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R.A. MacAvoy is a fantasy author who has written novels set in medieval and nineteenth century Ireland.

Bruce Macbain writes a mystery series featuring the ancient Roman lawyer Pliny the Younger.

Deborah Macgillivray writes a historical romance series set in Scotland during the late thirteenth century.

Erika Mailman writes historical novels set in various times and places, from gold-rush California to medieval Germany.

Kanan Makiya is an Iraqi-American author who writes fiction and nonfiction, including a novel set in seventh century Jerusalem.

David Mamet is a playwright and literary novelist who has written one historical novel set in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1915.

Valerio Massimo Manfredi is an Italian historian who writes historical novels set in the ancient world.

Heinrich Mann, a German author whose work included biographical novels about the Renaissance French King Henry of Navarre, was the elder brother of the more famous novelist Thomas Mann; he died in 1950.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez is a Columbian-born author of contemporary and historical literary novels set in Latin America; he was a pioneer of the style now called "magical realism."

Edward Marston writes several historical mystery series, with settings ranging from medieval England to seventeenth century London after the Great Fire.

William Martin is a screenwriter and novelist best known for his historical novels about the history of Boston, New England and the United States.

Isolde Martyn specializes in historical novels set during the English Wars of the Roses.

Allan Massie is a Singapore-born Scottish author of fiction and nonfiction, including historical novels set in times and places ranging from ancient Rome to the the Second World War.

Jason C. Mavrovitis has written short stories, nonfiction and a novel based on the lives of his Bulgarian ancestors.

Robin Maxwell writes historical novels set in Tudor England.

Antoinette May wrote nonfiction before publishing her recent historical novel about the wife of Pontius Pilate.

C.M. Mayo writes nonfiction and contemporary and historical fiction about Mexico.

Robert McCammon writes horror fiction set in the modern world and various historical periods, including American Colonial times and World War II.

Maria McCann is a literary author whose debut novel is set in the seventeenth century during the English Civil War.

Cormac McCarthy writes literary novels; beginning with Blood Meridian in 1985, all his novels have been set in the American West, most in the nineteenth or twentieth centuries.

Colleen McCullough is an Australian novelist currently best known for her series of historical novels set in ancient Rome.

Ian McEwan is a literary author who writes primarily contemporary novels; Atonement is set in World War I England.

Milena McGraw is the author of a literary novel about a British soldier during World War II.

Nancy McKenzie writes novels based on Arthurian legends.

Larry McMurtry writes contemporary and historical novels set in Texas and the American West.

Arthur Meeker, the son of a Chicago meatpacking executive, wrote historical novels set in various times and places from nineteenth century Chicago to seventeenth century France; he died in 1971.

Robert Merle was a French novelist of contemporary and historical fiction, including a 12-novel series set in seventeenth century France that has not been translated into English and Vittoria, a novel set in Renaissance Italy, which has; he died in 2004.

James Michener pioneered the sweep-of-history novel which follows the history of a specific place from its founding generation into the present; he died in 1997.

Rosalind Miles writes historical fantasy and straight historical novels.

Stuart W. Mirsky is the author of a novel about the Viking exploration of the New World.

Margaret Mitchell wrote only one novel, the classic Gone With the Wind, set in the Civil War South.

Deborah Moggach is a British author of contemporary and historical novels.

Joyce Elson Moore writes historical novels set in medieval Europe

Susanna Moore is a literary author of fiction and nonfiction, including several contemporary novels and one historical.

Michelle Moran writes historical novels set in ancient Egypt.

Fidelis Morgan writes historical novels, including a humorous mystery series set in Restoration England.

Jude Morgan writes historical novels set in various periods of European history.

Robert Morgan is a poet and author of contemporary and historical novels set in Appalachia.

Robin Morgan is a poet and author of both fiction and nonfiction; her historical novel The Burning Time is set in medieval Ireland.

Toni Morrison is a Nobel Prize-winning literary author of contemporary and historical novels set in the United States.

James Morrow writes in various genres, including science fiction and historical.

Ian Morson writes a mystery series set in medieval Oxford.

Nancy Moser is the author of contemporary inspirational fiction and historical fiction, including a biographical novel about Jane Austen.

Kate Mosse is a journalist and author of fiction and nonfiction, including contemporary and historical novels, often including fantasy elements.

Annette Motley published several historical novels during the 1970s and 1980s.


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