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1st Aug '16 6:32:50 PM PaulA
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** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by MarionZimmerBradley. It has a series of prequels set in Britain co-authored with, and then (after Bradley's death) solely written by, Diana L. Paxson.

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** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by MarionZimmerBradley.Creator/MarionZimmerBradley. It has a series of prequels set in Britain co-authored with, and then (after Bradley's death) solely written by, Diana L. Paxson.
4th Jun '16 6:23:31 AM Doug86
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* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' trilogy is set around and after WorldWarI. You even get to recruit Princess Anastasia Romanov as a party member in ''Covenant'', and meet historical figures like Al Capone in ''From The New World''.

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* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' trilogy is set around and after WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. You even get to recruit Princess Anastasia Romanov as a party member in ''Covenant'', and meet historical figures like Al Capone in ''From The New World''.
30th May '16 3:39:54 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' by Creator/JacquelineCarey stretches the definition towards ConstructedWorld, but is essentially a late Middle-Ages/early Renaissance Europe where Literature/TheFourGospels were literally true, but took a very different turn: His blood shed on the earth at the crucifixion spawned a second messianic figure, Elua, who called a group of angels to leave heaven and follow him; they interbred with humans in the setting's France-equivalent Terre d'Ange. There's workings of high magic and {{Physical God}}s, but little small-scale magic.
25th May '16 1:36:24 AM PaulA
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** The ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' sequences includes a few series like this, one set in {{ancient Greece}} around the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great (''Literature/LionOfMacedon''), and another in Arthurian Britain (''Literature/GhostKing'').

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** The ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' sequences sequence includes a few series like this, one set in {{ancient Greece}} around the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great (''Literature/LionOfMacedon''), and another in Arthurian Britain (''Literature/GhostKing'').
25th May '16 1:35:47 AM PaulA
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** Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Ghost King'' and ''The Last Stone of Power'', much more akin to "fantasy" than "historical" fiction though they're set in post-Roman Britain.

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** Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Ghost King'' ''Literature/GhostKing'' and ''The Last Stone Sword of Power'', much more akin to "fantasy" than "historical" fiction though they're set in post-Roman Britain.



* Creator/DavidGemmell has a few series like this, one set in {{ancient Greece}} around the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great, and another in [[KingArthur Arthurian Britain]]. He's also got one set during the siege of Troy, though that one is presented in such a way that almost all of the supernatural things apart from [[CassandraTruth Cassandra's precognition]] have obvious natural explanations.

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* Creator/DavidGemmell has Creator/DavidGemmell:
** The ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' sequences includes
a few series like this, one set in {{ancient Greece}} around the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great, Great (''Literature/LionOfMacedon''), and another in [[KingArthur Arthurian Britain]]. Britain (''Literature/GhostKing'').
**
He's also got one set during the siege of Troy, though that one is presented in such a way that almost all of the supernatural things apart from [[CassandraTruth Cassandra's precognition]] have obvious natural explanations.
13th May '16 11:02:16 PM Doug86
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* Takashi Matsuoka's ''CloudOfSparrows'' and ''Autumn Bridge'' are set in 19th century Japan, but some members of the Okumichi clan can see the future.

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* Takashi Matsuoka's ''CloudOfSparrows'' ''Literature/CloudOfSparrows'' and ''Autumn Bridge'' are set in 19th century Japan, but some members of the Okumichi clan can see the future.
3rd May '16 2:07:09 PM TheFantasyChronicler
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* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' is set in the 16th century during Spain's exploration/exploitation of the New World, but with [[LostTechnology Lost]] {{Magitek}}.

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* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' is set Arguably due to the presence of AnthropomorphicPersonifications, ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' would likely count as well. Especially in the 16th century during Spain's exploration/exploitation way the Nations are presented in contrast to [[{{Muggles}} their citizens]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' injects [[HermeticMagic alchemy]] (specifically, the [[ImmortalityInducer Elixir of Life]] and [[ArtificialHuman homunculi]]) into the [[{{Gangsterland}} organized crime world]]
of the New World, but 1930s.
* ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' largely takes place in a 1970s Japan that looks very much like the real world deal...[[CaptainObvious except for the aforementioned vampires]] running around.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' the modern myths of King Arthur were created and perpetuated by Guinevere. The original story is far different,
with [[LostTechnology Lost]] {{Magitek}}."Artos" being a god the Brittish worshipped after he killed a [[HistoricalInJoke Roman general who had become a Campione]] and became their land's protector.



* The 2003 version of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' becomes this [[spoiler: near the end of the series and in ''[[Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa Conqueror of Shamballa]]'']].
* ''VideoGame/{{Gatekeepers}}'' likewise is set a bit further back, in 1969-70 Tokyo, with a dash of AlternateHistory. Aside from the Invaders and super powered heroes, it does manage to capture the real economic and social changes in Japan during that time.



* ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'' takes place during the Hundred Years War.
* ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold'' is set in the 16th century during Spain's exploration/exploitation of the New World, but with [[LostTechnology Lost]] {{Magitek}}.
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''.
* ''Manga/SamuraiChamploo'' has some minor fantastical elements, like the existence of ki. Zombies, however, are most likely [[MushroomSamba mushroom-induced hallucinations]].



* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' injects [[HermeticMagic alchemy]] (specifically, the [[ImmortalityInducer Elixir of Life]] and [[ArtificialHuman homunculi]]) into the [[{{Gangsterland}} organized crime world]] of the 1930s.
* ''Manga/SamuraiChamploo'' has some minor fantastical elements, like the existence of ki. Zombies, however, are most likely [[MushroomSamba mushroom-induced hallucinations]].
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke''
* ''Anime/BloodTheLastVampire'' largely takes place in a 1970s Japan that looks very much like the real world deal...[[CaptainObvious except for the aforementioned vampires]] running around.
* ''VideoGame/{{Gatekeepers}}'' likewise is set a bit further back, in 1969-70 Tokyo, with a dash of AlternateHistory. Aside from the Invaders and super powered heroes, it does manage to capture the real economic and social changes in Japan during that time.
* Arguably due to the presence of AnthropomorphicPersonifications, ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' would likely count as well. Especially in the way the Nations are presented in contrast to [[{{Muggles}} their citizens]].
* ''Manga/MariaTheVirginWitch'' takes place during the Hundred Years War.
* The 2003 version of ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' becomes this [[spoiler: near the end of the series and in ''[[Anime/FullmetalAlchemistTheConquerorOfShamballa Conqueror of Shamballa]]'']].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Campione}}'' the modern myths of King Arthur were created and perpetuated by Guinevere. The original story is far different, with "Artos" being a god the Brittish worshipped after he killed a [[HistoricalInJoke Roman general who had become a Campione]] and became their land's protector.



* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is set in Gaul under Roman rule, the Gauls village is the last one not to fall to the Romans because their druid is able to provide them with a magic potion that grants them super strength.



* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' is set in Gaul under Roman rule, the Gauls village is the last one not to fall to the Romans because their druid is able to provide them with a magic potion that grants them super strength.



* ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' similarly takes place in a Virginia that has talking willow trees, with the titular heroine having distinct shamanic powers. Filmmakers stressed that they were merely adapting a legend rather than what really happened.
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' downplays it but it's based on the ballad of Hua Mulan, a Chinese mythological figure. It's a fantasy version of Ancient China, though the only overt fantasy elements are the spirits of Mulan's ancestors and her talking dragon sidekick.

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* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' downplays it but it's based on the ballad of Hua Mulan, a Chinese mythological figure. It's a fantasy version of Ancient China, though the only overt fantasy elements are the spirits of Mulan's ancestors and her talking dragon sidekick.
* ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' similarly takes place in a Virginia that has talking willow trees, with the titular heroine having distinct shamanic powers. Filmmakers stressed that they were merely adapting a legend rather than what really happened.
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' downplays it but it's based on the ballad of Hua Mulan, a Chinese mythological figure. It's a fantasy version of Ancient China, though the only overt fantasy elements are the spirits of Mulan's ancestors and her talking dragon sidekick.
happened.



* ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' is a fantasy version of a real-life event where two girls took photos of fairies in their garden (they later confessed that they had faked the photos). The film shows that the fairies are indeed real, with guardian angels implied to exist too.



* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' takes place at the dawning of the 19th century, and deals with a WickedWitch summoning the Headless Horseman from the depths of Hell as part of a revenge plot. This is in contrast to the book, where the Horseman is only a trick organised by the locals.

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* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' takes ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' the movies take place at in the dawning of the 19th century, 1940s and deals with a WickedWitch summoning the Headless Horseman from the depths of Hell as part of a revenge plot. This is in contrast to the book, 50s where Indie has to encounter various mythical artefacts such as TheArkOfTheCovenant and the Horseman is only a trick organised by the locals.HolyGrail.



* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' the movies take place in the 1940s and 50s where Indie has to encounter various mythical artefacts such as TheArkOfTheCovenant and the HolyGrail.
* ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' is a fantasy version of a real-life event where two girls took photos of fairies in their garden (they later confessed that they had faked the photos). The film shows that the fairies are indeed real, with guardian angels implied to exist too.

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* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' the movies take ''Film/SleepyHollow'' takes place in at the 1940s dawning of the 19th century, and 50s deals with a WickedWitch summoning the Headless Horseman from the depths of Hell as part of a revenge plot. This is in contrast to the book, where Indie has to encounter various mythical artefacts such as TheArkOfTheCovenant and the HolyGrail.
* ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory''
Horseman is only a fantasy version of a real-life event where two girls took photos of fairies in their garden (they later confessed that they had faked trick organised by the photos). The film shows that the fairies are indeed real, with guardian angels implied to exist too.locals.



* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' by Susanna Clarke is set in RegencyEngland, with TheFairFolk and [[FunctionalMagic magicians]].

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* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''.
** And ''Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter''.
** And ''King Henry VIII: Wolfman''.
** And ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls''.
** And ''Pride & Prejudice & Zombies''.
** And ''Dreadfully Ever After''.
** And ''Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters''.
* Modern retellings of the [[KingArthur Arthurian mythos]] often overlap with HistoricalFiction to show the writer's version of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_basis_for_King_Arthur "true story" behind the legend]]. These are set in a more or less historical Europe in the [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Ages]] (or TheLowMiddleAges) instead of the fantasyland Europe of ChivalricRomance, usually depicted as HighMiddleAges. These may trade the glittering castles and [[KnightinShiningArmor knights in shining plate armor]] for [[{{Demythtification}} wooden hill-forts and horsemen in leather and chain mail]]. But magic and other fantastic elements may remain, thus falling under this trope. Other retellings (listed under {{Demythtification}}) play it straight and omit all fantastic elements.
** Gillian Bradshaw's ''Down the Long Wind'' trilogy. The fantasy elements are strongest in the first book, wherein Gwalchmai (Gawain) receives [[{{Excalibur}} Caledfwlch]] from the Celtic Otherworld and opposes the Dark sorcery of his mother Morgause as a servant of the Light. These elements are less pronounced in the sequels - possibly because of [[SwitchingPOV different narrators]] in each book: Gwalchmai, then his [[KidSidekick Teen Sidekick]] or "squire", then Gwynhwyfar (Guinevere).
** Stephen R. Lawhead's ''Pendragon Cycle'' series contains virtually no "flashy" magic like spell-casting, etc. But Merlin is descended from [[{{Atlantis}} Atlanteans]], who are treated like Tolkien's Elves - including their longevity and application of magic.
** Joan Wolf's ''The Road to Avalon'' has no magical elements except for Arthur and Morgan le Fay (portrayed as Arthur's true love) sharing a telepathic link. Merlin is a Roman-trained engineer.
** Courtway Jones' ''In the Shadow of the Oak King'' similarly strips out the magic except for making Arthur and his half-brother Pelleas telepaths. Pelleas also [[BondCreatures bonds with]] a pack of wolves. Merlin is a blacksmith and general wise man.
** Bernard Cornwell's ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' trilogy takes the MaybeMagicMaybeMundane route for the first two books, but the waters get muddy in the third book due to some {{Contrived Coincidence}}s. It also has an UnreliableNarrator.
** Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Ghost King'' and ''The Last Stone of Power'', much more akin to "fantasy" than "historical" fiction though they're set in post-Roman Britain.
** ''[[Literature/{{Gwenhwyfar}} Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit]]''
by Susanna Clarke Creator/MercedesLackey.
** ''Mad Merlin'' by J. Robert King and its sequels.
** ''The Coming of the King'' by Nikolai Tolstoy.
** The ''Arthor'' series by A. A. Attanasio.
** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by MarionZimmerBradley. It has a series of prequels set in Britain co-authored with, and then (after Bradley's death) solely written by, Diana L. Paxson.
** ''The White Raven'', a retelling of Tristan and Isolde by Diana L. Paxson. Followed by ''The Hallowed Isle'' series, her own retelling of the Arthurian legends.
* ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'', also by Hambly, about a cursed artifact that winds up being a prop in a Hollywood film.
* ''The Cardinal's Blades'' series by Pierre Pevel is Creator/AlexandreDumas with dragons and dragon-kin, and also a PerspectiveFlip since the heroes are agents of Richelieu.
* ''Literature/TheCatsOfSeroster'' by Creator/RobertWestall
is set in RegencyEngland, a fairly realistic version of 16th Century France, with TheFairFolk the tactics, weaponry and [[FunctionalMagic magicians]].technology of the era preserved intact. It's just that there also happen to be [[{{telepathy}} telepathic]] cats and mystical knives that grant immortality to the wielder.
* ''Child of the Eagle'' by Creator/EstherFriesner. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Venus]] appears to [[AncientRome Marcus Brutus]] and convinces him to thwart the assassination of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
* Takashi Matsuoka's ''CloudOfSparrows'' and ''Autumn Bridge'' are set in 19th century Japan, but some members of the Okumichi clan can see the future.
* Colleen [=McCullough's=] novels set in {{ancient Rome}} are all considered historical fiction, but feature a few ambiguous fantastical elements such as various prophecies coming true and omens almost always being accurate.
** Acurate prophecies and omens are fairly common in "realist" fiction, and frequently are not considered fantastical elements. After all, lots of people in the [[RealLife real world]] believes those things to be true. It should also be noted that the Romans themselves placed great stock in fortunetelling and divination.
* Sylvain Hotte's ''Darhan'' series takes place in the time of Genghis Khan.



* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' is an odd example, since most of the action takes place outside of historical England. The majority of the mystical parts are contained within the land beyond the wall. The wall is just a low stone wall running across the bottom of a village, which happens to contain a gate to the world that is spoken of in fairy tales. The part of England in that world is full of living stars and lightning smugglers. The real world, however, is so mundane that any part of the fairy realm that isn't at least partly from the real world would not survive the trip, turning into lifeless matter.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'' by Lian Hearn.
* ''Literature/KeturahAndLordDeath''. Romance with Death taking place in the Middle ages.
* Sylvain Hotte's ''Darhan'' series takes place in the time of Genghis Khan.

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* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' is an odd example, since most ''Devil's Tower'' and ''Devil's Engine'' by Mark Sumner: A combination of the action takes place outside of historical England. fantasy and western genres. The majority Battle of Shiloh released magic into the world. A generation later the United States and the Confederacy are confined to the east and the western half of the mystical parts are contained within country is broken up into isolated communities run by sheriffs who've mastered some magical powers.
* ''Literature/ForgottenGods'' has TheFairFolk returning 18th century Britain.
* Ben Kane's Literature/TheForgottenLegion trilogy, set during
the land beyond the wall. The wall is just a low stone wall running across the bottom of a village, which happens to contain a gate to the world that is spoken of in fairy tales. The part of England in that world is full of living stars and lightning smugglers. The real world, however, is so mundane that any part last decades of the fairy realm that isn't at least partly from Roman Republic. One of the real world would not main characters is the Etruscan seer Tarquinius, one of the few such genuine ones in the books. His divination skills help his friends, fugitive gladiators Romulus and Brennus, survive various escapades -- from Crassus' defeat in Parthia to serving as mercenaries further East (hence the trip, turning into lifeless matter.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'' by Lian Hearn.
* ''Literature/KeturahAndLordDeath''. Romance
title), to serving with Death taking place Caesar in Egypt, leading all the Middle ages.
* Sylvain Hotte's ''Darhan'' series takes place in
way to the time Ides of Genghis Khan.March. Romulus' twin sister Fabiola, sold to a brothel instead of a ludus, also occasionally has accurate visions regarding her brother.



* ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' by Susanna Clarke is set in RegencyEngland, with TheFairFolk and [[FunctionalMagic magicians]].
* ''Literature/KatIncorrigible'' features an alternate Regency, with magic.
* ''Literature/KeturahAndLordDeath''. Romance with Death taking place in the Middle ages.
* Creator/EricFlint and DaveFreer's ''Krim Pyramids" books may qualify, taking place largely in Greek and Egyptian myths.
* Paul Kearney's ''Macht Trilogy''. The first novel, ''The Ten Thousand '' retells Creator/{{Xenophon}}'s ''Literature/{{Anabasis}}''; the remaining novels, ''Corvus'' and ''Kings of Morning'', loosely follow the life of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
* ''The Magicians and Mrs Quent'': a somewhat barefaced hodgepodge of Creator/JaneAusten, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/HenryJames, ''Literature/JaneEyre'', and a couple other 19th century British greats, set in a parallel universe with a really odd sun cycle where magic provides a rationale for some of the gender roles that century is famous for. Clearly evoking the kind of RegencyEngland fantasy Susannah Clarke achieved, but with considerably less subtlety, grace, or prose style.



* Takashi Matsuoka's ''CloudOfSparrows'' and ''Autumn Bridge'' are set in 19th century Japan, but some members of the Okumichi clan can see the future.
* Colleen [=McCullough's=] novels set in {{ancient Rome}} are all considered historical fiction, but feature a few ambiguous fantastical elements such as various prophecies coming true and omens almost always being accurate.
** Acurate prophecies and omens are fairly common in "realist" fiction, and frequently are not considered fantastical elements. After all, lots of people in the [[RealLife real world]] believes those things to be true. It should also be noted that the Romans themselves placed great stock in fortunetelling and divination.
* Naomi Novik's ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series is set during the Napoleonic wars... with [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] as air support!
* The books in Creator/AnneRice's [[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Vampire cycle]] that are set in the past qualify since they are depictions of history - except with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]].
** The same is true of the ''Vampire Plagues'' series.
* Creator/CarolineStevermer's ''Literature/ScholarlyMagics'' series is set in an AlternateHistory early twentieth century with FunctionalMagic.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede and Creator/CarolineStevermer's ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia'' and its sequels (RegencyEngland, but with [[FunctionalMagic mages]]!). Also, Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/MairelonTheMagician'' and ''Magician's Ward''.

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* Takashi Matsuoka's ''CloudOfSparrows'' Marie Brennan's ''Literature/OnyxCourt'' series recounts the secret history of London and ''Autumn Bridge'' are set the faeries living beneath it, from Elizabethan times through the Victorian era.
* ''Literature/{{Portlandtown}}'' takes place
in late 19th century Japan, but some members of the Okumichi clan can see the future.
* Colleen [=McCullough's=] novels set in {{ancient Rome}} are all considered historical fiction, but feature a few ambiguous fantastical elements such as various prophecies coming true and omens almost always being accurate.
** Acurate prophecies and omens are fairly common in "realist" fiction, and frequently are not considered fantastical elements. After all, lots of people in the [[RealLife real world]] believes those things to be true. It should also be noted that the Romans themselves placed great stock in fortunetelling and divination.
* Naomi Novik's ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series is set during the Napoleonic wars...
Portland, with [[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] as air support!
* The books in Creator/AnneRice's [[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Vampire cycle]] that are set in the past qualify since they are depictions of history - except with [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]].
** The same is true of the ''Vampire Plagues'' series.
* Creator/CarolineStevermer's ''Literature/ScholarlyMagics'' series is set in an AlternateHistory early twentieth century with FunctionalMagic.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede
subtly magic and Creator/CarolineStevermer's ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia'' and its sequels (RegencyEngland, but with [[FunctionalMagic mages]]!). Also, Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/MairelonTheMagician'' and ''Magician's Ward''.unsubtle zombies.



* Most of Andrzej Sapkowski's newer, post-''[[Literature/TheWitcher Witcher]]'' works fall into this category. This includes the "Literature/HussiteTrilogy", a series of {{historical fantasy}} adventure novels taking place in 15th century Silesia and the Kingdom of Bohemia [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin during the time of the Hussite Wars]].

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* Most of Andrzej Sapkowski's newer, post-''[[Literature/TheWitcher Witcher]]'' works fall into this category. This includes the "Literature/HussiteTrilogy", ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'', a series of {{historical fantasy}} adventure novels taking place in 15th 13th century Silesia saga that mixes history and fantasy in its portrayal of the Kingdom 9th century Viking Age.
* ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and sequels by Nancy Farmer.
* Creator/CarolineStevermer's ''Literature/ScholarlyMagics'' series is set in an AlternateHistory early twentieth century with FunctionalMagic.
* ''Literature/ShadesOfMilkAndHoney'': Mary Robinette Kowal's sweet evocation
of Bohemia [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Creator/JaneAusten and her own art of puppetry (recast as the magic of illusions). Quietly focused on characterization and a slow-burn romance, but with the magical talents an integral, trivial yet all-pervasive force, building to a quite exciting climax.
** It is RegencyEngland [[InSPACE with Magic!]].
* ''Literature/TheShadowOfBlackWings'' series by James Calbraith, a steam fantasy set in alternative version of 19th century Wales and Japan.
* Creator/PatriciaCWrede and Creator/CarolineStevermer's ''Literature/SorceryAndCecelia'' and its sequels (RegencyEngland, but with [[FunctionalMagic mages]]!). Also, Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/MairelonTheMagician'' and ''Magician's Ward''.
* Creator/NeilGaiman's ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' is an odd example, since most of the action takes place outside of historical England. The majority of the mystical parts are contained within the land beyond the wall. The wall is just a low stone wall running across the bottom of a village, which happens to contain a gate to the world that is spoken of in fairy tales. The part of England in that world is full of living stars and lightning smugglers. The real world, however, is so mundane that any part of the fairy realm that isn't at least partly from the real world would not survive the trip, turning into lifeless matter.
* ''Literature/TheStrangelyBeautifulSeries'' involves the guard facing off against Hades, the ruler of the whisper world,
during the time of the Hussite Wars]].Victorian era.
* ''Literature/TalesOfTheOtori'' by Lian Hearn.



* ''Devil's Tower'' and ''Devil's Engine'' by Mark Sumner: A combination of the fantasy and western genres. The Battle of Shiloh released magic into the world. A generation later the United States and the Confederacy are confined to the east and the western half of the country is broken up into isolated communities run by sheriffs who've mastered some magical powers.
* ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''
** And ''Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter''
** And ''King Henry VIII: Wolfman''
** And ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls''
** And ''Pride & Prejudice & Zombies''
** And ''Dreadfully Ever After''
** And ''Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters''
* ''Literature/TheStrangelyBeautifulSeries'' involves the guard facing off against Hades, the ruler of the whisper world, during the Victorian era.
* ''Literature/ShadesOfMilkAndHoney'': Mary Robinette Kowal's sweet evocation of Creator/JaneAusten and her own art of puppetry (recast as the magic of illusions). Quietly focused on characterization and a slow-burn romance, but with the magical talents an integral, trivial yet all-pervasive force, building to a quite exciting climax.
** It is RegencyEngland [[InSPACE with Magic!]].
* ''The Magicians and Mrs Quent'': a somewhat barefaced hodgepodge of Creator/JaneAusten, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/HenryJames, ''Literature/JaneEyre'', and a couple other 19th century British greats, set in a parallel universe with a really odd sun cycle where magic provides a rationale for some of the gender roles that century is famous for. Clearly evoking the kind of RegencyEngland fantasy Susannah Clarke achieved, but with considerably less subtlety, grace, or prose style.
* Paul Kearney's ''Macht Trilogy''. The first novel, ''The Ten Thousand '' retells Creator/{{Xenophon}}'s ''Literature/{{Anabasis}}''; the remaining novels, ''Corvus'' and ''Kings of Morning'', loosely follow the life of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
* Marie Brennan's ''Literature/OnyxCourt'' series recounts the secret history of London and the faeries living beneath it, from Elizabethan times through the Victorian era.
* Modern retellings of the [[KingArthur Arthurian mythos]] often overlap with HistoricalFiction to show the writer's version of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_basis_for_King_Arthur "true story" behind the legend]]. These are set in a more or less historical Europe in the [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Ages]] (or TheLowMiddleAges) instead of the fantasyland Europe of ChivalricRomance, usually depicted as HighMiddleAges. These may trade the glittering castles and [[KnightinShiningArmor knights in shining plate armor]] for [[{{Demythtification}} wooden hill-forts and horsemen in leather and chain mail]]. But magic and other fantastic elements may remain, thus falling under this trope. Other retellings (listed under {{Demythtification}}) play it straight and omit all fantastic elements.
** Gillian Bradshaw's ''Down the Long Wind'' trilogy. The fantasy elements are strongest in the first book, wherein Gwalchmai (Gawain) receives [[{{Excalibur}} Caledfwlch]] from the Celtic Otherworld and opposes the Dark sorcery of his mother Morgause as a servant of the Light. These elements are less pronounced in the sequels - possibly because of [[SwitchingPOV different narrators]] in each book: Gwalchmai, then his [[KidSidekick Teen Sidekick]] or "squire", then Gwynhwyfar (Guinevere).
** Stephen R. Lawhead's ''Pendragon Cycle'' series contains virtually no "flashy" magic like spell-casting, etc. But Merlin is descended from [[{{Atlantis}} Atlanteans]], who are treated like Tolkien's Elves - including their longevity and application of magic.
** Joan Wolf's ''The Road to Avalon'' has no magical elements except for Arthur and Morgan le Fay (portrayed as Arthur's true love) sharing a telepathic link. Merlin is a Roman-trained engineer.
** Courtway Jones' ''In the Shadow of the Oak King'' similarly strips out the magic except for making Arthur and his half-brother Pelleas telepaths. Pelleas also [[BondCreatures bonds with]] a pack of wolves. Merlin is a blacksmith and general wise man.
** Bernard Cornwell's ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' trilogy takes the MaybeMagicMaybeMundane route for the first two books, but the waters get muddy in the third book due to some {{Contrived Coincidence}}s. It also has an UnreliableNarrator.
** Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Ghost King'' and ''The Last Stone of Power'', much more akin to "fantasy" than "historical" fiction though they're set in post-Roman Britain.
** ''[[Literature/{{Gwenhwyfar}} Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit]]'' by Creator/MercedesLackey.
** ''Mad Merlin'' by J. Robert King and its sequels.
** ''The Coming of the King'' by Nikolai Tolstoy.
** The ''Arthor'' series by A. A. Attanasio.
** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by MarionZimmerBradley. It has a series of prequels set in Britain co-authored with, and then (after Bradley's death) solely written by, Diana L. Paxson.
** ''The White Raven'', a retelling of Tristan and Isolde by Diana L. Paxson. Followed by ''The Hallowed Isle'' series, her own retelling of the Arthurian legends.
* ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'', a 13th century saga that mixes history and fantasy in its portrayal of the 9th century Viking Age.
* ''Child of the Eagle'' by Creator/EstherFriesner. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Venus]] appears to [[AncientRome Marcus Brutus]] and convinces him to thwart the assassination of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
* ''Literature/ForgottenGods'' has TheFairFolk returning 18th century Britain.

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* ''Devil's Tower'' and ''Devil's Engine'' by Mark Sumner: A combination of the fantasy and western genres. The Battle of Shiloh released magic into the world. A generation later the United States and the Confederacy are confined to the east and the western half of the country Naomi Novik's ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series is broken up into isolated communities run by sheriffs who've mastered some magical powers.
* ''Literature/AbrahamLincolnVampireHunter''
** And ''Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter''
** And ''King Henry VIII: Wolfman''
** And ''Dawn of the Dreadfuls''
** And ''Pride & Prejudice & Zombies''
** And ''Dreadfully Ever After''
** And ''Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters''
* ''Literature/TheStrangelyBeautifulSeries'' involves the guard facing off against Hades, the ruler of the whisper world,
set during the Victorian era.
* ''Literature/ShadesOfMilkAndHoney'': Mary Robinette Kowal's sweet evocation of Creator/JaneAusten and her own art of puppetry (recast as the magic of illusions). Quietly focused on characterization and a slow-burn romance, but
Napoleonic wars... with the magical talents an integral, trivial yet all-pervasive force, building to a quite exciting climax.
** It is RegencyEngland [[InSPACE with Magic!]].
* ''The Magicians and Mrs Quent'': a somewhat barefaced hodgepodge of Creator/JaneAusten, Creator/CharlesDickens, Creator/HenryJames, ''Literature/JaneEyre'', and a couple other 19th century British greats, set in a parallel universe with a really odd sun cycle where magic provides a rationale for some of the gender roles that century is famous for. Clearly evoking the kind of RegencyEngland fantasy Susannah Clarke achieved, but with considerably less subtlety, grace, or prose style.
* Paul Kearney's ''Macht Trilogy''. The first novel, ''The Ten Thousand '' retells Creator/{{Xenophon}}'s ''Literature/{{Anabasis}}''; the remaining novels, ''Corvus'' and ''Kings of Morning'', loosely follow the life of UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat.
* Marie Brennan's ''Literature/OnyxCourt'' series recounts the secret history of London and the faeries living beneath it, from Elizabethan times through the Victorian era.
* Modern retellings of the [[KingArthur Arthurian mythos]] often overlap with HistoricalFiction to show the writer's version of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historical_basis_for_King_Arthur "true story" behind the legend]]. These are set in a more or less historical Europe in the [[DarkAgeEurope Dark Ages]] (or TheLowMiddleAges) instead of the fantasyland Europe of ChivalricRomance, usually depicted
[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]] as HighMiddleAges. These may trade the glittering castles and [[KnightinShiningArmor knights in shining plate armor]] for [[{{Demythtification}} wooden hill-forts and horsemen in leather and chain mail]]. But magic and other fantastic elements may remain, thus falling under this trope. Other retellings (listed under {{Demythtification}}) play it straight and omit all fantastic elements.
** Gillian Bradshaw's ''Down the Long Wind'' trilogy. The fantasy elements are strongest in the first book, wherein Gwalchmai (Gawain) receives [[{{Excalibur}} Caledfwlch]] from the Celtic Otherworld and opposes the Dark sorcery of his mother Morgause as a servant of the Light. These elements are less pronounced in the sequels - possibly because of [[SwitchingPOV different narrators]] in each book: Gwalchmai, then his [[KidSidekick Teen Sidekick]] or "squire", then Gwynhwyfar (Guinevere).
** Stephen R. Lawhead's ''Pendragon Cycle'' series contains virtually no "flashy" magic like spell-casting, etc. But Merlin is descended from [[{{Atlantis}} Atlanteans]], who are treated like Tolkien's Elves - including their longevity and application of magic.
** Joan Wolf's ''The Road to Avalon'' has no magical elements except for Arthur and Morgan le Fay (portrayed as Arthur's true love) sharing a telepathic link. Merlin is a Roman-trained engineer.
** Courtway Jones' ''In the Shadow of the Oak King'' similarly strips out the magic except for making Arthur and his half-brother Pelleas telepaths. Pelleas also [[BondCreatures bonds with]] a pack of wolves. Merlin is a blacksmith and general wise man.
** Bernard Cornwell's ''Literature/TheWarlordChronicles'' trilogy takes the MaybeMagicMaybeMundane route for the first two books, but the waters get muddy in the third book due to some {{Contrived Coincidence}}s. It also has an UnreliableNarrator.
** Creator/DavidGemmell's ''Ghost King'' and ''The Last Stone of Power'', much more akin to "fantasy" than "historical" fiction though they're set in post-Roman Britain.
** ''[[Literature/{{Gwenhwyfar}} Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit]]'' by Creator/MercedesLackey.
** ''Mad Merlin'' by J. Robert King and its sequels.
** ''The Coming of the King'' by Nikolai Tolstoy.
** The ''Arthor'' series by A. A. Attanasio.
** ''Literature/TheMistsOfAvalon'' by MarionZimmerBradley. It has a series of prequels set in Britain co-authored with, and then (after Bradley's death) solely written by, Diana L. Paxson.
** ''The White Raven'', a retelling of Tristan and Isolde by Diana L. Paxson. Followed by ''The Hallowed Isle'' series, her own retelling of the Arthurian legends.
* ''Literature/RagnarLodbrokAndHisSons'', a 13th century saga that mixes history and fantasy in its portrayal of the 9th century Viking Age.
* ''Child of the Eagle'' by Creator/EstherFriesner. [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Venus]] appears to [[AncientRome Marcus Brutus]] and convinces him to thwart the assassination of UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar.
* ''Literature/ForgottenGods'' has TheFairFolk returning 18th century Britain.
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* ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'', also by Hambly, about a cursed artifact that winds up being a prop in a Hollywood film.
* ''Literature/TheCatsOfSeroster'' by Creator/RobertWestall is set in a fairly realistic version of 16th Century France, with the tactics, weaponry and technology of the era preserved intact. It's just that there also happen to be [[{{telepathy}} telepathic]] cats and mystical knives that grant immortality to the wielder.
* ''The Cardinal's Blades'' series by Pierre Pevel is Creator/AlexandreDumas with dragons and dragon-kin, and also a PerspectiveFlip since the heroes are agents of Richelieu.
* ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and sequels by Nancy Farmer.
* Ben Kane's Literature/TheForgottenLegion trilogy, set during the last decades of the Roman Republic. One of the main characters is the Etruscan seer Tarquinius, one of the few such genuine ones in the books. His divination skills help his friends, fugitive gladiators Romulus and Brennus, survive various escapades -- from Crassus' defeat in Parthia to serving as mercenaries further East (hence the title), to serving with Caesar in Egypt, leading all the way to the Ides of March. Romulus' twin sister Fabiola, sold to a brothel instead of a ludus, also occasionally has accurate visions regarding her brother.
* ''Literature/TheShadowOfBlackWings'' series by James Calbraith, a steam fantasy set in alternative version of 19th century Wales and Japan.
* ''Literature/KatIncorrigible'' features an alternate Regency, with magic.
* ''Literature/{{Portlandtown}}'' takes place in late 19th century Portland, with subtly magic and unsubtle zombies.
* Creator/EricFlint and DaveFreer's ''Krim Pyramids" books may qualify, taking place largely in Greek and Egyptian myths.

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* ''Literature/BrideOfTheRatGod'', also by Hambly, about a cursed artifact The books in Creator/AnneRice's [[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Vampire cycle]] that winds up being a prop in a Hollywood film.
* ''Literature/TheCatsOfSeroster'' by Creator/RobertWestall is
are set in a fairly realistic version the past qualify since they are depictions of 16th Century France, history - except with the tactics, weaponry and technology [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]].
** The same is true
of the era preserved intact. It's just that there also happen to be [[{{telepathy}} telepathic]] cats and mystical knives that grant immortality to ''Vampire Plagues'' series.
* Most of Andrzej Sapkowski's newer, post-''[[Literature/TheWitcher Witcher]]'' works fall into this category. This includes
the wielder.
* ''The Cardinal's Blades''
"Literature/HussiteTrilogy", a series by Pierre Pevel is Creator/AlexandreDumas with dragons and dragon-kin, and also a PerspectiveFlip since the heroes are agents of Richelieu.
* ''Literature/TheSeaOfTrolls'' and sequels by Nancy Farmer.
* Ben Kane's Literature/TheForgottenLegion trilogy, set during the last decades of the Roman Republic. One of the main characters is the Etruscan seer Tarquinius, one of the few such genuine ones in the books. His divination skills help his friends, fugitive gladiators Romulus and Brennus, survive various escapades -- from Crassus' defeat in Parthia to serving as mercenaries further East (hence the title), to serving with Caesar in Egypt, leading all the way to the Ides of March. Romulus' twin sister Fabiola, sold to a brothel instead of a ludus, also occasionally has accurate visions regarding her brother.
* ''Literature/TheShadowOfBlackWings'' series by James Calbraith, a steam fantasy set in alternative version of 19th century Wales and Japan.
* ''Literature/KatIncorrigible'' features an alternate Regency, with magic.
* ''Literature/{{Portlandtown}}'' takes place in late 19th century Portland, with subtly magic and unsubtle zombies.
* Creator/EricFlint and DaveFreer's ''Krim Pyramids" books may qualify,
{{historical fantasy}} adventure novels taking place largely in Greek 15th century Silesia and Egyptian myths.the Kingdom of Bohemia [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin during the time of the Hussite Wars]].



* ''Series/DaVincisDemons'': A young Leonardo da Vinci defends Medici-controlled Florence and combats a Papal conspiracy with the ancient Sons of Mithras.



* ''Series/DaVincisDemons'': A young Leonardo da Vinci defends Medici-controlled Florence and combats a Papal conspiracy with the ancient Sons of Mithras.



* ''Theatre/WitchesTheMusical''

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* ''Theatre/WitchesTheMusical''''Theatre/WitchesTheMusical''.



* ''Roleplay/MarkedRP''
* ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals''

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* ''Roleplay/MarkedRP''
* ''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals''
''Roleplay/AHDotComEternals''.



* ''Roleplay/MarkedRP''.



* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' within each era, there's a secret war between the Templars and the Assassins, who are trying to find and utilize the pieces of Eden. The settings take place from the Crusades, the American Revolution, to the present day.
* ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'',a mod for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', revolves around a fictionalized version of 14th-century France combined with the StandardFantasySetting inherent in the D&D rules, leading to things like the King of France having a red dragon or two as personal pets. Most of the wider setting isn't detailed, but the Duke of Burgundy seems to have incorporated magic into his court pretty effectively.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' is a fantasy RPG set in the UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire during the 15th century, with various elements from local folklore used to flesh out the fantasy aspects.



* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' trilogy is set around and after WorldWarI. You even get to recruit Princess Anastasia Romanov as a party member in ''Covenant'', and meet historical figures like Al Capone in ''From The New World''.



* ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'',a mod for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', revolves around a fictionalized version of 14th-century France combined with the StandardFantasySetting inherent in the D&D rules, leading to things like the King of France having a red dragon or two as personal pets. Most of the wider setting isn't detailed, but the Duke of Burgundy seems to have incorporated magic into his court pretty effectively.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' within each era, there's a secret war between the Templars and the Assassins, who are trying to find and utilize the pieces of Eden. The settings take place from the Crusades, the American Revolution, to the present day.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' is a fantasy RPG set in the UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire during the 15th century, with various elements from local folklore used to flesh out the fantasy aspects.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is 1920s Japan/France/[[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove America]] but with demons -- it's also somewhat AlternateHistory, although the [[SchizoTech crazy steam technology]] and demonic presence doesn't seem to have affected the timeline too much outside of cancelling UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.

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* ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'',a mod for ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'', revolves around a fictionalized version of 14th-century France combined with the StandardFantasySetting inherent in the D&D rules, leading to things like the King of France having a red dragon or two as personal pets. Most of the wider setting isn't detailed, but the Duke of Burgundy seems to have incorporated magic into his court pretty effectively.
* ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' within each era, there's a secret war between the Templars and the Assassins, who are trying to find and utilize the pieces of Eden. The settings take place from the Crusades, the American Revolution, to the present day.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darklands}}'' is a fantasy RPG set in the UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire during the 15th century, with various elements from local folklore used to flesh out the fantasy aspects.
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is 1920s 1920s. Japan/France/[[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove America]] but with demons -- it's also somewhat AlternateHistory, although the [[SchizoTech crazy steam technology]] and demonic presence doesn't seem to have affected the timeline too much outside of cancelling UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
* The ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' trilogy is set around and after WorldWarI. You even get to recruit Princess Anastasia Romanov as a party member in ''Covenant'', and meet historical figures like Al Capone in ''From The New World''.



* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'' is set in Seoul, Korea, of 1968, adding FantasticFoxes to the otherwise realistic setting.



* ''Webcomic/TheFoxSister'' is set in Seoul, Korea, of 1968, adding FantasticFoxes to the otherwise realistic setting.
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* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' the movies take place in the 1940s and 50s where Indie has to encounter various mythical artefacts such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.

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* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' the movies take place in the 1940s and 50s where Indie has to encounter various mythical artefacts such as the Ark of the Covenant TheArkOfTheCovenant and the Holy Grail.HolyGrail.
21st Apr '16 10:24:00 AM fearlessnikki
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' imagines that the famous Romanov heiress was really the target of a magical plot, and Rasputin was really an evil sorcerer (something which many people believed at the time). Fox took care to market the film as a 'historical fairy tale' in Russia not to be taken as fact. It worked and [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales they loved it]].
* ''{{Disney/Pocahontas}}'' similarly takes place in a Virginia that has talking willow trees, with the titular heroine having distinct shamanic powers. Filmmakers stressed that they were merely adapting a legend rather than what really happened.
* ''{{Disney/Mulan}}'' downplays it but it's based on the ballad of Hua Mulan, a Chinese mythological figure. It's a fantasy version of Ancient China, though the only overt fantasy elements are the spirits of Mulan's ancestors and her talking dragon sidekick.
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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' films focus on an order of people called the Immortals, who have appeared at various points throughout history.
* ''Film/SleepyHollow'' takes place at the dawning of the 19th century, and deals with a WickedWitch summoning the Headless Horseman from the depths of Hell as part of a revenge plot. This is in contrast to the book, where the Horseman is only a trick organised by the locals.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' was set in a loose early 18th century setting until the 4th movie set the year in 1750 and introduced historical characters such as Blackbeard[[note]]He's still alive thanks to Voodoo[[/note]], George II of Britain and Ferdinand VI of Spain.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones'' the movies take place in the 1940s and 50s where Indie has to encounter various mythical artefacts such as the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.
* ''Film/FairyTaleATrueStory'' is a fantasy version of a real-life event where two girls took photos of fairies in their garden (they later confessed that they had faked the photos). The film shows that the fairies are indeed real, with guardian angels implied to exist too.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}''
* ''Film/SleepyHollow''
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' was set in a loose early 18th century setting until the 4th movie set the year in 1750 and introduced historical characters such as Blackbeard[[note]]He's still alive thanks to Voodoo[[/note]], George II of Britain and Ferdinand VI of Spain.
* ''Franchise/IndianaJones''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''
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28th Mar '16 8:30:14 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/SakuraTaisen'' is 1920s Japan but with demons -- it's also somewhat AlternateHistory, although the [[SchizoTech crazy steam technology]] doesn't seem to have affected the timeline much.


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* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' is 1920s Japan/France/[[VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove America]] but with demons -- it's also somewhat AlternateHistory, although the [[SchizoTech crazy steam technology]] and demonic presence doesn't seem to have affected the timeline too much outside of cancelling UsefulNotes/WorldWarI.
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