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100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

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Rowan
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100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

Postby Rowan » Tue September 12th, 2017, 1:47 pm

Can't recall how I found this link from BookRiot, but I did scan through it and found over 30 books I hadn't heard of which interested me. Some of our members are even on this list like Susan Higginbotham and C.W. Gortner and Elizabeth Chadwick. Of course there may be others of our members who made it on the list, I just don't know who you are. ;)

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red805
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Re: 100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

Postby red805 » Tue September 12th, 2017, 8:01 pm

He missed one of my favorites - The Falcon of Palermo by Maria R. Bordihn. In looking up Maria Bordihn on Amazon, it looks like she's written another book - Die Kaiserin von Ravenna, but my German is very elementary & it looks like there is no English edition at this point, even though the publication date is 2012. I'd love to see that in English!

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Lisa
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Favorite HF book: Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman
Preferred HF: Any time period/location. Timeslip, usually prefer female POV. Also love Gothic melodrama.
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Re: 100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

Postby Lisa » Mon November 27th, 2017, 11:25 am

Thank you for the link Rowan, I only just got to it now but there are lots of interesting sounding books on there that I've never heard of! I only own 16 of the titles mentioned and haven't even read them all yet...

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Margaret
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Re: 100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

Postby Margaret » Wed May 23rd, 2018, 4:15 am

What a great list! I've read quite a few of the novels on it, but not nearly all, so it will be a great resource for my TBR.

Some of my absolute favorites are on the list: Illuminations by Mary Sharratt, The Book of the Maidservant by Rebecca Barnhouse (proof that a really good YA novel can be just as enjoyable for adults as for teens), A Bloody Field by Shrewsbury by Edith Pargeter, Down the Common by Ann Baer (not the usual ladies-and-knights-at-court setting, and truly a must-read for anyone serious about novels set in the Middle Ages), and Katherine by Anya Seton. For Dorothy Dunnett, I would pick the last novel in the Lymond Chronicles, Checkmate, although maybe that's not fair, because one really has to read the previous 6 Lymond novels to appreciate (or even comprehend) Checkmate. But the whole Lymond series counts as medieval must-reading, I think. And for Sharon Kay Penman, I would pick the standalone novel about Richard III, The Sunne in Splendour, as her most important medieval must-read, though many of her others could also count as must-reads.
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Nefret
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Re: 100 Must-Read Medieval Historical Fiction Novels

Postby Nefret » Thu May 31st, 2018, 12:55 am

Thanks for the new TBR list. :)
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}


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