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    Lord of the Wild Hunt Mithfânion's Avatar
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    Medieval historical novels?

    I recently bought a new medieval historical novel by Karen Maitland, called Company of Liars. Has been an acclaimed success in the UK this year and will be published in the US this September as well and indeed it turned out very good. I am checking for more such books, really good historical fiction set in the middle ages. Something like Pillars of the Earth or it's sequel perhaps.

    What I already have:

    Cornwell's various series
    Penman's various series
    Some Nigle Tranter and Edith Pargenter
    Morgan Llywelyn
    Edward Rutherfurd

    Any recommendations?

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    Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles.

    I'm in the middle of them right now and they are great. Just finished book 4 of 9.

    Do some internet searching on the fall of the Roman Empire and it's effect on the world. I think that'd keep you reading for a while.

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    Thomas Costain -- he's mostly out of print but used copies are everywhere. I particularly liked The Last Plantaganets and The Tontine.

    Katherine by Anya Seton

    Morality Play by Barry Unsworth

    The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco (keep a dictionary handy)

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    some more

    Ken Follett - Pillars of the Earth, and World Without End

    Joan Wolf - No Dark Place

    Ellis Peters - Brother Cadfaels's Penance

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    Mary Gentle's 1610:a sundial in a grave

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    Brethren Trilogy by Robyn Young

    Brethren Trilogy by Robyn Young. I have only read the 1st book Crusade, but have the other 2 on the shelf to get round to some time this century. The trilogy is a fairly interesting take on the Crusades.

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    <3starkcadvannicholas<3 AllegraBeloved's Avatar
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    ive never heard of that before. i might just have to check out my local library

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    Go with the original in the field: Sir Walter Scott.

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    You could try the Brother Cadfael medieval murder mysteries. Full of period detail.

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    Robert Low's The Oathsworn series is great.
    Covers the adventures and travels of a group of Vikings called The Oathsworn

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    I am ordering a few of these books mentioned. I was out of reading material and these look great.

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    The Crusader by Michael Alexander Eisner.

    And anything by Nigel Tranter, if you're interested in Sottish History.

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    Byzantium by Stephen Lawhead is one of my favorite books. It follows a 8th century Irish monk who's kidnapped by Vikings in a raid and then who becomes a slave and taken around with them. Lawhead has written versions of Arthur and Robin Hood and others, but this is not in that vein and does not lend itself to the fantastic. It's just an adventure story that works.

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