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Post by Margaret » Sun February 19th, 2012, 12:36 am

A number of novels relating to Charlemagne are listed in the 6th-11th Century European Continent section at http://www.HistoricalNovels.info. Most, I think, may be self-published, so reader beware. But Alan Massie's Charlemagne and Roland might be interesting.

Julia O'Faolain's 1975 novel Women in the Wall, about Radegund, one of the wives of Clovis's son Clothair I, is a rather impressive short novel. It resembles Cecelia Holland's work in being exceptionally well researched and faithful to both the physical historical setting and the historical cultural/emotional attitudes of the characters. I read it years and years ago and still have a strong sense of the impression it made on me, though it was decidedly not the sort of warm and fuzzy novel one clutches to one's heart after turning the last page. But then, it would be a travesty to write a warm and fuzzy novel about Clovis or any member of his family.
Browse over 5000 historical novel listings (probably well over 5000 by now, but I haven't re-counted lately) and over 700 reviews at www.HistoricalNovels.info

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