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The Medievalist

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Aspiring historian Jayne Lyons has pinned her career hopes on proving that her ancestor, King Richard III, is innocent of the murder of the Princes in the Tower. While volunteering at the search for his missing grave, she is cast back into the brutal 15th century, in the middle of Richard’s army camp.

As Jane realizes she may not be able to return home, she adjusts to her n
Paperback, 298 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by City Owl Press
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Monica Hills
Who doesn't love a good time travel novel where the heroine gets to meet and fall in love with a famous king from the past. What was interesting about this novel was that Jayne travels back from the site in 2012 where they found King Richard's body. King Richard III's body was really found in 2012. I love when an author can incorporate real history even into a novel that is essentially fantasy. Jayne then travels back in time determined to prove that her ancestor King Richard III did not murder ...more
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, romance
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - you do have to suspend disbelief a bit, but it's a time travel story, so that is no surprise. However, the descriptions of mediaeval England are excellent and really made me feel I was there with the heroine. I loved the character of Richard III - as I am a Ricardian it was great he wasn't shown as a murdering tyrant, but he did come across as strong, occasionally angry and human. I also liked the ending, which could be a little predictable, but is nevertheless s ...more
Nicki Markus
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-historical
Richard III is a figure who has long interested me. While I love the Shakespeare plays (in which Richard gets some great lines) I have never committed to the black legend those works portray. Non-fiction texts present a different picture of Richard, and I've always believed that the truth is somewhere in the grey area between the two schools of thought. As such, the premise of this book appealed to me as soon as I saw it listed on NetGalley. Overall, I found The Medievalist to be an enjoyable an ...more
Jessie B
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

Historian Jane Lyons has been having recurring nightmares about her distant ancestor King Richard III for years. She has dedicated her academic career to finding evidence to prove that Richard did not in fact murder his young nephews-the Princes in the Tower-as is commonly believed. When she is presented with the opportunity to volunteer at the archeological dig site of Richard’s recently discovered grave in a car park in Leicester, Engl
Jayne is a historian and a descendant of King Richard III of England – the man who may have had his two nephews (Edward IV’s sons) murdered so Richard himself could take the crown. Jayne doesn’t believe this is the case. When Richard’s grave is being dug up, Jayne is a volunteer on site. At the end of the day, when she tries to help by covering up the bones, she grabs on to an artifact… and suddenly wakes up in the Middle Ages amidst tents. Jayne thinks this might be the eve of Richard’s death!

3.5 stars. I was going to give 4 but there a few historical inaccuracies that I couldn't get past especially as they would be easy to find out like the correct age of Richard when Bosworth happened.
Lona Manning
Nov 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ricardians, time travel fans, romance
I'm a devoted Ricardian (someone who admires Richard III and thinks he got a raw deal from history), so when I heard about a time-travel book that delves into his story, I knew I wanted to read it.
Time travel novel-writers have to convince their readers of the plausibility of time travel (that is, if you can swallow the camel of time travel, will you stumble over a gnat -- "how come the heroine can understand what people say? Don't they wonder about her accent, the fillings in her teeth, or the
The Medievalist is a historical fiction romance novel that takes features the time of King Richard III. Jayne, the female lead, is an historian and distant relative of King Richard. The story opens with Jayne at an archaeological dig site where the king is buried in present day. Jayne comes across one of the king's heirlooms, a silver boar, and, upon touching it, time travels back to Richard's time. Without a means to get back to present day, she finds herself adapting to her new surroundings wh ...more
InD'tale Magazine

This book is wonderful! Superbly crafted!

Read full review in the 2018 February issue of InD'tale Magazine.
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Dec 26, 2017 rated it liked it

The Medievalist by Anne-Marie Lacy is a time travel, historical fiction novel. Using a similar premise to the ever-popular Outlander, Ms. Lacy has added a few twists to make it her own.

When history student Jayne Lyons finds an artifact that transports her back 500 years to the time of King Richard III’s reign. Smart young woman that she is, she quickly figures out how to blend into the brutal 15th century. She uses this time to try to solve the mystery of who really committed the murder of the P
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm giving this book the benefit of the doubt with 4 stars. I'd say it was a 3.5, really. In sum, it's Outlander with a five hundred year gap, instead of two hundred years. I enjoyed the writing; the descriptions were fun. Starting with the discovery of Richard III's remains in that car park in Leicester was great, because I studied abroad there that year. It was an easy read; three hours or so. It covered a lot of ground; more than a year in the 15th century (1482-4). All that said, it needed t ...more
Victorique Crawford
I will say that this was surprising, despite it being a time travel tale but set out to tell the tale of one of Britain’s most perplexing mystery that has raged for five hundred years.

Many will say that he killed his nephews and recently many will disagree. Well, I won’t take a stand here but it does fascinate me how such a mystery still is such a huge mystery today, and that we are nowhere closer. Although this book gives a slightly fictional but plausible ending for the Princes in the Tower, a
Anna Pittman
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The Medievalist is a time-slip novel, featuring a historian who gets what every historian secretly dreams of-- she gets to go back in time and meet the man she has studied for years: Richard III. (If you have no clue who that was, never fear, neither did I!) She is ripped out of the twenty first century and wakes up surrounded by the mostly gritty sometimes beautiful trappings of the 1400s.

The Medievalist is a good novel, featurin
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of a goodreads giveaway.

3.5 Stars.

This book was entertaining. It is a romantic time-travel novel, so if you are bothered by historical inaccuracies, or need to have the science behind the time travel explained, then you probably won’t like this book. But if you can move past those things, you’ll probably enjoy it.

This is the story of Jayne, an American who is working on an archeological dig in England where the remains of Richard III are found. Jayne touches an artifac
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am the first to admit that history is something that has always been interesting to me. So when you take some historical facts and weave them into an interesting storyline, I’m hooked! This happens to be one of those books.

This is the story of Jayne Lyon’s and opens with Jayne wanting to prove to the world that her distant relative King Richard III wasn’t the cold and callous brute that Shakespeare’s plays had portrayed. So when she came across an opportunity of a lifetime to volunteer on the
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am voluntarily submitting my honest review after receiving an ARC of this ebook from NetGalley.

This is a fascinating, engaging novel that starts with the discovery of Richard III's body in a parking lot in an archaeological dig in modern-day London and one woman's quest to rehabilitate the former king's legacy. This novel adds to the body of works that seeks to portray Richard III as a much maligned and misunderstood figure, wrongly accused of murder and usurpation of the throne and cast him i
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great historical fiction. Ms. Lacy is a great story teller and did an amazing job with this time travel creation! I enjoyed the first person narrative going back and forth between Jayne and Richard. I thought the supporting characters were amazing, as well as the main characters. The descriptions were spot on (or at least seemed to be, I've not done enough research to know differently). You could definitely sympathize with Jayne no knowing how to do certain "typical" or "ordinary" tasks of the d ...more
Jeff Lovell
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a very good book for me. I love England, time travel and the whole lot. Jayne was a very likable character and Richard III was portrayed in a light not often afforded him (compassionate and dedicated to a better England). The first person narratives that took me between the mind of Richard and Jayne was fun and allowed for a more in depth portrayal of the characters. Having been to Minster Lovell and a great fan of England and its history, I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary characters a ...more
I enjoyed this read. I haven't read much fiction featuring Richard III so that was a nice change from the usual Henrys and Louis. I really enjoy dual time period reads and this one is done well. I would recommend this to any historical fiction/romance fans especially those who enjoy the dual time period style.
I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Student Jayne Lyons is on the dig in Leicester that finds the remains of Richard III - her ancester (that I would have liked to be explained) and as she touches the silver boar that is buried with him she is transported back to his time.
An enjoyable romantic story between Jayne and Richard, which I was interested in reading as Richard is my favourite king. At times I would have liked more detail on how she coped in the past.
Received an Advanced Reader Copy
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of time travel and/or historical fiction
I'm a huge fan of this time period (the Wars of the Roses) and I have often imagined being able to time travel back to that era and get the answers to all of my questions about what *really* happened, so this book was perfect for me! If you know the history, you'll be fascinated by the choices Lacy makes, and if you don't know the history, this is a thrilling introduction that will surely inspire you to want to know more! Well researched and a fun read -- all you want in a historical.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

If you enjoy time-travel, Richard III, medieval history and/or romance novels, The Medievalist has got you covered. Well-paced with interesting characters and a new theory about the missing sons of Edward IV. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and will keep an eye out for other works by the author.
Quilting Tangent
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Time travel, romance and murder mystery rolled into one. Take an enjoyable trip back in time with Jayne as she travels back to the time of her ancestor, King Richard III. While there she tries to figure out what happened to the two Princes in the tower.
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Janina Barlow
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time travel romance set during Richard III reign, nice easy read, only four star due to a couple of historical inaccuracies.
Abstract Voice
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Take a few ingredients that are currently fashionable, throw them in a pot, stir, pour out. For some authors this may work but not here. It's predictable, formulaic, and not well-written at all.
If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you will know that I love historical fiction. It is one of my absolute favorite genres. Additionally, any historical fiction revolving around England and any member of the royal family is right in my wheelhouse. So, when I saw this book on the Goodreads Giveaways page, I jumped at the chance!

You don’t often see historical fiction about Richard III. I actually went to the Richard III Experience Museum when I was in York a year ago, so thi
Amy Martin
A little bit Outlander, a little bit Ursula Blanchard, this novel blends intrigue, history, and romance quite nicely. I like a good fictional revisionist history, seeing an historical figure in a new light, and Lacy imagines Richard III in a believable and kind way. This is a quick and light read, fun and emotional at times, but not quite as thoroughly detailed or developed as some weightier examples of the genre.

Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Anne-Marie Lacy is a passionate lover of horses, dogs and books, especially those with an element of magic. She lives in North Alabama with her husband Allen and an Irish Wolfhound named Devon.

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