6th Century

Saint Brigid’s Bones: A Celtic Adventure

By Philip Freeman - Published 2014



In this swiftly told tale set in 6th-century Ireland, Sister Deirdre is tasked with the most important job of the monastery at Kildare: ...Read Review

To Forestall the Darkness

By Vann Turner - Published 2013


Turner’s gripping novel brings alive a period of history seldom visited by historical fiction: sixth- century Italy at a time when waves ...Read Review

Faces in the Fire

By Donnita L. Rogers - Published 2013


A series, of which this is the first, based on the women of Beowulf written by a woman who taught the epic in ...Read Review

In the Shadow of the Sword

By Tom Holland - Published 2013



This is certainly a book with a difference. It is cited as fiction, but I would suggest that that is far from the ...Read Review

The Secret History

By Stephanie Thornton - Published 2013


Biographical Fiction

A whore who rose to become empress, Theodora was the woman who co-ruled Byzantium in the 6th century, but her life wasn’t ...Read Review

Dawn Wind

By Charles Keeping (illustrator) - By Rosemary Sutcliff - Published 2013Published c1961


Children/Young Adult

The 6th century AD. The Romans have left Britain and the Saxons are invading. The day after the last great battle of Aquae ...Read Review

The Purple Shroud: A Novel of Empress Theodora

By Stella Duffy - Published 2012


Biographical Fiction

Ah, Justinian and Theodora! Two giants of history who stood astride an empire mostly Greek that still thought of itself as “Rome.” Duffy ...Read Review


By Linda Windsor - Published 2012



Like its predecessors, Healer and Thief, this, the third in the Brides of Alba series, is a Christian historical romance. Set in what ...Read Review

Child of Loki

By Richard Denning - Published Mercia Books


Children/Young Adult

In this, the second in the series of books by Richard Denning, we return to 6th-century England, a country spilt into smaller kingdoms ...Read Review

The Stolen Bride

By Tony Hays - Published 2012



When Malgwyn accompanies King Arthur to help settle a dispute in Doged’s troubled lands, they arrive to find more than ambitious nobles ...Read Review