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Edwin: High King of Britain (The Northumbrian Thrones #1)
*I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

After spending years in exile, Edwin of Northumbria reclaims his throne and rises to becom
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
By Fire, by Water
The Spanish Inquisition looms large in Kaplan's By Fire, By Water. The central character, Luis de Santangel, a powerful courtier to the Spanish monarc ...more
Oct 10, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
The King's Mistress
Prior to this novel, my image of Alice Perrers, Edward III's mistress, was that of the greedy mistress taking the rings off of the dead Edward III's h ...more
Nov 25, 2012
Nov 22, 2012
The Traitor's Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II
**spoiler alert** This tale recounts the story of Eleanor de Clare, granddaughter of King Edward I and wife of Hugh le Despencer. Married young, Elean ...more
Oct 30, 2010
Oct 24, 2010
The Exiled (War of the Roses, #2)
I read The Innocent a number of years ago and I always meant to continue this trilogy before now, but I only found the time recently. The Exiled picks ...more
Dec 08, 2012
Dec 02, 2012
Pope Joan
A clearly well-researched novel about Pope Joan, a supposed ninth-century pope supposed to have been a woman. The author has clearly done her research ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 23, 2014
Stormbird (Wars of the Roses, #1)
*I received this book from LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

This book is a fictionalized version of the events leading up to the Wars of the Roses. Conn
Jul 26, 2014
Jul 23, 2014
To Defy a King (William Marshal #5)
An interesting novel about the daughter of William Marshal, who lived during the reign of King John and whose husband rebelled against him. While this ...more
Jul 04, 2012
Jun 27, 2012
The Virgin Widow
A retelling of the love story between Richard of York and Anne Neville, whose lives where punctuated by the violence of the fifteenth-century Wars of ...more
Jun 27, 2012
Jun 24, 2012
I found this novel about the medieval kingdom of Jerusalem to be dull. Medieval Jerusalem, the Crusades, and a clash between European and Islamic cult ...more
May 08, 2011
May 06, 2011
Labyrinth (Languedoc, #1)
I have mixed feelings about Labyrinth. Overall, it was a good read, but it was also difficult to get through at times and somewhat dense. Constantly s ...more
Jan 14, 2011
Jan 09, 2011
The Wreath (Kristin Lavransdatter, #1)
The beginning of a trilogy set in medieval Norway, The Wreath chronicles the early life of Kristin Lavransdatter and her determination to marry the ma ...more
Nov 26, 2011
Nov 20, 2011
Margaret of Anjou: Queenship and Power in Late Medieval England
An excellent study of queenship through an examination of Margaret of Anjou's career. The author clarifies much of why Margaret earned such a dismal r ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2014
The Wife (Kristin Lavransdatter, #2)
Sigrid Undset vividly recreates medieval Norway in detail in her Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. The second volume, The Wife, recounts the struggles of ...more
Feb 12, 2012
Feb 07, 2012
The Witch in the Well (Catherine LeVendeur, #10)
Catherine LeVendeur finds herself enmeshed in mysterious occurrences again in this tenth novel in the series. This time, Catherine's noble relations a ...more
Aug 26, 2011
Aug 22, 2011
The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
A good view of Margaret of Anjou's life. In most of the historical fiction about the Wars of the Roses that I have read, the Yorkist side of the confl ...more
Oct 16, 2013
Oct 12, 2013
Blood Royal: A True Tale of Crime and Detection in Medieval Paris
This book manages to be both accessible to all readers and to explore an incredibly turbulent period of history through a compelling narrative. Eric J ...more
Oct 04, 2014
Dec 09, 2013
How the Irish Saved Civilization
High marks for focusing on a little-known period of history - the time between the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the High Middle Ages. I did fe ...more
Sep 04, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
The Black Douglases: War and Lordship in Late Medieval Scotland, 1300-1455
I am going to confess that I only have a limited knowledge of Scotland in this period and I do not feel The Black Douglases is a very good introductor ...more
Aug 08, 2014
Aug 06, 2014
The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage that Forever Changed the Fate of England
The 15th-century Wars of the Roses are prominent in this novelization of Kate Woodville's life. Younger sister of Elizabeth Woodville, who made a scan ...more
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 22, 2013
The Cross (Kristin Lavransdatter, #3)
The final volume of the Kristin Lavransdatter, detailing the trials of Kristin's latter years in medieval Norway. Kristin's struggles with her husband ...more
Mar 20, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
A Great and Glorious Adventure: A History of the Hundred Years War and the Birth of Renaissance England
I didn't really care for this very biased (pro-English) military history of the Hundred Years War. The author focuses on the military aspects of the c ...more
Nov 08, 2014
Aug 05, 2014
Empress Matilda: Queen Consort, Queen Mother and Lady of the English
Most likely the best scholarly work on Empress Matilda, the 12th-century daughter of King Henry I of England, who fought for her right to succeed to t ...more
not set
Sep 18, 2014
A Triple Knot
*I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

The fourteenth-century Joan of Kent is the heroine of this historical novel set during the
May 21, 2014
May 17, 2014
The First Princess of Wales
I really wanted to like this novelization of the life of Joan of Kent, but the more I read the less I enjoyed this novel and the harder it was to fini ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 11, 2011
The Hollow Crown
This is an ambitious historical overview of late medieval England, and as so often is the case, a number of topics are touched upon but little is expl ...more
Oct 26, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors
*I received this book through GoodReads First Reads.*

Dan Jones presents a great narrative history of the Wars of the Roses, detailing the factors lead
Oct 30, 2014
Aug 22, 2014
The Shield of Three Lions (Alix of Wanthwaite, #1)
Alix of Wanthwaite makes for a lively, albeit naive, narrator in this adventurous tale set among medieval castles, crusades, secretive kings, and chiv ...more
May 17, 2014
Dec 07, 2012
Isabel the Queen: Life and Times
An excellent biography of a pivotal Spanish queen. The author explores Isabel's childhood, ascent to the throne of Castile, and the various policies s ...more
Apr 08, 2014
Apr 02, 2014
Chaucer's Tale: 1386 and the Road to Canterbury
Since my college English literature course, Chaucer has faded from my mind and I enjoyed this examination of him, both as a refresher for my memory an ...more
Mar 06, 2015
Sep 03, 2014
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