Historical Reads: 5 Books to Transport You Into the Past
Travel back in time with these 5 classic historical tales, from Cleopatra and Cicero to the ancient reign of Biblical King David and the debauchery of Henry VIII.
CLEOPATRA’S SHADOWS by Emily Holleman
THE SECRET CHORD by Geraldine Brooks
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book, comes the story of one of literature’s most famous figures. Brooks brings the Biblical King David to life in Second Iron Age Israel, following the arc of his journey from shepherd to soldier, from hero to traitor, and finally from beloved king to murderous despot.
In the words of Cicero himself, “When there is life there is hope.” Dictator, the final installment to Harris’ Cicero trilogy, picks up on the life of the great orator who at age 48, is living in poverty and forced exile. Despite being tormented by failure, he perseveres, managing to gain Caesar’s permission to return to Rome – and so begins Cicero’s next and final act, set against some of history’s most epic events, including the assassination of Julius Caesar and collapse of the Roman republic.
THE LAKE HOUSE: A NOVEL by Kate Morton
In this mystery set against the Gothic backdrop of the English countryside in the 1930s, the youngest son of the wealthy Edevane family vanishes without a trace from the family’s Cornwall estate. The mysterious disappearance, which tears the family apart, is never solved. Decades later, however, in a surprising twist of fate, new evidence is uncovered, revealing shocking truths about a past long gone.