blue Eye", and "Mary".

"Kent Family Chronicles" (aka "American Bicentennial") 8 book series by John Jakes (aka Alan Payne, Jay Scotland).  Family saga spans time from the American Revolution to the turn of 20th century.  Begins with "The Bastard" and concludes with "The Americans".  Timeline continues in Jakes’ "Crown Family" duo with a family set in Chicago.

"Montana" (aka "McCaskill") trilogy by Ivan Doig.  Saga chronicles the immigration of two Scottish families to Montana and their life experiences on the Montana prairie from 1889 to 1989. Trio includes "English Creek", "Dancing at the Rascal Fair" (story-line prequel), and "Ride With Me, Mariah Montana".

"Texas" quartet by Fern Michaels (aka Mary Ruth Kuczkir).  Saga traces the exploits of four generations of a powerful American dynasty-the Coleman family.  Series begins in the 1940s with "Texas Rich", and continues with "Texas Heat", "Texas Fury", and "Texas Sunrise".  See Michaels’ sequel trilogy "Vegas" beginning in 1922 with "Vegas Rich" which also introduces the Thornton family dynasty.

"Calder Saga" 10 volume series by Janet Dailey.  Multi-generational family saga.  Series begins with "This Calder Range" set in pioneer Montana.

"Plantation" trilogy by Gwen Bristow.  Features two settler families to the Louisiana wilderness and their descendants through times of the American Civil War through WWI.  Series includes "Deep Summer", "The Handsome Road", and "This Side of Glory".

"Williamsburg" series of 7 by Elswyth Thane.  Series spans 170 years of multi-generations of two Williamsburg Virginia families and their English relatives from time of the American Revolution to WWII.  Series begins with "Dawn’s Early Light" and concludes with "Homing".

"American Family Portrait" (aka "Morgan Family") series of 9 by Jack Cavanaugh.  Family saga follows the Morgan family through American history, from the arrival of the Puritans and Revolutionary War through the 1960s and the Vietnam War. Series begins with "The Puritans" and concludes with "The Guardians".

"Bennett’s Island" series of 9 by Elisabeth Ogilvie. The series details the hard life of a lobstering family from an island off Maine. Set from the 1930's through the time of the Vietnam War. In story order, the series includes: "High Tide at Noon", "Storm Tide", "The Ebbing Tide" (comprising the "Tide" trilogy), "The Dawning of the Day", "The Seasons Hereafter", "Strawberries in the Sea" (comprising the "Lovers" trilogy), "An Answer in the Tide", "The Summer of the Osprey", and concluding with "The Day Before Winter".

"Double M" quartet by Sherry Derr-Wille (aka Shair Dare). Family epic set in America during the 20th and 21st centuries. Series includes "The Mallons", "The Kendricks", "The Parkhursts", and "The Jennings".

"Van Vliet Family" romantic family saga trilogy by Jacqueline Briskin. Features the settling and development of Los Angeles, California circa late 19th century, two prominent families and their successive generations. Trilogy includes "Paloverde", "Rich Friends", and "The Onyx".

MILITARY AND NAUTICAL SERIES

"Oathsworn" trilogy by Robert Low.  Chronicles the adventures of a rogue band of Viking warrior brothers called the Oathsworn who owe allegiance only to each other, and are bound by an oath made under the eye of Odin.  Series includes "The Whale Road", "The Wolf Sea", and "The White Raven".

"Rebel King" quartet by Charles Randolph and Carolyn Hale Bruce.  Features the struggles of Robert de Brus (Robert the Bruce), the Scottish nobleman who went to war against 14th century Europe's most powerful army to reclaim independence and the throne of his ancestors.  Quartet includes "Hammer of the Scots", "The Har’ships", "Bannock Burn", and "High King of Ireland". 

The "Bruce" trilogy by venerable Scottish writer Nigel Tranter.  This series recreates the story of Robert the Bruce and how, tutored and encouraged by the heroic William Wallace and sustained by a passionate love for his land, he determined to continue the fight for an independent Scotland.  The trilogy omnibus includes "The Steps to the Empty Throne", "The Path of the Hero King", and "The Price of the King’s Peace".  Other historical fiction series by Tranter which feature Scotland include:  "MacGregor" trilogy (follows the adventures of Rob Roy and the MacGregors in the 18th century), "Master of the Gray" trilogy (set in the 16th century and features a Scottish noble family involved in plots to free the imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots), "House of Stewart" trilogy (14th and 15th century story about the rise of the House of Stewart), "James V" trilogy (a picture of the turbulent life of the 16th century, weak-willed king), and "Mary Stewart" trilogy (15th century story about Mary Stewart, eldest sister of James III of Scotland).

"Regeneration" trilogy by Pat Barker.  Series features a hospitalized WWI solder, the psychiatrist who treats soldiers for shell shock, and the poet Wilfred Owen.  Trilogy includes "Regeneration", "Eye in the Door", and "The Ghost Road" (Booker Prize winner).

"Sword of Honour" trilogy by Evelyn Waugh.  Features the WWII experiences of a British Army Officer from an old English aristocratic family.  Series includes "Men at Arms", "Officers and Gentlemen", and "Unconditional Surrender" (aka "The End of the Battle").

"Captain Alatriste" 6 +? series by Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  Relates the adventures of 17th century Spanish soldier Captain Alatriste.   Series includes "Captain Alatriste", "Purity of Blood", "The Sun Over Breda", "The King’s Gold", "The Knight in the Yellow Jerkin", and "Corsairs of the Levant".

"Sharpe's Adventures" 24 volume military series by Bernard Cornwell.  Primarily set in 19th century Europe and India.  The series follows the adventures of Richard Sharpe as he advances up the ranks of the British Army in the Napoleonic Wars.  Wikipedia has a helpful series list.

"Simon Fonthill" 5 +? series by John Wilcox.  Recounts the military adventures of British Army’s Simon Fonthill as he defends the Empire.  Series begins in the 1879 South African Zulu campaign with "The Horns of the Buffalo".

"Flashman Papers" series of 12 by George MacDonald Fraser.  Set primarily in 19th century Europe and Asia.  Recounts the outrageous adventures of British officer and soldier, debonair cad, anti-hero, bully, womanizer Harry Paget Flashman.  Series begins with "Flashman" and concludes with "Flashman on the March".

"19th Lancers" (aka "Goff Family") trilogy by Max Hennessy (aka John Harris, Mark Hebden). Trilogy spans four generations of a British soldiering (cavalry) family in the time of the British Empire. Trilogy includes "Soldier of the Queen" (Crimean war and takes the Goff family to the end of the 19th Century), "Blunted Lances" (begins on the Nile with Kitchener, and takes the family to the end of the Great WWI in 1918), and "The Iron Stallions" (through the end of WWII).

"Revolution" 3 +? series by Simon Scarrow.  Set in late 18th century Europe and follows the life and military career of Napoleon Bonaparte and his great adversary the Arthur Wesley (the Duke of Wellington).  Series includes "Young Bloods", "The Generals", and "Fire and Swords".

"Napoleonic" trilogy by Patrick Rambaud.  Set in 19th century and features the Napoleonic empire and the battles that brought it to an end. Trilogy begins in "The Battle" (1809 at the Battle of Essling), followed by "The Retreat" (1812 Moscow Campaign), and concludes with "The Exile" (1814 abdication and exile).

"Bonaparte" (aka "Alain Lausard Adventures") military adventure series of 6 (+?) by Richard Howard. Set in France during the Napoleonic Wars, and follows the fortunes of Alain Lausard across the Napoleonic campaigns. Series begins with "Bonaparte Sons", with number six being "Bonaparte’s Horsemen".

"Jack Steel:  For Queen and Country" 2 +? military adventure series by Iain Gale.  Features the exploits of an infantry officer in Queen Anne’s Grenadiers.  Series begins in 1704 and includes "Man of Honour", and "Rules of War".

"Shadow on the Crown" series of 5 by Nicholas Carter is about the English Civil War. "Portrays life in 17th century England through the eyes of the common men and women who fought and died for the distant causes of Parliament and the King." (Amazon UK). Series includes "Turncoat’s Drum", "Storming Party", "And King’s Men Crow", "Harvest of Swords", and "Stand by the Colors".

"Empire" (aka "James Ogilvie") 14 volume military adventure series by Duncan MacNeil (aka Philip McCutchan). Series is set in various locales of the British Empire (primarily India) and features the exploits of James Ogilvie. First volume "Drums Along the Khyber" (aka "The First Command") begins late 1870s during the Afghan War.

"Dando" series by William Clive (aka Ronald Bassett). Series about a rowdy British soldier and his exploits at various stations in Asia in the 19th century.  Series includes "Dando on Delhi Ridge" (1857 Indian  Mutiny), "Dando and the Summer Palace" (1860 Taiping Rebellion in China), "Dando and the Mad Emperor" (1867 Abyssinian hostage rescue), "The Tune That They Play" (Zulu Wars), and "Blood of an Englishman" (siege of Cawnpore India). 

"Alexander Sheridan" series of 5 by V. A. Stuart (aka William Stuart Long, Violet Vivian F. Stuart Mann).  Military action set mid 19th century in British imperial holdings (primarily India) and features the heroic exploits of Alexander Sheridan.  Series begins with "Victors and Lords" and concludes with "The Heroic Garrison". 

"Bombay Marines" nautical trilogy by Ellis Kirby Meacham.  Features the adventures of Percival Merewether, an officer in the Honourable East India Company’s private navy ("Bombay Marines" or the "Bombay Buccaneers") 1806-1808.  Trio includes "The East Indiaman", "On the Company’s Service", and "For King and Company".  (See also other maritime series which feature the Bombay Marines on the Indian Ocean mid-1700s including James Dillon White’s  "Roger Kelso" series of 8 beginning with "Young Mister Kelso", and Porter Hill’s "Adam Horne Adventures" trilogy beginning with "The Bombay Marines".)

"Fancy Jack Crossman" series of 8 +? by Garry Kilworth (aka Garry Douglas).  Features the colorful military exploits of aristocratic British soldier "Fancy" Jack Crossman in the 19th century.  Series begins during the Crimean War in "The Devil’s Own" and further includes "The Valley of Death", "Soldiers in the Mist", "Attack on the Redan", "The Winter Soldiers", "Brothers of the Blade", "The Rogue Officer", and "Kiwi Wars".

"Sparrowhawk" series of 6 by Edward Cline.  Military action and male bonding in the context of the American Revolution.  Series opens in 1740s with "Jack Frake" and concludes in the 1770s with "War".  "Sparrowhawk Companion" also available to compliment series.

"Patriots" series of 6 by Adam Rutledge (aka James Reasoner). Series about a band of spies for the American patriots in the Revolutionary War. Begins with "Sons of Liberty", and concludes with "Stars and Stripes".

"Otto Prohaska (Future Hero of the Habsburg Empire)" quartet by John Biggins.  The somewhat comic military naval and aerial adventures of Austro-Hungarian loyal subject Otto Prohaska.  Chronologically, the series begins with prequel "Tomorrow the World" followed by "A Sailor of Austria", "The Emperor’s Colored Coat", and "The Two-Headed Eagle".

"The Neophyte Warrior" 5 +? military series by Richard Patton tells the life of young George Washington during the time of the French and Indian war in the 1750s.  Series includes  "His Majesty’s Envoy", "The Reluctant Commander", "The Lion’s Apprentice", "Massacre at the Forks", and "Outrageous Interlude".

"Second World War" (anticipated) trilogy by Jeff Shaara.  A chronicle of WWII  through the voices of both familiar and unfamiliar heroes in the European and North African war theaters.  Trilogy includes "The Rising Tide", and "The Steel Wave".

"Starbuck Chronicles" quartet by Bernard Cornwell.  Follows the exploits of a Boston-born Confederate Officer during the American Civil War.  Series includes "Rebel", "Copperhead", "Battle Flag" and "The Bloody Ground".

"American Civil War Battle" series of 10 by James Reasoner (aka Mike Jameson, Dana Fuller Ross, Hank Mitchum, Peter Danielson, Jake Foster, William Grant, Noel Gerson, Donald Clayton Porter).  Features the experiences of a farming family from Culpepper Virginia through various Civil War military campaigns.  Series begins with "Manassas".

"Phillip Hazard" series of 8 by V. A. Stuart (aka William Stuart Long, Violet Vivian F. Stuart Mann).  Features British naval operations in the mid 19th century during the time of the Crimean War and other conflicts within colonial Britain.  Series starts with "The Valiant Sailors" and concludes with "Escape From Hell". 

"Brethren of the Coast" (aka "Thomas Marlowe") trilogy by James L. Nelson.  Nautical pirate adventures in pre-Revolutionary War times in America.  Series includes "The Guardship", "The Blackbirder", and "The Pirate Round". 

"Fox" 14 volume series by Adam Hardy (aka Kenneth Bulmer, Terry Harknett, Andrew Quiller, Neil Langholm, Arthur Frazier).  Charts the adventures (mostly sea but some on land) of Royal Navy George Abercrombie Fox from powder-monkey through years as a naval lieutenant during the Nepolionic era.  Series begins with "The Press Gang", and concludes with "Close Quarters".

"Richard Bolitho" 27 +? volume nautical series by Alexander Kent (aka Douglas Reeman).  Chronicles the adventures under sail of Richard and Adam Bolitho in the British Royal Navy.  Series begins in 1772 with "Midshipman Bolitho".  See also Reeman’s (aka Alexander Kent) 5 volume "Blackwood Family" (aka "Royal Marines Saga") series.  Series spans a century and a half of the military nautical adventures of the British sea-faring Blackwood family.  Series begins 1859 Africa with "Life of Glory" and concludes 1970 South Atlantic in "Knife Edge".

"Thomas Kydd" 9 +? nautical series by Julian Stockwin.  Set in late 18th century Napoleonic period and features the seafaring adventures of Thomas Kidd; from his forced "volunteer" into service in the British Navy, through his promotion to Lieutenant, and stint as a pirate captain.  Series begins with "Kydd" and concludes with "Privateer's Revenge". 

"Nicholas Ramage" (aka "Lord Ramage") 18 +? volume series by Dudley Pope.  Series features the adventures at sea of British Royal Navy Jr. Lieutenant Nicholas Ramage.  "Ramage" opens the series set in 1796. See also Dudley’s "Buccaneer Ned Yorke" series of 6 which spans 280 years and features a Royalist Barbados planter turned buccaneer beginning with "Buccaneer".

"Honor" series (anticipated 7 total) by Robert N. Macomber.  Features the maritime career adventures of U.S. Navy enrollee Peter Wake.  Series begins with "At the Edge of Honor" set 1863 in Florida during the American Civil War. 

"John Paul Jones" (anticipated) trilogy by Nicholas Nicastro.  Story of America’s first naval hero as he navigates the military, political, and romantic "battlefields" of revolutionary America and France.  Trio includes "The Eighteenth Captain", and "Between Two Fires".

"Nathaniel Drinkwater" maritime series of 14 by Richard Woodman.  Series begins with "An Eye of the Fleet" set in the 1780s with the introduction of the young Navy Lieutenant Nathaniel Drinkwater. 

"Richard Delancey" nautical series of 6 by Cecil Northcote Parkinson.  Seafaring adventures of British Navy man set during the Napoleonic period.  Series begins with "The Guernseyman".

"William Bentley" nautical series by Jane Needle (aka Frank Kippax).  Features the adventures of a young sea officer.  Portrayal of the British Navy in a less than favorable manner.  Series includes "A Fine Boy for Killing", "The Wicked Trade", "The Spithead Nymph", and "Undertaker's Wind".

"Isaac Biddlecomb" series of 5 by James L. Nelson.  Maritime adventure series set amidst the American Revolutionary War.  Features a heroic American merchant seaman.  Series includes "By Force of Arms", "The Maddest Idea", "The Continental Risque", "Lords of the Ocean", and "All the Brave Fellows".

"Aubrey-Maturin" maritime military series of 21 by Patrick O'Brian.  Features the friendship and adventures of British Navy Capt. Jack Aubrey, and ship's surgeon, natural philosopher, and secret agent Stephen Maturin during the Napoleonic Wars.  Series begins with "Master and Commander".  Wikipedia has helpful chronology of volumes.

"Horatio Hornblower" series of 11 by C.S. Forester (aka Cecil Louis Troughton Smith).  Features naval warfare during the Napoleonic era and heroic seaman Hornblower.  Per story chronology, series begins with prequel "Mr. Midshipman Hornblower" followed by "The Happy Return" (aka "Beat To Quarters"). 

"Nicohlas Everard" (aka "Everard Naval") 9 volume series by Alexander Fullerton.  Features the heroic military sea adventures of the Everard family (and in particular Nicholas Everard, an officer in the British Navy) during World Wars I and II.  Series begins in 1916 Jutland with "The Blooding of the Guns" and concludes in "The Gatecrashers".

"John Pearce" 4 volume (with 12 total anticipated ?) series by David Donachie (aka Tom Connery, Jack Ludlow).  Series follows the naval career and adventures at sea of a reluctant British seaman.  Series begins 1793 London with "By the Mast Divided".

SERIES SET IN EUROPE

"Fortunes of War" series of 6 (2 trilogies) by Olivia Manning.  Trilogies are "Balkan" (beginning with "The Great Fortune") and "Levant" (beginning with "The Danger Tree").  Volumes chronicle the wartime experiences of a group of English expatriates (featuring a young married couple), as WWII begins and progresses. Set predominately in Rumania, Egypt, Palestine and Greece.

Numerous series by Jean Plaidy (aka Victoria Holt, Philippa Carr, Anna Percival, Eleanor Burford, Elbur Ford):  "Tudor Saga" of 11, "Stuart Saga" of 7, "Georgia Saga" of 11, "Norman" trilogy, "Plantagenet Saga" of 14, "Isabella and Ferdinand" trilogy, "Queen Victoria" quartet, "Catherine De Medici" trilogy, and the "French Revolution" trilogy.  See also "Daughters of England" series of 20 by Philippa Carr (aka Jean Plaidy).   Wikipedia has a helpful listing of various series per Plaidy’s pen names.

"Pillars of the Earth" duo by Ken Follett.   Generational saga about the people connected to the building of a great medieval English cathedral.  Duo includes "Pillars of the Earth", and "World Without End".

"Tudor" 6 +? series by Philippa Gregory.  Features the history of Henry VIII and his immediate descendants as the Tudor line is established.  Series includes (per story line chronology) "The Constant Princess", "The Other Boleyn Girl", "The Queen's Fool", "The Virgin's Lover", and "The Boleyn Inheritance".

"Elizabethan" trilogy by George Garrett represents a panorama of renaissance English life during the Elizabethan and early Stuart periods.  Series includes "Death of the Fox" (Sir Walter Raleigh's last years), "The Succession" (Queen Elizabeth I of England and King James VI of Scotland), and "Entered From the Sun" (rival Londoners investigate Christopher Marlowe's death).

"Good Queen Bess" Renaissance trilogy by Margaret Irwin.  A chronicle of the early life of Elizabeth I and her precarious path to the throne.  Trilogy includes "Young Bess", "Elizabeth, Captive Princess", and "Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain".

"Dance to the Music of Time" epic series of 12 by Anthony Powell.  The sequence is a panorama of 20th century London life and traces a group of English acquaintances from 1914 to 1971 as the various friends and lovers meet, drift apart, and reacquaint over the years.  Central character is a wealthy Englishman who narrates the stories in the form of his reminiscences.  Series begins with "A Question of Upbringing" and concludes with "Hearing Secret Harmonies".  The series is also available in 4 omnibus editions titled "Movements" 1-4.

"Nelson and Emma" trilogy by David Donachie (aka Jack Ludlow, Tom Connery).  Series features the private and political intrigues of famous British military naval hero Horatio Nelson and his longtime mistress-love Emma Lyon.  Series includes "On Making Tide", "Tested by Faith", and "Breaking the Line".  

"Rose of York" medieval trilogy by Sandra Worth.  A story of England’s Richard III; his boyhood, reign as reluctant king, romance with Anne Neville, and relationship with brother George.  Series includes "Love and War", "Crown of Destiny", and "Fall From Grace".

"Plantagenets" series of 6 by Juliet Dymoke (aka Juliet Dymoke de Schanschieff). Traces the fortunes of the Plantagenet monarchs through nearly four hundred years, from Henry II to Richard III. Light romance. Series begins with "Pride of Kings", and concludes with "Sun in Spendour".

"Marshal" trilogy by Elizabeth Chadwick. Story of the great 12th century knight William the Marshal (William Marshal). This series is lighter on the romance than many of Chadwick’s other books. Trio includes "The Greatest Knight", "The Scarlet Lion", and (story line prequel) "A Place Beyond Courage".

"Barchester" series of 6 by Anthony Trollope.  A chronicle about the affairs of the Anglican Church, clergy and gentry in a small rural cathedral town in the 1850s pre-Victoria era.  Series includes "The Warden", "Barchester Towers", "Doctor Thorne", "Framley Parsonage", "A Small House At Allington", and "The Last Chronicle of Barset". 

"Outlander" 7 +? series by Diana Gabaldon.  Features the adventures of an 18th century Scottish Highland soldier and his time-traveling 20th century nurse paramour.  Series spans time of 1745 Scottish Rising to the American Revolution.  Series begins with "Outlander" (aka "Cross Stitch").  Gabaldon's "Lord John" spin-off series features a secondary character from the "Outlander" series.

"Jacobite" trilogy by D. K. (Dorothy Kathleen) Broster.  Set 1745-1775 Scotland and features a Highland chieftain and relatives during the Jacobite rebellion.  Series includes "The Flight of the Heron", "The Gleam in the North", and "The Dark Mile".

"Camulod Chronicles" (aka "A Dream of Eagles") 9 volume series by Jack Whyte.  Series covers two centuries (beginning in the 5th century) of Roman-decaying and Arthurian-developing Britain.  Series begins with "The Skystone" and ends with "The Eagle".

"Strongbow Saga" trilogy by Judson Roberts.  Follows the adventures of Halfdan Hroriksson, a young Dane, across the Viking world in the latter half of the 9th century.  Series begins with "Viking Warrior", followed by "Dragons From the Sea", and "The Road to Vengeance". 

"Viking" trilogy by Tim Severin. Story of Thorgils Leiffson’s (illegitimate son of Leif Ericson and mysterious Irish witch Thorgunna) life.  Set in the ancient Viking world beginning in the year 1001.  Trilogy includes "Odin’s Child", "Sworn Brother", and "King’s Man".

"Viking" (aka "Sigurdson") trilogy by Henry Treece. Tales of Harald Sigurdson as he plunders the coastal villages of England and Scotland. Based on surviving Viking sagas. Rather graphic depictions of violence. Trilogy includes "Viking’s Dawn", "Road to Miklagard", and "Viking Sunset".

"Saxon Chronicles" series of 4 +? by Bernard Cornwell.  Set in medieval 9-10th century England and features Alfred the Great, his descendants and Danish Vikings. Series includes "The Last Kingdom", "The Pale Horseman", "The Lords of the  North", and "Sword Song".

"Kristin Lavransdatter" trilogy by Sigrid Undset.  Recount of medieval Scandinavian life.  Series includes " Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath", "Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wife", and "Kristin Lavransdatter:  The Cross".  See the somewhat companion series "Master of Hestviken" quartet also by Undset. 

"Josephine B." trilogy by Sandra Gulland.  Set in late 18th century France and inspired by the life of Josephine Bonaparte.  Trio includes "The Many Lives and Secret Sorrows of Josephine B.", "Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe", and "The Last Great Dance on Earth". 

"Napoleon" quartet by Max Gallo.  Set in 18th century France, series features the life of Napoleon from his youth in 1779 in military school through 1812 and his campaign as Emperor to conquer Russia.  The series begins with "The Song of Departure", "The Sun of Austerlitz",  "The Emperor of Kings" and concludes with "The Eternal Man of St. Helana".

"Song of Montségur" trilogy by Derek Armstrong.  Set in 13th century France, it is a character-driven history of the last of the Cathars, the rise of the Inquisition, exploits of the famous adventurer-troubadour Ramon Lull, and the creation of the Tarot deck in medieval Europe.  Series includes "The Last Troubadour", "The Last Quest", and "The Last Stand".

"Tarn" trilogy by Hannah Closs. Set in 13th century Southern France and tells of the Albigensian heresy (Cathar rebels defied the Catholic Church). Series includes "High Are the Mountains", "Deep Are the Valley’s", and "The Silent Tarn".

"Rashi’s Daughters" trilogy by Maggie Anton. Series chronicles the lives and loves of the three daughters (Joheved, Miriam, and Rachel) of Talmudic Rabbi and scholar Solomon ben Isaac (Rashi). Set in the Jewish community of 11th century medieval France. ("Rashi’s Daughter: Secret Scholar" is promoted as the Young Adult prequel to the series, and is actually a reworking of "Joheved".)

"Angelique" series of 13 by Anne and Serge Golon.  Adventure series features the French heroine Angelique set mid 17th century France during the reign of Louis XIV.  Series begins with "Angélique, the Marquise of the Angels".  Wikipedia has complete list.

"Transylvanian" trilogy by Miklos Banffy features the decade of changing Hungarian life before the Great WWI, the end of the Habsburg Empire, and forfeit of Transylvania to Romania.  Series includes "They Were Counted", "They Were Found Wanting", and "They Were Divided".

"Dublin Saga" duo by Edward Rutherfurd.  Features key events of Irish history starting in pre-Christian 430 AD to early 20th century.  Twosome includes ""The Princes of Ireland" and "The Rebels of Ireland". 

"Irish" trilogy by Thomas Flanagan.  Features Ireland’s struggle for independence from Britain, from the 1789 rebellion to the Civil War of the 1920s through voices of both fictional and non-fictional characters.  Series includes "The Year of the French", "The Tenants of Time", and "The End of the Hunt".

"Galway Chronicles" quartet by Bodie and Brock Thoene. Story of the political and economic strife in Ireland, fight for independence from English, and of the personal struggles of some of her inhabitants. Set early 1840s. Series includes "Only the River Runs Free ", "Of Men and Angels", "Ashes of Remembrance", and "All Rivers to the Sea".

"Irish Century" quartet by Morgan Llywelyn.  Recounts Ireland's rebellion against British rule and struggle for independence.  Series includes "1916", "1921", "1949" and "1972".

"Welsh Princes" trilogy by Sharon Kay Penman.  Set in 13th century medieval Wales.  Story of the princess Gwynedd and decline of the Welsh kings.  Trilogy includes "Here Be Dragons", "Falls the Shadows", and "The Reckoning".

"Knights" trilogy by Vaughn Heppner. Trilogy depicts 13th century life in Wales at the beginning of the civil war (1263) between Earl Simon de Montfort and King Henry III of England. Series features a dog keeper and felon’s son who would become a knight of daring and romance. Trio includes "Keeper of the Dogs", "The Outlaw Knight", and "The Druids Curse".

"House of Niccolo" series of 8 by Dorothy Dunnett (aka Dorothy Halliday).  Set in 15th century renaissance Flanders and features a dyer's apprentice who schemes and swashbuckles his way to the helm of a powerful mercantile empire.  Series begins with "Niccolo Rising" and concludes with "Gemini".  Dunnett's "Lymond Chronicles" 6 volume series continues the stories of the "The House of Niccolò"  descendants in the 16th century.  The "Lymond Chronicles" series begins with "The Game of Kings" and concludes with "Checkmate".

"The Venetians" trilogy by Thomas Quinn. Series tells of the bitter and enduring rivalry between two Italian aristocratic families. The series begins in 1452 and is set in the context of the Venetian Renaissance, continuing war between Venice and the Ottoman Empire, the Ferrara War, and the constant intrigues of the powerful papacy. Trilogy includes "The Lion of St. Marks", "The Sword of Venice", and "Venice Stands Alone".

The "Botticelli" trilogy by Linda Proud brings to life the Lorenzo de' Medici's Italy through characters key to the Italian Renaissance. Trilogy includes "A Tabernacle for the Sun", "Pallas and the Centaur", and "The Rebirth of Venus".

"Polish" trilogy by Henryk Sienkiewicz (aka Litwos) describes 17th century society in Poland during the wars with the Cossacks, Turks and Swedes.  Series includes "With Fire and Sword", "The Deluge", and "Fire in the Steppe". 

"Roger Brook" 12 volume series by Dennis Wheatley.  Features the exploits throughout Europe and Asia of British Spy Roger Brook.  Series begins in 1783 with "The Launching of Roger Brook", and concludes in 1814 with "Desperate Measures".

"The Baroque Cycle" trilogy by Neal Stephenson.  Epic tomes deal with the rise of the scientific worldview and the beginnings of modern capitalism in 16th, 17th and early 18th century Europe.  Series includes "Quicksilver", "The Confusion", and "The System of the World". 

"Islam" (anticipated series of five) by Tariq Ali. Character-driven novels set in Europe and cover the confrontation of Christian and Islamic (Muslim) civilizations at different periods of European history (beginning in medieval 1153). The series includes "Shadows of the Pomegranate Tree", "The Book of Saladin, "The Stone Woman" and "A Sultan in Palermo" (chronologically first in the series story line).

SERIES SET IN ASIA

"Ibis" (anticipated) trilogy by Amitav Ghosh.  Series features colonial India and Imperial China.  Opens with "Sea of Poppies" set 1838 on the eve of the British attack on Chinese ports in what will become the Opium Wars.  

"Cairo" trilogy by Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz.  Story set in colonial (early 20th century) Egypt and features three generations of a Muslim family in Cairo during Britain’s occupation of Egypt.  Trio includes "Palace Walk", "Palace of Desire", and "Sugar Street".

"Alexandria" quartet by Lawrence Durrell (aka Charles Norden). Set amidst the intrigues in Alexandria, Egypt of the 1930s and 1940s. The series represents four different points of view on a single set of events and characters. Series includes "Justine", "Balthazar", "Mountolive", and "Clea".

"Asian Saga" of 7 by James Clavell.  Epic series includes (per story timeline) "Shogun" (1600's medieval feudal Japan), "Tai-Pan" (1841 Hong Kong), "Gai-Jun" (1862 feudal Japan), "King Rat" (1945 Japanese prison camp in Malaya), "Noble House" (1963 contemporary Hong Kong), "Whirlwind" and "Escape" (both 1979 Iran post Shah exile)."

"Rakehell Dynasty" quartet by Michael William Scott. A New England shipping/merchant family and their kin in London risk convention and develop a new style ship-the clipper. Soon they become powerful traders with China, deeply involved in the politics and love of the Middle Kingdom, her people and her enemies. Series primarily set in China and lesser in London and America. Series includes "Rakehell Dynasty", "China Bride", "Orient Affair", and "Mission to Cathay".

"House of Earth" trilogy by Pearl S. Buck.  Depicts life of a Chinese peasant family in early 20th century.  Series includes "The Good Earth" (Pulitzer Prize winner), "Sons", and "A House Divided".

"China Coast" trilogy by Christopher New.  Series starts in early 20th century and recounts the British presence in China throughout the century.  Trio includes "Shanghai", "The Chinese Box", and "A Change of Flag". 

"Eight Banners" duo by Alan Savage (aka Christopher Nicole, Nicholas Grant, Robin Cade, Caroline Gray, Andrew York).  Story involves mid 19th century China’s decaying Ming Dynasty, the Manchus, and the exploits of an opportunistic English merchant (and his family).  Duo comprised of "The Eight Banners" and "The Last Bannerman". 

"Raj" quartet by Paul Scott.  Set in early 1940s India during the years leading up to independence from the British sovereignty.  Series features "The Jewel in the Crown", "The Day of the Scorpion", "The Towers of Silence" and "A Division of the Spoils".  Story concludes in Booker Prize winner sequel "Staying On".

The "Burmese" trilogy by Prem Sharma.  A trio of fictional works based on Sharma’s experiences during the WWII Japanese invasion of Burma, and taking of refugee in India (at the time of India’s struggle for independence).  Trilogy includes prequel "Karma’s Embrace", "Mandalay’s Child", and "Escape from Burma".

"The Root and the Flower" trilogy by Leopold Myers set in 16th century Mughal India and follows the adventures of a prince, his wife and their son.  Trio includes "The Near and the Far", "Prince Jali", and "Rajah Amar".

"Falcon" trilogy by Axel Aylwen.  Set in 17th century Siam and features the Greek born English Merchant Constantine Phaulkon’s (Falcon of Siam) rise to power during the reign of King Narai the Great.  Series includes "The Falcon of Siam", "The Falcon Takes Wing", and "The Falcon’s Last Flight".

"Daimyo" trilogy by William Morell. Adventure/romance series featuring a former legendary warrior samurai, now a Ronin. Set in 1500’s feudal Japan, although series adventures to other locales in Europe (UK) and Asia (Ottoman Empire). Trilogy includes "Daimyo", "Daimyo’s Revenge", and "Daimyo’s Conquest".

"John Mung" series of 5 by Dov Silverman. Adventure series inspired by the real life of Nakahama Manjirō aka John Manjiro (Mung) who was a Japanese sailor, educator, interpreter, and one of the first Japanese to visit the contintental U.S. Series set in 19th century Japan (primarily) and includes "Fall of the Shogun", "The Black Dragon", "The Shishi", "Tairo", and "To the Gates of Hell".

The "Kirov" trilogy by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles (aka Elizabeth Bennett, Emma Woodhouse).  This historical romance trilogy is set throughout the 19th and early 20th century Russia.  Trilogy includes "Anne", "Fluer", and "Emily".

"Russian" quartet by Christopher Nicole (aka Alan Savage, Robin Cade, Nicholas Grant, Caroline Gray, Andrew York).  Epic of military, political and romantic intrigue set in mid 19th century Russia.

"Destiny of Eagles" series of 5 by Sacha Carnegie.  Series begins in 1748 and is set primarily in Poland, and Russia.  Story of love that survives "war, revolution and time".  Series includes "The Banners of Love", "The Banners of War", "The Banners of Power" (aka "Kasia and The Empress"), "The Banners of Courage" and "The Banners of Revolt".

"Romanov" trilogy by Evelyn Anthony.  Set primarily in 18th century Russia and features Catherine the Great and her descendants.  Trio includes "Imperial Highness" (Catherine's rise to power), "Curse Not the King" (Catherine's bitter conflict with her hated son, Paul Petrovitch), and "Far Fly the Eagles" (Catherine's grandson, Czar Alexander I and his battle against Napoleon).

"Arbat" trilogy by Anatoli Rybakov. Vast panorama of Soviet life under Stalin, charts the experiences of a group of childhood friends who grew up in Moscow's Arbat district. Set early 1930s ("Five Year Plan", Ukraine famine, Great Purge, Sergey Kirov’s murder, "Stalin’s Children") through 1943 (Soviet Union turned the tide of WWII against Nazi Germany). Suspense, intrigue, romance, violent action, and psychological study. Series includes "Children of the Arbat" ("Deti Arbata"), "Fear" ("Strakh"), and "Dust and Ashes" ("Prakh i Pepel").

"Buru" quartet by Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Set in the Dutch East Indies (Java) in 20th century and represents a sweep of Indonesian history and colonial politics. The quartet follows the personal and political life of a leader of the revolution against the Dutch, from early in the century through independence. Foursome includes "This Earth of Mankind", "Child of all Nations", "Footsteps", and "House of Glass ". 

"Rosales Saga" quintet by F. Sionil Jose.  Chronicles a century of Philippine history as experienced by multi-generations of one family.  Begins with Filipino life on the eve of the Spanish-American War in 1880s in "Dusk".  Series also includes "Tree", "My Brother, My Executioner", "The Pretenders", and "Mass".

SERIES SET IN NORTH AND SOUTH AMERICA

"Calling Crow" trilogy by Paul Clayton.  Saga features the peaceful Muskogee tribe in their native lands in Southeastern America (later to be known as Georgia and South Carolina), and their struggles with the invading Spanish Catholics.  Trilogy includes "Calling Crow", "Flight of the Crow", and "Calling Crow Nation".  

"Real People Saga" series of 12 +? by Robert J. (Jackson) Conley.  Traces Cherokee history in American, beginning in 1500 with "The Way of the Priests" through the late 18th century with "Sequoyah".

"Spanish Bit Saga" multi-volume (29) western frontier series by Don Coldsmith. Features the time in the early 16th century when the horse was introduced to Native Americans of the Central Plains by Spanish explorers. Two of these explorers were separated from their party, and were adopted by a fictional Plains tribe. The series chronicles the adventures and experiences of the explorers’ Spanish-Indian descendants. Series begins with "Trail of the Spanish Bit", and concludes with "The Moon of Madness". (There are also three Spanish Bit "spin-off" books: "World of Silence", "The Traveler", and "The Changing Wind".)

"The Colonization of America" (aka "White Indian") 28 volume series by Donald Clayton Porter (aka James Reasoner, Dana Fuller Ross, Noel Gerson, Samuel Edwards, Hank Mitchum, Peter Danielson).  Story of a white English infant abducted and raised as the Seneca Indian "Renno" who becomes a warrior chief during the turbulent times of colonial America.  Series begins in 1670 with "White Indian" and continues with generations of Renno’s descendants through "Medicine Shield".

"Lonesome Dove" quartet by Larry McMurtry.  Saga of the American West and adventures of two Texas Rangers from the time of the Republic of Texas to the beginning of the 20th century.  Series includes (listed chronologically per storyline) "Dead Man's Walk", "Comanche Moon", "Lonesome Dove" (Pulitzer Prize winner), and "Streets of Laredo".

"Trail Drive" series of 22 (+?) by Ralph Compton (later books in the series were written after Compton’s death yet under his name by assignment to authors Ralph Cotton, Jory Sherman (aka Cort Martin), Dusty Richards and Robert Vaughan).  Features the adventures of previous Texas Rangers turned bold trail-drivers.  The series begins just after the Civil War in 1865 with "The Goodnight Trail" and continues with descendants and associates of various characters through "Trail to Cottonwood Falls".

"Plainsmen" series of 16 by Terry C. Johnston.  Features the adventures of Army scout Seamus Donegan through various battles with Native Americans.  Series begins in 1866 with "Sioux Dawn" and "Turn the Stars Upside Down".  See also Johnston’s "Titus Bass" (aka "Mountain Man") series of 6 which features a mountain man, explorer, trapper in the American West beginning with "Dance on the Wind".  Also by Johnston are trilogies "Jonas Hook" about a Confederate POW escapee beginning with "Cry of the Hawk", and "Son of the Plains" about George Custer beginning with "Long Winter Gone".

"Saga of the Sierras" (aka "Legends of the West") series of 12 +? by Bodie and Brock Thorne.  Series follows the lives of several  pioneer families of the Western American frontier (California) circa mid 19th century.  Series begins with "The Man From Shadow Ridge".

"Big Sky" series of 3 by A. B. (Arthur Bertram) Guthrie, Jr. depicts the lives of Americans settling the far American West along the upper Missouri and Columbia rivers from 1820 to the beginning of the 20th century.  Series includes "The Big Sky", "The Way West", and "Fair Land, Fair Land".

"Sons of Texas" trilogy by Tom Early (aka Elmer Kelton, Alex Hawk, Lee McElroy).  Series follows the lives and adventures of the Mordecai Lewis family from 1816 through the era of the Alamo and Texas Independence in the 1830’s, and culture clashes inbetween.  Trio includes "Sons of Texas", "The Raiders", and "The Rebels".  See also the "Texas Rangers" multi-volume series (8 ?) by Elmer Kelton which chronicles of the origins of the renowned Texas Rangers, beginning with "The Buckskin Line".

"Sackett" series of 19 + ? by Louis L’Amour (aka Tex Burns, Jim Mayo).  American frontier family saga series beginning with (per story line chronology) "Sackett’s Land" set 1600s.  Features Barnabas Sackett as an outlaw of his native England who sets out to the New World for opportunities and pioneers his way across the American wilderness.  Series continues with adventures of multi-generations through 1879.  Louis L'Amour website has a helpful list of the "Sackett" novels in recommended reading order.

"Wilderness" series of 5 (? 6 total planned) by Sara Donati (aka Rossina Lippi).  Multi-generational saga of the early American Bonner family set in 1790s up-state New York wilderness.  Series includes "Into the Wilderness", "Dawn on a Distant Shore", "Lake in the Clouds", "Fire Along the Sky", and "Queen of Swords".

"Wagons West" series of 24 by Dana Fuller Ross (aka James Reasoner, Noel Gerson, Donald Clayton Porter, Samuel Edwards, Hank Mitchum, Peter Danielson).  Series features the families on the first wagon train heading to Oregon in 1837, and continues on with descendants through 1941.  Series starts with "Independence" and concludes with "Celebration".  Fantastic Fiction website has complete series listed.  See also the prequel trilogy "Wagons West Frontier" beginning with "Westward!".  See also two sequel series "The Holts, An American Dynasty" beginning with "The Oregon Legacy", and it’s sequel "Wagons West Empire" beginning with "Honor!". 

"Leatherstocking Tales" series of 5 by James Fenimore Cooper.  Set in 18th century American wilderness and features the adventures of a hunter, Indian fighter, American spy for the British.  Volumes (in story sequence) per Wikipedia are:  "The Deerslayer" (aka "The First Path"), "The Last of the Mohicans" (aka "A Narrative of 1757"), "The Pathfinder" (aka "The Inland Sea"), "The Pioneers" (aka "The Sources of the Susquehanna; A Descriptive Tale"), and "The Prairie" (aka "A Tale").

"Winning of America" series of 6 by Allan W. Eckert. Account of the native American Indians, French, English, early American colonists, and the conflicts involved in wrestling the westward expansion of North America. Series begins with "The Frontiersmen: A Narrative" and concludes with "Twilight of Empire".

"Tennessee Frontier" (aka "Overmountain Men") trilogy by Cameron Judd.  Family saga features frontier life and adventures the settlers encountered on the plains of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Virginia during 1757 to 1777.  Series includes "Overmountain Men", "The Border Men", and "The Canebrake Men".

"The Kentuckians" trilogy by Janice Holt Giles about the settling of the Kentucky frontier. Series starts in 1775 and includes "The Kentuckians" (the story of the men, including Daniel Boone, who first established homesteads in Kentucky), "Hannah Fowler" (story of a strong pioneer woman), and "The Believers" (Kentucky independence versus conspiracy to be a Spanish territory).

"Skye’s West" series of 18 +? by Richard S. Wheeler.  Features the gritty exploits and adventures of Barnaby Skye, a deserter from the British Royal Navy and legendary mountain man, frontiersman, trapper and guide.  Primarily set in the American West frontier wilderness.  Chronologically the story begins in 1826 with prequels “Rendezvous” and "Dark Passage".  

"Awakening Land" trilogy by Conrad Richter.  The story follows the Luckett family's migration from Pennsylvania to Southeastern Ohio, and traces the transformation of Ohio from wilderness to farmland to the site of modern industrial civilization within the lifetime of a single character. Series includes "The Trees", "The Fields", and "The Town" (1951 Pulitzer Prize winner).

"Beulah" series of 5 by Mary Lee Settle.  A multi-generational family saga about the roots of American culture, class and identity.  Traces three hundred years of three families from Cromwell's England to a West Virginia valley.  Series includes "Prisons", "O Beulah Land", "Know Nothing", "The Scapegoat", and "The Killing Ground".

"Savannah" quartet by Eugenia Price.  Saga of the Old South.  Follows the fortunes of the American city of Savannah, Georgia and three families from the time periods 1800 to 1860 (through the War of 1812 and Civil War).  Series includes "Savannah", "To See Your Face Again", "Before the Darkness Falls", and "Stranger in Savannah".  See also Price’s Old South saga "Florida" trilogy (set 18th century Northern Spanish Florida and weaves in the state's Spanish and Seminole history) beginning with "Don Juan McQueen".

"Quaker" trilogy by Jan de Hartog.  Features Quaker migration to, and life in America set primarily in the 17th century.  Trio includes "The Peaceable Kingdom", "The Lamb's War", and "The Peculiar People".

"Emigrant" quartet by Vilhelm Moberg.  Saga of the Swedish immigrant's experience settling in the American frontier mid-west (Minnesota) in the 19th century.  Series includes "The Emigrants", "Unto a Good Land", "The Settlers", and "The Last Letter Home".

"City of Dreams" 4 +? series by Beverly Swerling.  Multi-generational family saga set in early days of the mid Atlantic States 1660s to 1886 and features the intertwined destinies of two early immigrant families.  Series includes "City of Dreams:  A Novel of Early Manhattan", "City of Glory: A Novel of War and Desire in Old Manhattan", "Shadowbrook: A Novel of Love, War, and the Birth of America", and "City of God".

"American Chronicles" (aka "Narratives of Empire") series of 7 by Gore Vidal.  Series follows the growth of America from colonial times to the 1950s through the a weaving of experiences of a fictional family with non-fictional historical characters.  The series includes "Burr", "Lincoln", "1876", "Empire", "Hollywood", "Washington, D.C.", and "The Golden Age".

"America West" historical romance trilogy by Rosanne Bittner. The series chronicles the settling of the United States with each book moving progressively West into a new location and era. Trilogy includes "Into the Wilderness: the Long Hunters" (set 1750s Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania amidst the French and Indian War), "Into the Valley: the Settlers" (set 1780 Ohio Valley amidst the American Revolution), and "Into the Prairie: the Pioneers" (set 1810 on the wild prairies of the Indiana Territory). See also Bittner’s American historical romance series of 7 "Savage Destiny" which begins in 1845 with "Sweet Prairie Passion".

"U.S.A." trilogy by John Dos Passos. The series relates the lives of 12 different characters struggling to find a place in the developing American society of the 20th century (1910 to 1930). Trilogy includes "42nd Parallel", "1919", and "The Big Money".

"The American Chronicles" series of 9 +? by Robert Vaughn (aka Paul Fairman, Paula Moore, Eugenius Philalethes and many other pseudonyms).  Series represents a panorama of iconic American experiences with a perspective from all walks of life.  Series opens at the beginning of the 20th century in 1904 with robber-baron industrialists and rapid territorial expansion in "Dawn of the Century".

"The Border" trilogy by Cormac McCarthy.  Features a depiction of ranch life on the New Mexico-Mexico border in the 1940s and early 1950s.  Trilogy includes "All the Pretty Horses", "The Crossing", and "Cities of the Plain".

"Abram’s Daughters" Christian romance series of 5 by Beverly Lewis.  Series begins 1946 in rural Lancaster country, Pennsylvania.  It spans 3 generations and features 5 sisters, their extended families, and the Amish Old Order.  Series includes "The Covenant", "The Betrayal", "The Sacrifice", "The Prodigal", and "The Revelation".  Other series by Lewis set in Amish Lancaster county include the "Heritage of Lancaster County" trilogy beginning with "The Shunning" and "Amish Country Crossroads" beginning with "The Postcard".

"Haitian" trilogy by Martin Smartt Bell.  Series features Toussaint Louverture and the Haitian Slave Rebellion (successfully transforms Haiti from a European colony to the world’s first Black republic) set in the late 1700s and early 1800s.  Series begins with "All Souls Rising", followed by "Master of the Crossroads", and concludes with "The Stones That the Builders Refused".

SERIES SET IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

"The Potato Factory" trilogy by Bryce Courtenay about Australia’s convict past and colonization. Trio includes "The Potato Factory", "Tommo and Hawk", and "Solomon’s Song".

"The Timeless Land" trilogy by Eleanor Dark. Series is set in the late 18th and early 19th centuries and traces the development of European settlement in Australia. Features interactions between Australia’s first white settlers at Sydney Cove and the local Aborigines. Series includes "The Timeless Land", "Storm of Time", and "No Barrier".

"Outback" multi-generational family saga series of 6 by Aaron Fletcher. Series is set in the Australian outback and features the lives of descendants of a female convict and their settlement of Australia. Series begins 1808 with "Outback" and concludes in "Outback Legacy".

"The Australians" series of 12 by William Stuart Long (aka Vivian Stuart, V. A. Stuart). Features saga of Australia’s settlement from first fleet through independence. Series begins 18th century with "The Exiles" and ends in 20th century with "The Imperialists".

"Bird/Duffy" 4 +? by Peter Watt. The story of two feuding families (the Mackintoshes, wealthy Scottish landowners, and the Duffys, poor Irish labourers), and their attempts to tame the wilds of 19th century outback of Queensland Northern Australia. Series begins with "Cry of the Curlew".

"The New Zealand Wars" trilogy by Maurice Shadbolt. Set 1840s to 1860’s colonial New Zealand and features the battles and skirmishes between Maori Hone Heke, Titokowaru, Kimball Bent, Te Kooti and the British Army. Trio includes (per story line chronology) "The House of Strife", "Monday’s Warriors", and "Season of the Jew.

"Oracles and Miracles" family trilogy by Stevan Edlred-Grigg. Series is set in the early 20th century, and portrays five generations of a family and the story of a provincial society in Christchurch, New Zealand. Trio includes "Oracles and Miracles", "The Shining City", and "Mum".

External Links

Fantastic Fiction   Extensive listing of fiction titles, authors (including pseudonyms), story summaries, photos of book covers and similar author recommendations. 

Historical Novels  3000 novels sorted by author, time period and geography.

Nautical Fiction  Over 800 authors of novels, novelettes, poetry and short stories related to drama at sea.  Arranged by author with titles often accompanied with brief story summary.

Wolfner Library  Search produces lengthy lists of various themed historical fiction series (i.e. western, "inspirational", family stories).

Historical Fiction Network   Site dense with information, links and lists.  Includes a fairly extensive list of historical fiction by subject and author. 

Prehistoric Fiction Lists pre-historic fiction singles and series.

Fiction Wise eBooks Extensive listings of all sorts of fiction and non-fiction series arranged author and series within category.

Cardinal Books   Historical fiction series category search listed by author and series name.  Seems to feature western, American pioneer series.

BookGuide  Historical fiction family saga series.

British Empire  Interesting site specific to the British Empire with a "Library" section listing (sorted by author and title) historical fiction books written by British citizens and related to British imperialism and colonization. 

Barnes and Noble Historical Fiction search  Historical fiction search broken down into fairly specific categories (by time period, geographic location).

Amazon Historical Fiction search Useful site to read book reviews as well as links to helpful and fun "Listmanias". 

Wikipedia Historical Fiction  Information about authors, books (both single and series) and interesting related links.

Mystical Unicorn  Site includes search for author pseudonyms.

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