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Novels set during the Seven Years' War (French and Indian War, 1754–1763)

Historical Fiction

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Nov 16, 2015, 6:19pm Top

I've read a number of novels set during the Revolutionary periods in both North America and France, but I've never come across one that takes place during this slightly earlier war--the war between the colonies, called the French and Indian War in U.S. history and the Seven Years' war in other accounts.

What fiction set during those events might you recommend?

Edited: Nov 16, 2015, 6:27pm Top

The Last of the Mohicans is set during the French and Indian War. I've not read them, but I believe at least a couple of other books in Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales series also are set in the same time period.

Are you looking for contemporary historical fiction on the subject? I'll keep an eye on this thread, and I hope you get some great recommendations.

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Edited: Nov 17, 2015, 8:45am Top

I'm sure I've read lots of things set in that period, but I can't really remember many of them. Fenimore Cooper is the obvious one. If you're going to read his books, don't read Mark Twain's essay about him until afterwards!

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Thackeray's The Virginians covers the period of the French and Indian Wars and the American Revolution. One of the heroes is with Wolfe at Quebec.
Not as good an historical novel as Henry Esmond, it has a rather corny plot about brothers who end up on opposing sides, but still quite readable if you like Victorian historical fiction.

Candide was written during the period of the wars, and contains quite a few references to contemporary events (e.g. the execution of Admiral Byng "pour encourager les autres").

Several of Scott's novels are set during the mid-18th century, but he doesn't deal with North America - if you're interested in the period, rather than that specific war, you might be interested in e.g. Waverley or Guy Mannering. The same goes for Robert Louis Stevenson.

If you're looking for something more recent, C.C. Humphreys' Jack Absolute novels seem to be popular and get some good reviews, but I haven't tried them myself.

Nov 17, 2015, 10:20am Top

I recently read a short story by Diana Gabaldon called "The Custom of the Army" in the Warriors anthology edited by George Martin, that describes the siege of Quebec (James Wolfe vs Montcalm) ... but I'm not sure I'd recommend it unless you're already her fan.

Nov 17, 2015, 4:01pm Top

Follow the River by James Thom.

It's good. I'm listening to it now.

Feb 6, 2016, 10:03pm Top

Savage Wilderness by Harold Coyle

Feb 7, 2016, 3:07am Top

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