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Post by Ash » Wed September 12th, 2012, 12:58 pm

If you don't mind some Historic Fantasy, Guy Gavriel Kay has The Light of the Everlasting Sun, his take on Alfred the Great and the time of Vikings.

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Post by Carla » Fri September 14th, 2012, 9:08 pm

I like Kathleen Herbert's North Kingdom trilogy (aka Cumbrian Trilogy) very much:
- Bride of the Spear (set in late-ish 6th century Lothian, Northumbria and Cumbria, based on the legend of St Kentigern and the medieval romance Lady of the Fountain)
- Queen of the Lightning, set in the 630s in Northumbria and Cumbria, tells the story of Rhianmellt (princess of Cumbria) and Oswy (king of Northumbria), and the battles between Northumbria and Penda of Mercia
- Ghost in the Sunlight, set in the 650s in Northumbria and Mercia, tells the story of Rhianmellt's daughter Alchflaed.

Although they're often called a trilogy, I think Bride of the Spear is a stand-alone and the other two form a pair. They are all out of print at present, but Trifolium are planning to bring out new editions soon.
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Post by Amanda » Fri September 14th, 2012, 10:43 pm

But I will add that there is another novel on Emma of Normandy coming out early next year "Shadow on the Crown" by Patricia Bracewell. Since I haven't read it, I can't really recommend it but I am looking forward to it myself so I thought I'd mention it.[/quote]

Thanks for mentioning that one! I've added it to my wishlist.

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Post by Texas » Thu September 20th, 2012, 5:16 pm

Rowan, I like your quote about the sense of smell. I read a reference to Proust the other day that approached him from an angle I hadn't thought of: that memory arises unbidden.

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Post by Margaret » Fri September 21st, 2012, 8:47 pm

Set in 9th-century Germany and Italy, Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross (see review) is a rich and absorbing read, and not quite like anything else.

One of the best novels set in post-Roman Britain, I think, is Rosemary Sutcliff's Sword at Sunset (see review), an uncompromisingly realistic reimagining of the legend of Arthur.

Tastes vary, as this thread shows. Pope Joan will appeal to readers who look for passionate emotion and a good deal of very plot-oriented suspense.

Sword at Sunset is a novel about yearnings that can't be completely fulfilled, appropriate for a novel about the loss of a way of life (Roman civilization) and the effort to reconstruct something in its place (a Romanized Celtic culture free of the threat of Saxon violence) that can never really bring back the luxury, order and peace of the past. The relationship between Arthur and Gwenhwyfar echoes the search for a settled peace. In Cornish, Gwenhwyfar means "white phantom," and the novel is about the attempt to grasp a phantom civilization, a phantom love. That makes it a little frustrating for readers looking for a crisper, more vigorous story with an ending that resolves in a thorough, satisfying way; for others, that makes it a better - a more moving and haunting - novel. It's been decades since I read it, and it disappointed my younger self, but you see how it has haunted me since. Probably time for a re-read.
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Post by annis » Mon September 24th, 2012, 7:52 pm

Just toss in this one by Barbara Erskine which is waiting on my TBR pile. Being BE it is a time-slip rather than a straight historical novel, but it does have a strong Anglo-Saxon connection. River of Destiny.

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