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Classic Ebooks: Historical

  • Sybil, or The Two Nations

      by Benjamin Disraeli   Sybil, or The Two Nations is an 1845 novel by Benjamin Disraeli. Published in the same year as Friedrich Engels’s The Condition of the Working Class in England in 1844, Sybil traces the plight of the working classes of England.

    CONKApril 27, 2015
  • The Girl of the Golden West

      by David Belasco   Based on the 1905 eponymous play.

    CONKDecember 18, 2013
  • Mary Barton

      by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell   Mary Barton is the first novel by English author Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. The story is set in the English city of Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class.

    CONKOctober 23, 2013
  • A Lady of Quality

      by Frances Hodgson Burnett   A Lady of Quality is a novel published in 1896 by Frances Hodgson Burnett that was the second highest best-selling book in the United States in 1896.

    CONKFebruary 25, 2013
  • The Prince and the Pauper

      by Mark Twain   The novel represents Twain’s first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, it tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court off Pudding Lane in London, a…

    CONKFebruary 8, 2013
  • Looking Further Backward

      by Arthur Dudley Vinton   China invades the United States to restore US capitalism in the year 2020 in this dystopian 1890 sequel to Edward Bellamy’s 1888 novel Looking Backward.

    CONKJanuary 31, 2013
  • A Hundred Years Hence : The Expectations Of An Optimist

      by T. Baron Russell   In this serious attempt to forecast the changes ahead in the 20th century from the year 1906, the author deals with the accelerating rate of scientific progress, housing, travel, population, business, pleasure, newspapers, utilization of the sea,…

    CONKJanuary 29, 2013
  • The White Company

      by Arthur Conan Doyle   A historical adventure set during the Hundred Years’ War. The story follows a young man as he leaves the shelter of an abbey in England and becomes involved with Edward, the Black Prince’s campaign in Spain.

    CONKJuly 22, 2011
  • In the Days of Drake

      by Joseph Smith Fletcher   In the whole history of the English people there is no period so absolutely heroic, so full of enthralling interest, as that in which the might of England made itself apparent by land and sea—the period which saw good Queen Bess mistress of Englis…

    CONKJuly 19, 2010
  • The Norsemen in the West

      by Robert Michael Ballantyne   A tale of adventure and evangelism, Ballantyne transforms into engaging historical fiction the well-known facts of the Icelandic Saga–stories of exploration and adventure, blessed marriage, alternating turmoil and peace with indigenous people–al…

    CONKJune 25, 2010
  • The Dragon and the Raven

      by G. A. Henty   In this story the author gives an account of the fierce struggle between Saxon and Dane for supremacy in England, and presents a vivid picture of the misery and ruin to which the country was reduced by the ravages of the sea wolves.

    CONKJune 22, 2010
  • The Young Buglers

      by G. A. Henty   The Young Buglers, A Tale of the Peninsular War is a book by British author G.A. Henty. It was published by Blackie and Son Ltd, London.

    CONKJune 17, 2010
  • Long Live the King!

      by Mary Roberts Rinehart   This is a story of love, intrigue and adventure in a European court. In this story Mrs. Rinehart combines mystery, heart interest, and excitement of her past successes into a story that will be hailed as the most interesting of all her stories.

    CONKJune 16, 2010
  • Wulf the Saxon

      by G. A. Henty   From the creator of exciting, historically accurate fiction for young readers comes this tale of loyalty and courage in 11th-century Britain. Wulf and his best friend, Beorn, fight bravely for their Saxon king capturing castles, rescuing shipwreck…

    CONKJune 11, 2010
  • That Girl Montana

      by Marah Ellis Ryan   The author takes her characters to the wilds of Idaho, in the land of the Kootenais, where the reader is made acquainted with people who win admiration for their honest, sincerity, and the whole-souled generosity of their natures.

    CONKApril 29, 2010
  • The Fifth Queen Crowned

      by Ford Madox Ford   No Description Available

    CONKApril 26, 2010
  • The Fifth Queen

      by Ford Madox Ford   His portrait of Catherine Howard, impulsive, warm-hearted, truth-speaking, yet daring admidst the most un-principled intrigue, is singularly attractive and life-like, making an admirable foil to the grimly-conceived Lady Mary.

    CONKApril 26, 2010
  • The Trumpet-Major

      by Thomas Hardy   Hardy distrusted the application of nineteenth-century empiricism to history because he felt it marginalized important human elements. In The Trumpet Major, the tale of a woman courted by three competing suitors during the Napoleonic wars, he expl…

    CONKMarch 30, 2010