Medieval Fiction

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Ironfire
David Ball

On the small island of Malta, in the heart of the valuable sea lanes between the Ottoman Empire in the East and the Christian kingdoms of the West, the Knights of the Ancient Order of St. John prepare to make a desperate stand against forty thousand of the sultan’s fiercest warriors, in a sweeping novel of sixteenth-century Europe..


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The Crown
Nancy Bilyeau

Leaving her Dominican Order to stand by a cousin who has been condemned to death by Henry VIII, novice Joanna Stafford and her father are arrested and ordered by the Bishop of Winchester to recover a religious artifact believed to hold a sacred power.


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The Wicked and the Just
J. Anderson Coats

In medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the “vicious” Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress.


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Agincourt
Bernard Cornwell

A fugitive English forester and mercenary defender saves young novitiate Melisande and, defending himself from a vengeance-seeking rapist priest and Melisande’s father, finds himself slogging his way to Agincourt as an archer in King Henry V’s army.


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The Merchant's Daughter
Melanie Dickerson

In 1352 England, seventeen-year-old Annabel, granddaughter of a knight and a would-be nun, eludes a lecherous bailiff but falls in love with Lord Le Wyse, the ferocious and disfigured man to whom her family owes three years of indentured servitude, in this tale loosely based on Beauty and the Beast.


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The Mysterium
P. C. Doherty

Investigating the February 1304 murder of the king’s disgraced Chief Justice, Sir Hugh Corbett sifts through clues to determine if the culprit is a vengeance-seeking adversary of the victim or a copycat killer.


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Outlaw
Angus Donald

Alan Dale, a young thief running from the law, joins tough and sometimes brutal Robin Hood in his band of not-always-loyal men as they steal from the Church, protect the poor and battle the forces of the Norman rulers. A first novel.


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The Red Queen
Philippa Gregory

Determined to see her son Henry on the throne of England, pious Margaret Beaufort arranges politically advantageous marriages, sends her son out of the country for his safety, and lays secret plans for a battle between the houses of York and Lancaster.


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Temptress
Lisa Jackson

The arrival of a wounded warrior brings peril into the life of Lady Morwenna, as she nurses him back to health, unaware of the deadly menace of a mysterious man who calls himself the Redeemer and stalks the dark halls of Castle Calon.


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Grave Mercy
Robin LaFevers

In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny.


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Gilt
Katherine Longshore

In 1539, Kitty Tylney and her best friend Cat Howard—the audacious, self-proclaimed “Queen of Misrule”—both servants to the Duchess of Norfolk, move to the court of King Henry VIII, who fancies Cat, and when Cat becomes queen, Kitty must learn to navigate the complexities and dangers of the royal court.


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The Whale Road
Robert Low

In tenth-century Europe, Orm Rurikson and a band of oath-sworn Viking raiders journey from the fjords of Norway to the steppes of Russia as they search for the long-lost treasure hoard of Attila the Hun.


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The Warlord's Bride
Margaret Moore

Offered in marriage to powerful warrior Lord Madoc of Llanpowell, Lady Roslynn is delighted to discover that her new husband is passionate and attentive until she stumbles upon a dark secret that could tear them apart.


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Hush: An Irish Princess' Tale
Donna Jo Napoli

Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.


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Lionheart
Sharon Kay Penman

Richard, the second surviving son of Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine, inherits the throne from his brother, before embarking on the Third Crusade, a conflict that is complicated by the schemes of his usurping brother, John.


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Watermark
Vanitha Sankaran

Born with albinism and mutilated after birth so she could not speak the devil’s lies, Auda learns her father’s craft of papermaking and becomes a scribe for local nobility, only to find herself under scrutiny when the papal Inquisition arrives in her medieval city.


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Brigid of Kildare
Heather Terrell

An unconventional Saint Brigid of the fifth-century, finding herself being spied upon by a priest sent from Rome, instructs him to create a special manuscript, and, centuries later, a modern-day appraiser discovers the manuscript and suspects it has a secret history.


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Brethren
Robyn Young

After joining the Order of the Knights Templar, young Will Campbell is assigned to recover a heretical text stolen from the group’s vaults, unaware that the book, a Grail romance, hides clues to a covert plot by the Anima Templi, the Soul of the Temple, a secret group within the order.


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