Feb 19 2015 8:10am

Throwback Thursday: First Unusual Historical?

By Possession by Madeline HunterEach month, Wendy the Super Librarian shares her Best Bets for Unusual Historicals. Now that the third season of Vikings returns tonight, it seems like today's Throwback Thursday is a good time to ask what the first non-Regency historical you ever read was—what was the title, the author, and what time period was it from? 

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1. PhoebeChase
Jenn Bennett's Roaring Twenties series. PNR set in prohibition-era San Francisco. I love these books!
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I think mine would be one of Amanda Quick's medievals--Mystique or Desire.
3. keen23
I think it was Catherine Coulter's Rosehaven- a medieval period book. It also might have been Jude Devereaux's Black Lyon, another medieval period novel.
4. Kareni
Ah, from reading the post's title, I was thinking of out of the ordinary themes (rather than locations and time periods). I was all set to mention
LaVyrle Spencer's The Fulfillment! It's possible that my first non-regency romance might have been one of Mary Stewart's books or perhaps Jane Eyre. Did Barbara Cartland ever write any non-Regencies? I must have read over a hundred of her books (no joke) when I was a young teen. Or perhaps the first was one of Georgette Heyer's non-Regencies.
5. lauralee1912
I read a number of Medieval romances while in college, but can't remember the first. I'm guessing it was a Roberta Gellis book.

Favorite was Troilus and Cressida by Chaucer, subject of my senior paper, even though it didn't have an HEA. ;)
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
I read a lot of historical westerns, I think, but like @lauralee1912, I can't remember what ones. Lorraine Heath pops to mind. I'm sure she wasn't my first though. Probably a medieval I found in my local library!
7. pamelia
Having cut my teeth on Kathleen Woodiwiss, I think it must have been "The Wolf and the Dove" which is set during the time of William the Conquerer (and he appears in the book in a scene or two).
My favorite non-regency read from my early days was "The Kadin" by Bertrice Small set in the Ottoman Empire. I haven't read it in about a decade, but I might have to go back and see if it is as good as I recall or if I have outgrown it (so to speak).
I think most of the historicals I read in the late 80s were NOT set in the Regency time period -- I remember a lot set in the Americas, Russia, Scandanavia, and a lot of medievals.
Mary Lynne Nielsen
8. emmel
No question: my first was The Wolf and the Dove by Woodiwiss. But the first one that jumped to mind when I read non-Regency historical was Wild Indigo by Judith Stanton--set in a Moravian community during the Revolutionary War! And the book starts with the sect leaders casting lots to see who would marry. Seriously.
9. Beth aka Scifibookcat
The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer. I checked out this and her other Regencies from the library over and over again.
10. ntaskimmie2
I'm not sure what the first one I read was either. There were so many, but I remember reading some unamed Indian book, but I know I read Leigh Greenwood's cowboy series. Ah...I love a good cowboy book. I might need to read one right now about a hot cattle drive since we have about 5 or 6 inches of the south!
11. TessaD
My first non-regency was my first non-harlequin romance novel ever: The Bride by Julie Garwood. Set in the medieval highlands, it began my love for all things medieval, though the preferred era changed over the years.
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