Early Medieval (to 1337)

Fortune’s Child: A Novel of Empress Theodora

By James Conroyd Martin - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

Palace scribe Stephen, hauled out of prison, is tasked with writing the Empress Theodora’s life story before she dies, and out of ...Read Review

The Testament of Leofric the Black: Volume One, 1040-57

By Edward Cartwright Beard - Published 2019



It is 1071, and William the Bastard has taken the Isle of Elig after an 18-month siege. The betrayer is Leofric the Black, or ...Read Review

Requiem for a Knave

By Laura Carlin - Published 2020



This is a dark Gothic tale set in late Mediaeval England, structured as a pilgrimage from a village in Derbyshire to the shrine ...Read Review

Cathedral of Bones: An Ela of Salisbury Medieval Mystery (Ela of Salisbury Medieval Mysteries Book 1)

By J. G. Lewis - Published 2019



It is March 1226, and Ela Longespée’s husband, William, Earl of Salisbury, has died suddenly. His funeral has just taken place in ...Read Review

Lady of the Seven Suns: A Novel of the Woman Saint Francis Called Brother

By Tinney Sue Heath - Published 2019


Biographical Fiction

St. Francis of Assisi, famous for his devotion to poverty and his sermon to the birds, remains a figure of enduring interest, as ...Read Review

Stephen and Matilda’s Civil War: Cousins of Anarchy

By Matthew Lewis - Published 2019



How anarchic was the Anarchy, the long and confused series of civil wars that followed the death of Henry I of England and ...Read Review

Don’t Let the Beasties Escape This Book!

By Julie Berry - Published 2019


Children/Young Adult

Young peasant Godfrey has a full day of chores, and his mother tells him not to disturb the artist who is painting a ...Read Review

Twilight of the Gods (Grimnir Series)

By Scott Oden - Published 2020


Historical Fantasy

In 1218 AD, the Raven Geats are holding onto their lands in central Scandinavia and their ancient gods, surrounded by hostile Swedes, Norse and ...Read Review

The Land Beyond the Sea

By Sharon Kay Penman - Published 2020



Those of us who are hardcore Penman fans have been breathlessly awaiting the release of this sizable tome. True to form, Penman again ...Read Review

Sword of Kings: A Novel (Saxon Tales)

By Bernard Cornwell - Published 2019



In Sword of Kings, the twelfth book in Bernard Cornwell’s popular Saxon series, Uhtred of Bebbanburg has grown older and wiser, but, ...Read Review