Best Medieval Historical Fiction Books
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1. The Queen’s Rival: The Sunday Times bestselling author returns with a gripping historical romance
Author: by Anne O'Brien
HQ (September 3, 2020)
September 3, 2020
The forgotten story of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York. A strong woman who claimed the throne for her family in a time of warA compelling story of divided loyalties and family betrayals. Dramatic and highly evocative’ Woman & HomeEngland, 1459. One family united by blood.
Torn apart by warThe Wars of the Roses storm through the country, and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York, plots to topple the weak-minded King Henry VI from the throne. But when the Yorkists are defeated at the battle of Ludford Bridge, Cecily’s family flee and abandon her to face a marauding Lancastrian army on her own.
Stripped of her lands and imprisoned in Tonbridge Castle, the Duchess begins to spin a web of deceit. One that will eventually lead to treason, to the fall of King Henry VI, and to her eldest son being crowned King Edward IV.
O’Brien manages to reinvent historical fiction’ My WeeklyThis thrilling historical novel has it all high politics, drama, emotion, excellent writing It’s a rollercoaster of a read’ Carol McGrathDramatic and highly evocative’ Woman’s Weekly
2. War Lord: A Novel (Saxon Tales Book 13)
Author: by Bernard Cornwell
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERI gulped it right down. Excellent, as always…. Cornwell brings battles to life like no one else.George R.R. Martin, Author of Game of ThronesThe final installment in Bernard Cornwell’s bestselling Saxon Tales series, chronicling the epic story of the making of Englandthe basis for The Last Kingdom, the hit Netflix series.
THE FINAL BATTLE AWAITSThe epic conclusion to the globally bestselling historical series. England is under attack.Chaos reigns. Northumbria, the last kingdom, is threatened by armies from all sides, by land and sea and only one man stands in their way.
Torn between loyalty and sworn oaths, the warrior king Lord Uhtred of Bebbanburg faces his greatest ever battle and prepares for his ultimate fatePerhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today (Washington Post), Bernard Cornwell has dazzled and entertained readers and critics with his prolific string of page-turning bestsellers.
Of all his protagonists, however, none is as beloved as Uhtred of Bebbanburg, and this thrilling historical novel continues the saga of his adventures and the turbulent early years of England.
3. Wilde Child: Wildes of Lindow Castle (The Wildes of Lindow Castle Book 6)
Author: by Eloisa James
Avon (March 30, 2021)
March 30, 2021
Eloisa James returns to the Wildes of Lindow Castle series with the next Wilde child who runs and joins a theatre troupe – and the duke who tries to save her reputation. He wants a prim and proper duchess, not the Wildest of the Wildes!
Already notorious for the golden hair that proves her mother’s infidelity, Lady Joan can’t seem to avoid scandals, but her latest escapade may finally ruin her: she’s determined to perform the title role of a princein breeches, naturally. She has the perfect model for an aristocratic male in mind: Thaddeus Erskine Shaw, Viscount Greywick, a man who scorned the very idea of marrying her.
Not that Joan would want such a dubious honor, of course. For years, Thaddeus has avoided the one Wilde who shakes his composure, but he’s horrified when he grasps the danger Joan’s putting herself in. Staring into her defiant eyes, he makes the grim vow that he’ll keep her safe.
He strikes a bargain: after one performance, the lady must return to her father’s castle and marry one of three gentlemen whom he deems acceptable. Not including him, of course.
4. Illuminations: A Novel of Hildegard von Bingen
Author: by Mary Sharratt
October 9, 2012
From the author of Ecstasty, a novel of a girl who triumphed against impossible odds to become the most extraordinary woman of the Middle Ages. Hildegard von BingenBenedictine abbess, healer, composer, saintexperienced mystic visions from a very young age. Offered by her noble family to the Church at the age of eight, she lived for years in forced silence.
But through the study of books and herbs, through music and the kinship of her sisters, Hildegard found her way from a life of submission to a calling that celebrated the divine glories all around us. In this brilliantly researched and insightful novel, Mary Sharratt offers a deeply moving portrait of a woman willing to risk everything for what she believed, a triumphant exploration of the life she might well have lived.
Sharratt brings one of the most famous and enigmatic women of the Middle Ages to vibrant life in this tour de force, which will captivate the reader from the very first page. Sharon Kay Penman, New York Timesbestselling author of The Land Beyond the SeaOne could not anticipate this majesty and dramaIlluminations is riveting, following von Bingen throughto emerge as one of the significant voices of the 12th centuryUnforgettable.
5. The Devil's Pawn (Faust Book 2)
Author: by Oliver Pötzsch
April 13, 2021
A showman’s fate is in the hands of the devil in an enthralling novel inspired by the Faust legend from the bestselling author of the Hangman’s Daughter series.Rome, 1518. The church is tarnished by greed. Peasants are rebelling. Tumultuous times demand drastic recoursebefore the devil gets his due.
Johann Faust is a renowned magician, astrologer, and chiromancer traveling through Germany with his successful troupe: the orphaned juggler Greta and his loyal companion Karl. The avaricious Pope Leo X now requires Johann’s services to replenish the papacy’s drained coffers through alchemy.
But the devil, with whom a regretful Johann once agreed to an unholy trade for fame, wants something else. Racked with paralyzing seizures, Johann fears that his debt is nearer to being settled. In France, Johann hopes for answers from an eminent new friend who could hold the key to his torment, body, and soul.
For the celebrated artist, inventor, and anatomist Leonard da Vinci is suffering from the same accursed malady. Time is not on his side either. Now they all must outrun the devil, and the more human threats of the papal henchmen, before Johann is dragged straight to hellalong with everyone he holds dear.
6. For Me Fate Wove This: Book Eight of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga
Author: by Octavia Randolph
In an Angle-land riven by contesting DanesHrald of Four Stones has fallen in love with Dagmar, the daughter of dead King Guthrum, who once ruled all Anglia. Dagmar is beautiful and poised; very much a King’s daughter. Yet she owns nothing but the jewels about her neck and the secrets she carries with her.
Are you always fighting Fate and the will of the Gods? Then you will be thwarted at every turn Ashild has not forgotten this advice given her by her step-father Sidroc before he sailed for Gotland. Her own desires are contrary to the goals of those who love her best how much more difficult to make decisions for two?
Ceric of Kilton is now a proven warrior, and made second in command to Prince Eadward of Wessex. In the ceaseless attempt to bring the Danish interloper Haesten to heel, the Prince’s small troop crosses into enemy territory. There they are pushed beyond the point of endurance.
Deep into Lindisse, both Hrald and Ceric become enmeshed in a fearsome struggle between the marauding Danes and the warriors of Four Stones. The result changes both men forever.
7. Hawkwood's Sword: Pre-order the Brand New Adventure from the Master of Historical Fiction
Author: by Christian Cameron
Orion (July 8, 2021)
July 8, 2021
‘One of THE finest writers of historical fiction in the world’ BEN KANEPRE-ORDER THE LATEST MEDIEVAL ADVENTURE FROM THE MASTER OF HISTORICAL FICTION1368. France, Spain and England prepare for war. In Italy, the Pope and the Visconti princes are battling for bloody supremacy.
The worst years of Sir William Gold’s life are about to begin. Leaving the side of his commander, Sir John Hawkwood, William embarks on a new journey that will bring him fame and favour – until a heart-breaking personal tragedy leads him to put down his sword.
But men of war can’t stay out of battle for long. Gold yearns to return to Italy and rejoin Hawkwood. Only now the game of the Italian Princes is changing and, as chaos descends, Gold must finally decide who he stands for…
Praise for Christian Cameron:’The master of historical fiction’ SUNDAY TIMES’A storyteller at the height of his powers’ HISTORICAL NOVEL SOCIETY’Superb’ THE TIMES’A sword-slash above the rest’ IRISH EXAMINER
8. Kemp: An Arrow for the Crown (Arrows of Albion Book 5)
Author: by Jonathan Lunn
June 28, 2021
There’s no way out this time An unputdownable medieval adventure from a master of the genreHaunted by guilt and his sins, archer Martin Kemp is in Scotland to collect on a debt when war breaks out afresh. The border erupts in bloody violence.
Stalked through heather and forest by French men-at-arms sent to stir up the Scots against the English, Kemp and his friend Ieuan find themselves roped into escorting a motley band of civilians to safety. Matters are complicated by a Scottish knight who is not what he seems, but not nearly as much as by the presence of one of Kemp’s old flames.
Pursued to Berwick, Kemp and his companions find themselves besieged in the castle with no hope of relief or escape. When the Scots launch an all-out attack, Kemp may have to sacrifice everything in a brutal showdown that will determine the destiny of the Scottish crownA rollicking adventure in the bestselling series, this brilliant novel from Jonathan Lunn will leave you battered and exhilarated.
9. War of the Wolf: A Novel (Saxon Tales Book 11)
Author: by Bernard Cornwell
October 2, 2018
Bernard Cornwell’s epic story of the making of England continues in this eleventh installment in the bestselling Saxon Tales series”like Game of Thrones, but real” (The Observer)the basis of the hit Netflix television series The Last Kingdom. His blood is SaxonHis heart is VikingHis battleground is England”Perhaps the greatest writer of historical adventure novels today” (Washington Post), Bernard Cornwell has dazzled and entertained readers and critics with his page-turning bestsellers.
Of all his protagonists, however, none is as beloved as Uhtred of Bebbanburg. And while Uhtred might have regained his family’s fortress, it seems that a peaceful life is not to be as he is under threat from both an old enemy and a new foe.
The old enemy comes from Wessex where a dynastic struggle will determine who will be the next king. And the new foe is Skll, a Norseman, whose ambition is to be King of Northumbria and who leads a frightening army of wolf-warriors, men who fight half-crazed in the belief that they are indeed wolves.
10. The Name of the Rose
Author: by Umberto Eco
An international sensation and winner of the Premio Strega and the Prix Mdicis tranger awards The year is 1327. Benedictines in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate. When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective.
His tools are the logic of Aristotle, the theology of Aquinas, the empirical insights of Roger Baconall sharpened to a glistening edge by wry humor and a ferocious curiosity. He collects evidence, deciphers secret symbols and coded manuscripts, and digs into the eerie labyrinth of the abbey, where the most interesting things happen at night.
Like the labyrinthine library at its heart, this brilliant novel has many cunning passages and secret chambers …Fascinating …Ingenious …Dazzling.Newsweek
11. The Rebel Nun
Author: by Marj Charlier
March 2, 2021
Marj Charlier’s The Rebel Nun is based on the true story of Clotild, the daughter of a sixth-century king and his concubine, who leads a rebellion of nuns against the rising misogyny and patriarchy of the medieval church. At that time, women are afforded few choices in life: prostitution, motherhood, or the cloister.
Only the latter offers them any kind of independence. By the end of the sixth century, even this is eroding as the church begins to eject women from the clergy and declares them too unclean to touch sacramental objects or even their priest-husbands.
Craving the legitimacy thwarted by her bastard status, Clotild seeks to become the next abbess of the female Monastery of the Holy Cross, the most famous of the women’s cloisters of the early Middle Ages. When the bishop of Poitiers blocks her appointment and seeks to control the nunnery himself, Clotild masterminds an escape, leading a group of nuns on a dangerous pilgrimage to beg her royal relatives to intercede on their behalf.
12. The Habit of Murder: The Twenty Third Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew (Chronicles of Matthew Bartholomew Book 23)
Author: by Susanna Gregory
August 24, 2017
For the twentieth anniversary of the start of the Matthew Bartholomew series, Sphere is delighted to reissue all of the medieval monk’s cases with beautiful new series-style covers. The twenty third chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew. In 1360 a deputation from Cambridge ventures to the Suffolk town of Clare in the hope that the wealthy Elizabeth de Burgh has left a legacy to Michaelhouse.
Yet when they arrive they discover that the report of her death is false and that the college seems destined for bankruptcy. Determined to see if some of its well-heeled citizens can be persuaded to sponsor Michaelhouse, Matthew Bartholomew, Brother Michael and Master Langelee become enmeshed in the town’s politics.
They quickly discover that a great many other people in Clare have recently met untimely deaths. These killings, combined with the arrogance Lady de Burgh has shown over the refurbishment of the church and the grotesque behaviour of some of her entourage, have created a dangerous restlessness in the town: an atmosphere intensified when yet more murders occur.
13. A Tapestry of Treason: A gripping escapist historical drama from a Sunday Times bestselling author
Author: by Anne O'Brien
HQ (August 22, 2019)
August 22, 2019
Gripping’ The TimesFans of Philippa Gregory and other historical fiction writers will love Anne O’Brien’s A Tapestry of Treason’ YoursHer actions could make history but at what price? 1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York.
Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant?
Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her. Even when it endangers her new-found happiness. With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men.
Author: by Ben Hopkins
January 26, 2021
A thoroughly immersive read and a remarkable feat of imagination, Cathedral tells a sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire in gripping prose. It deftly combines historical fiction and a tale of adventure and intrigue. At the center of this story is the Cathedral.
Its design and construction in the 13th and 14th centuries in the Rhineland town of Hagenburg unites a vast array of unforgettable characters whose fortunes are inseparable from the shifting political factions and economic interests vying for supremacy. From the bishop to his treasurer to local merchants and lowly stonecutters, everyone, even the town’s Jewish denizens, is implicated and affected by the slow rise of Hagenburg’s Cathedral, which in no way enforces morality or charity.
Around this narrative center, Ben Hopkins has constructed his own monumental edifice, a novel that is rich with the vicissitudes of mercantilism, politics, religion, and human enterprise. Fans of Umberto Eco, Hilary Mantel, and Ken Follett will delight at the atmosphere, the beautiful prose, and the vivid characters of Ben Hopkins’s Cathedral.
15. The Damask Rose: The intricate and enthralling new novel: The friendship of a queen. But at a price . . . (She-Wolves Trilogy Book 2)
Author: by Carol McGrath
Headline (April 15, 2021)
April 15, 2021
‘You lay hands on a princess of the realm? It is treason.”But this princess disobeys her King. Treason indeed.’YOUR FAVOURITE AUTHORS ARE ALREADY GRIPPED BY THE DAMASK ROSE!’Fascinating … Brings to life one of the most determinedand remarkable queens of the medieval world’ K.J.
MAITLAND, author of The Drowned City* ‘Completely engrossed me from the start … A wonderful read’ NICOLA CORNICK, author of The Forgotten Sister* ‘Vibrant, enticing and with fascinating detail…. It held me gripped from beginning to end’ ALEXANDRA WALSH, author of The Marquess House Trilogy* ‘Excels at sweeping the reader away on an engrossing journey …
Great storytelling and superb research’ JANE JOHNSON, author of Court of Lions* ‘Shines a true light on the gripping tale of Eleanor of Castile, the love of Edward I’s life’SARA COCKERILL, author of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Queen of France and England, Mother of Empires*’Pulls from the pages of history Eleanor of Castile: queen, business woman and true partner to one of England’s mostforcefulkings’ CRYSSA BAZOS, author of Severed Knot1266.