Here is a list and description of some of the historical settings that I've read:
- Ancient Rome
Now this is a tough one. Ancient Rome isn't particularly my favorite time period, but two of the books I've read set in Ancient Rome - Secret of the Lost Settlement: The Duty of Warriors by John J. Horn and From the Dark to the Dawn: A Tale of Ancient Rome by Alicia Willis - were good. John J. Horn did an amazing job with this terrible time in history, and Alicia did well, also. Personally, I don't normally read many books set in this time period, but I do occasionally make exceptions. :) Of course, John Horn's novel was only partially set in a lost Roman expedition of Nero's reign (but most of the book we were engaged in reading of the Roman settlement), while Alicia's tale was completely occupied by Ancient Rome. They're both gripping stories I'd recommend.
The Victorian era happens to be my all-time favorite era - to write and to read about. This time period is honestly so much fun. Some of the books set in this time by some of my favorite authors are: the A Life of Faith series by Martha Finley, Brothers at Arms: Treasure and Treachery in the Amazon (which I've recently reread!), The Boy Colonel: A Soldier Without a Name, and Secret of the Lost Settlement: The Duty of Warriors by John J. Horn, and The Coral Island by R.M. Ballantyne. All amazing tales I would certainly recommend! I believe if I had to choose between Victorian era England and Victorian era America, I would choose America. You've got up and coming cities, the western frontier... But, of course, Victorian era England is also very engaging and exciting.
Okay, so only recently have I been really enjoying the Medieval era...thanks to Alicia Willis' To Birmingham Castle! That book was great, and it was tons of fun reading about chivalrous knights with their squires and pages! This era has become one of my favorites.
The Edwardian era is really a lot like the Victorian era - the beginning of it, anyways. After all, the Edwardian era is right after the Victorian (which ended with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901). The Edwardian time period is 1901-1910, but it is also sometimes extended to include the years leading up to World War I. The only books I've read set in this time would be from Mrs. Janette Oke - the Canadian West series, which I am enjoying.
So, this happens to be the one time period for books I tend to stray away from. Only because the books I have read set in modern day were not very good. Also, it probably is because I live in the world of texts and twitter and Facebook, so it doesn't appeal to me as much as horse drawn carriages and handwritten letters from the Victorian era do. But, give me a good modern book, and I may just change my mind on the matter! :)
- Viking Age
I actually don't know what to call this era! I know that Vikings did exist then, though. I have only read one book set in this time period - The Norsemen in the West by R.M. Ballantyne - so I can't make a complete judgment on the era, but I decided to include it in this list anyways. :)
What is your favorite era? What time period do you usually like to write/read about?