History Books

The Letters of CassiodorusThomas Hodgkin (trans.)Invaluable source data
The Wars of Justinian ProcopiusVery valuable but tedious
The Secret History ProcopiusVery revealing but hardly credible
ConfessionsSaint Augustine
The Consolation of PhilosophyBoethius
Late AntiquityGillian Clark
The World of Late AntiquityPeter Brown
The Later Roman EmpireAveril Cameron
Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity: AD 395-600Averil Cameron
Decline and Fall of the Roman EmpireEdward GibbonThe authority
Wandering Begging MonksDaniel CanerSnippets
The Life of SeverusZachariah of MytileneSnippets
Social and Political Life in Late AntiquityGutteridge, MachadoSnippets
The Civilization of the Middle AgesNorman F. Cantor
People, Personal Expression, and Social Relations in Late AntiquityRalph W. MathisenSnippets
Come and See the Roman HouseCatherine Aitken, Augusta RauricaFor children; very helpful
Getreide, Wein und KrisenUllrich Fellmeth. Antike Welt 1/12
Ingenieurkunst und die Kraft des WassersKlaus Greve. Antike Welt 3/10
The Island of ElbaMarco Lambertini
ElbaMerian Heft 4/XIX, 1963
SynoptikaSilvestre Ferruzzi
Pedemonte e MontemarsaleSilvestre Ferruzzi
Youth in the Roman EmpireChristian Laes and Johan Strubbe

Writers’ Aids

The Art & Craft of Writing Christian FictionJeff Gerke
Show or Tell? James ThayerThat is the question!
Structuring Your NovelK.M. WeilandVery helpful
Outlining Your NovelK.M. WeilandVery helpful
Bring Your Writing to LifeAmy Michelle Wiley, Audrey Miller
New Oxford Style Manual Oxford University Press Invaluable reference
StoryRobert McKee The other authority

Period Novels

The Eagle of the Ninth ChroniclesRosemary SutcliffExcellent read
Ben-HurLew WallaceBrilliant
Tristan and IseultJD SmithGood, not very relevant
The Rise of ZenobiaJD SmithGood, not very relevant
The Fate of an EmperorJD SmithGood, not very relevant
Harvest of RubiesTessa AfsharGood, not very relevant
Harvest of GoldTessa AfsharGood, not very relevant
Komm wieder, PepinoEvelyne HaslerFor children; good
The Dark of the SunC Q YarbroObscure and not relevant
Citadel of GodLouis De WohlVery good read about St. Benedict
The Land of AngelsFay SampsonVery good read, not very relevant
The Oblate’s ConfessionWilliam PeakIntriguing insight into LA monastery life
To Forestall the DarknessVann TurnerCa. 590 AD, very infor-mative, poorly edited
Gladiator: Fight for FreedomSimon ScarrowCa. 50 BC, exciting but rather implausible
PompeiiRobert HarrisCa. 79 AD, realistic characters and events

Books to Learn From

RomolaGeorge EliotExcellent character development and plot
Lord JimJoseph ConradWell written but over complex
Nathan CoulterWendell BerryBrilliant narrative
Wolf Hall Hilary MantelFar too complicated
PentecostJ.F. PennUnconvincing
Raw MaterialJJ MarshNot my style
Jane Eyre: Writer’s Digest Annotated ClassicsCharlotte Brontë, K.M. WeilandExcellent writing and helpful annotations
Dream Of Darkness: A Hippo Yeoman mysteryJohn YeomanIntriguing whodunit with helpful annotations

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