The Archer’s Loss: England’s War, Fate’s Arrows

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As England crumbles, so does Thomas as he rails against the world which has snatched life and love away from him so savagely. The end of the 116 year struggle between old foes shall be the making and breaking of a boy yet to develop into a man….

Book Review: The Iron King, by Maurice Druon

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Touted by George R.R. Martin as the original Game of Thrones, Druon’s series has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity recently, and can be found in major bookstores.

What’s New in Medieval Historical Fiction

New Medieval Historical Fiction

Learn more about these books: See the Sister Fidelma mysteries Wikipedia entry Visit, website for the authors Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear The Buried Giant review – Kazuo Ishiguro ventures into Tolkien territory – review by Tom Holland in The Guardian ‘The Invention of Fire’ is a thrillingly written 14th-century murder mystery […]

Mystery, Secrets and Magic

Star map for May 19, 1536. Created by Hunter S. Jones

When I decided to put pen to paper for a Tudor historical fiction story, I had no idea what I wanted to write. The subject has been analyzed and romanticized for five hundred years. What could I do that would be an original slant on this iconic subject matter? After having a look around I noticed that no one appears to have the exact moment of her execution. From there, the story began to slowly develop and present itself to me.

The Oblate’s Confession, by William Peak

The Oblate's Confession

Read an except from William Peak’s debut novel, which won the Best New Voice award for Fiction at the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards

Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale

Caliburn Merlin Tale

The best way to describe Virgil Renzulli’s Caliburn: Merlin’s Tale is as a King Arthur origin story, set in an alternate universe.

Review: The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham

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Inside, what I came across was a solid tale based during the Third Crusade, in the aftermath of the dreadful battle at the Horns of Hattin.

The Beginning of Medieval Historical Fiction: Ten Novels from the 19th century

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Historical fiction was just beginning as literary genre in the 19th century, but soon authors found success in writing about stories set in the Middle Ages.

Historical Lives in Fiction, Characters in Fiction: Are they the same people?

Abelard and Heloise by Edmund Blair Leighton

There is a strong relationship between history and fiction. The characters created by writers, either in historical novels and literary fiction, reflect that relationship. Many of the characteristics of fictional characters can also be ascribed to characters depicted in historical fiction and biographical writing.

What’s New in Medieval Fiction

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Here are seven recently published novels that will take you back to the Middle Ages!

Book Review: Knight of Jerusalem: a Biographical Novel of Balian d’Ibelin

Knight of Jerusalem

Knight of Jerusalem is not simply an academic work of history dressed up as fiction – it is a well-plotted, tightly written tale that vividly depicts the life and times of an intrinsically interesting historical figure.

Interview with Sherry Jones – The Sharp Hook of Love

The Sharp Hook of Love

I try to tell whatever story I’m telling with struck adherence to the known facts and as faithfully to the era — its culture, mores, values, etc. — as I can be without having been there. However, I also recognize that history is its own form of fiction

INTERVIEW: A Conversation with SD Sykes about Plague Land

Burial of plague victims - The Black Death

My interview with fiction author, SD Sykes about her fantastic medieval crime novel, Plague Land.

The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham

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The year is 1191. A daring counterattack against the Saracens’ last-ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat; it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart.

Book Review: The Rhyme of King Harold

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The Rhyme of King Harold is an entertaining way to learn more about the flip side of the Bayeux Tapestry and getting in touch with your Saxon roots.

Book Review: An Unsuitable Princess, by Jane Rosenberg LaForge

an unsuitable princess

The fantasy breaks up the troubling narcissism of the diary, while the diary gives the fantasy its grounding and meaning.

‘Forgive me for all I have done and all I must do’: Portrayals of Negative Motherhood in George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords


I will argue that Martin both transgresses traditional high fantasy narratives but also employs other stereotypes found in general literature regarding motherhood and female power, often negative in tone.

BOOK REVIEWS: “The Chalice” by Nancy Bilyeau

The Chalice

My book review of Nancy Bilyeau’s, “The Chalice”.

Returning the King: The Medieval King in Modern Fantasy

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Tales of kingship in modern fiction, specifically in the work of Neil Gaiman (The Sandman) and George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones), are similar to the medieval models, as kingship and the requirements of kingship were popular themes in medieval texts, including Beowulf and King Horn.

BOOK REVIEW: A King’s Ransom – Sharon Kay Penman

A King's Ransom - Sharon Kay Penman

A King’s Ransom is the follow up to Lionheart and tells the story of King Richard I’s imprisonment in Germany at the hands of Duke Leopold of Austria and Emperor Heinrich VI and of his battle to win back his Kingdom from his rapacious brother John.

A Burnable Book – novel starring Chaucer and Gower gets strong reviews

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A Burnable Book is the title of Bruce Holsinger’s new historical thriller, set in the 14th century, with Geoffrey Chaucer as one of the main characters

Abelard and Heloise’s Love Story from the Perspective of their Son Astrolabe: Luise Rinser’s Novel Abelard’s Love

Abelards Love

Abelard and Heloise’s Love Story from the Perspective of their Son Astrolabe: Luise Rinser’s Novel Abelard’s Love By Albrecht Classen Rocky Mountain Review, Vol.57:1 (2003) Introduction: The debate about the authenticity of Abelard and Heloise’s correspondence has raged for many decades, if not centuries. Traditionally, many critics have claimed that Heloise, as a woman, could not […]

Book Review: The Cross and the Dragon, by Kim Rendfeld

The Cross and the Dragon

Rendfeld skillfully presents what might have been facts, and entertains the reader at the same time.

Book Review: The Walls of Byzantium, by James Heneage

walls of byzantium

To get through this maze, Heneage employs the time proven and very useful conceit of human interest at its most personal level – a love story, not merely triangular but quadrilateral, plus the ardent love of place…

Book Review: The Winter Warrior, by James Wilde

Winter Warrior

Do you like Anglo-Saxons and Vikings and a lot of gore? You’ll probably like this book. Are you French? You probably won’t.

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