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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...more
Jun 22, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
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
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 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
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
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
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
A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
An engaging look at the 14th century through the life of Enguerrand de Coucy, a prominent French nobleman. Barbara Tuchman explores both daily life al...more
Aug 25, 2013
Aug 14, 2013
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
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
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 Lady Queen: The Notorious Reign of Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Jerusalem, and Sicily
A fascinating biography of an overlooked medieval queen, Joanna of Naples. Nancy Goldstone does an excellent job of portraying the opulent court of Na...more
Mar 26, 2014
Mar 19, 2014
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 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...more
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 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
A Burnable Book (John Gower, #1)
*I received this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers.*

A fun, well-researched mystery set in medieval London. The poet John Glower is tasked by h...more
Mar 09, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
The Serpent's Tale (Mistress of the Art of Death, #2)
A good follow-up to Mistress of the Art of Death. I enjoyed hearing of the exploits of Adelia and her friends, even if the history edges on the side o...more
Nov 12, 2010
Nov 09, 2010
On a Highland Shore (Highland, #1)
I suppose my expectations were too high for this novel. Set in medieval Scotland, Margaret MacDonald is struggling to avoid an arranged marriage when...more
Apr 15, 2012
Apr 02, 2012
The Name of the Rose
A tale of monks, crime, and logic. Umberto Eco clearly did his research on the Middle Ages and it shows in this novel, with the vividly recreated abbe...more
Feb 24, 2013
Feb 17, 2013
The Middle Ages In The Highlands
The Middle Ages in the Highlands is a collections of conference proceeding, covering topics such as architecture, education, the church, poetry, music...more
Jun 15, 2014
Jun 14, 2014
The Iron King (The Accursed Kings, #1)
A promising opening to a series. Set in fourteen-century France, The Iron King is set in the final months of Philip the Fair's reign, as Templar knigh...more
Dec 09, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
Shadow on the Crown
A fascinating novel about a little-known early medieval English queen, Emma of Normandy. Patricia Bracewell exceeds at fleshing out Emma's story from...more
Nov 16, 2013
Feb 01, 2013
The Lute Player
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Nov 23, 2012
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