To do this, I've come up with a little game that will not only test your historical fiction knowledge but hopefully be fun to participate in, too.
This is the grid you'll have to work with:
(1) The words have to be used in the order given (left to right).
(2) You don't have to use something from every column, as long as the words are in the correct order. For example, if there were historical novels called The Italian Bastard or The Shoe Garden (as far as I know, neither exists), they would count.
(3) Forthcoming titles count. Out-of-print titles count. As long as it's a historical novel that will be or has been published, it counts.
(4) You need to provide both the titles and the authors. (Hint: there are some titles that work for more than one author.)
(5) If you're an author who discovers title possibilities within the grid, you're more than welcome to use them for your next book!
There are 20 books in the pile above. All are unread and in pristine shape, a mix of new books, ARCs, and older titles I've had sitting around for a while. Most were published in summer 2009.
The person who sends the longest list of titles, per the rules above, will win 6 books or his/her choice from the pile. The second-place winner will get to choose 5 books from what remains, the third-place winner will get 4 books... after that, randomly selected entrants will get to choose two apiece from the remaining books until they're all gone.
How to enter:
Email your completed lists to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Title Game." The deadline is Friday, September 4th. One entry per person. International entrants welcome. Please don't leave your contest entries in the comments; if you do, your fellow readers will see your answers and will have every right to use them :)
I'll post the top 3 winners' names and their lists on Saturday, September 5th, and I'll be in touch about the prizes shortly thereafter.
Good luck and happy hunting!