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Cecelia Holland

Author of Floating Worlds

Includes the names: Ceclia Holland, Cecelia Holland, Cecilia. Holland

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Born in Henderson, Nevada, Cecelia Holland was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Connecticut College, where she received her B.A. degree. She has served as a visiting professor of English at Connecticut College since 1979. Holland's historical novels have received broad critical acclaim. According to one critic, she "proves that there can be more to historical thrillers than swordplay and seduction." (Time) Among her novels is City of God (1979), which is set in Rome during the period of the Borgia family. Told from the point of view of Nicolas, a secretary to the Florentine ambassador to Rome, this novel brings to life the period of the Renaissance, including the political intrigue that characterized Rome at the time. Other works include Until the Sun Falls (1969), a story of the ancient Mongols and their empire, The Firedrake (1966), her first published novel, Great Maria (1974), The Bear Flag (1990), and Pacific Street (1991). Holland is very adept at capturing the period she writes about, including the clothing, furnishings, and customs of the time. One critic has noted that Holland "is never guilty of the fatuity which plagues most historical fiction: she never nudges the reader into agreeing that folks way back then were really just like you and me, only they bathed less often." (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from Floating Worlds… (more)
Floating Worlds 397 copies, 4 reviews
Jerusalem 227 copies, 6 reviews
Great Maria 213 copies, 8 reviews
Pillar of the Sky 208 copies, 3 reviews
The Soul Thief 137 copies, 5 reviews
Valley of the Kings 107 copies, 4 reviews
The Belt of Gold 102 copies, 3 reviews
The Lords of Vaumartin 98 copies, 2 reviews
Until the Sun Falls 94 copies, 2 reviews
The Earl 94 copies, 5 reviews
City of God 82 copies, 9 reviews
The Firedrake 77 copies, 3 reviews
The Kings in Winter 73 copies, 3 reviews
The Death of Attila 69 copies, 4 reviews
Dragon Heart 64 copies, 7 reviews
The Sea Beggars 63 copies, 2 reviews
The King's Witch 60 copies, 3 reviews
The Witches' Kitchen 53 copies, 1 review
Two Ravens 49 copies
The Bear Flag 47 copies
Varanger 46 copies, 2 reviews
Railroad Schemes 44 copies, 2 reviews
The High City 38 copies, 1 review
The Serpent Dreamer 36 copies, 2 reviews
Kings of the North 34 copies, 2 reviews
Blood on the Tracks 30 copies, 2 reviews
Rakossy 29 copies, 1 review
Lily Nevada 22 copies, 2 reviews
Lincoln's Little Girl 18 copies, 2 reviews
The King's Road 15 copies
Pacific Street 15 copies
Ghost on the Steppe 12 copies, 1 review
Heart of the World 4 copies, 1 review
Home Ground 3 copies
Demon Lover 2 copies
Dangerous Women (Contributor) 1,035 copies, 43 reviews
Warriors (Contributor) 598 copies, 27 reviews
The Book of Swords (Contributor) 232 copies, 8 reviews
Dangerous Women 1 (Contributor) 143 copies, 3 reviews
Onward, Drake! (Contributor) 35 copies, 1 review
Songs of Love Lost and Found (Contributor) 18 copies, 2 reviews
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 1992 (Author "Firebrands of the Franks") 14 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Autumn 2008 (Author "Heraclius Brings Persia to Its Knees") 11 copies
MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History — Winter 1999 (Author "Tours: Medieval Battle Reconsidered") 10 copies
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