Medieval Fiction

In recent years, we have seen a dramatic growth in historical fiction set in the Middle Ages.  A numbner of great authors have been writing mysteries, fantasies, romances and adventures set in a medieval backdrop. This section will provide readers with information, reviews and news about the latest books.

The Pillars of the Earth – the Amplified Edition – The Amplified Edition of Ken Follett’s international bestselling novel The Pillars of the Earth has been released by Penguin Books and Starz. It combines the novel with new content from the upcoming mini-series. This electronic edition is available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod in the United States.  See also the section on the Pillars of the Earth minis-series.

The Red Queen, by 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.

Author Profile: Guy Gavriel Kay – author of ten books that depict fantasy settings developed from real places in the medieval world.  Winner of the 2008 World Fantasy Award for Ysabel. His eleventh book, Under Heaven, will be coming out in April 2010.

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village, by Laura Amy Schlitz – winner of the 2008 Newbury Award, this children’s book takes you back to an English village in 1255, where life plays out in dramatic vignettes illuminating twenty-two unforgettable characters.

Interview with Jack Whyte – author of a dozen historical fiction novels, includingThe Camulod Chronicles (A Dream of Eagles) series and The Templar Trilogyseries.

The Burning Land, by Bernard CornwellIn the last years of the ninth century, King Alfred of Wessex is in failing health, and his heir is an untested youth. The Danes, who have failed so many times to conquer Wessex, smell opportunity…

Agincourt: A Novel, by Bernard Cornwell

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The King’s Mistress, by Emma Campion

I Serve, by Rosanne E. Lortz

Eadric the Grasper – Sons of Mercia (Volume 1), by Jayden Woods

The Astronomer, by Lawrence Goldston

Under Heaven, by Guy Gabriel Kay

Axe of Iron – The Settlers, by J.A. Hunsinger

More Medieval Fiction

The Sorcerer of Sainte Felice, by Ann Finnin

The Queen’s Daughter, by Susan Coventry

Effigy of the Cloven Hoof, by Ellen Foster

Poison: A Novel of the Renaissance, by Sara Poole

The Secret Eleanor, by Cecelia Holland

The Demon’s Parchment: A Medieval Noir, by Jeri Westerson

Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine, by Alison Weir

Eight for Eternity: A John the Lord Chamberlain Mystery, by Mary Reed, Eric Mayer

The Sheen On The Silk: A Novel, by Anne Perry

Genghis: Bones of the Hills, by Conn Iggulden

The Fall of the Templars, by Robyn Young

Crusade, by Robyn Young

Brethren, by Robyn Young

Crusade: The Heretic’s Secret, Part I, by John Wilson

Sand Daughter, by Sarah Bryant

The Last Quest: Song of Montsegur, by Derek Armstrong

The King’s Arrow, by Michael Cadnum

Serpent in the Thorns: A Medieval Noir, by Jeri Westerson

The Council of the Cursed: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland, by Peter Tremayne

Keeper Of The Grail, by Michael P. Spradlin

Trail of Fate, by Michael P. Spradlin

Chambers of Death, by Priscilla Royal

Outlaw: The Legend Of Robin Hood, by Tony Lee

No Law in the Land, by Michael Jecks

Troubadour, by Mary Hoffman

The Traitor’s Wife: A Novel of the Reign of Edward II, by Susan Higginbotham

The Rebel Princess, by Judith Koll Healey

To Know Evil, by Stephen Gaspar

The Viking’s Defiant Bride, by Joanna Fulford

The Serpent’s Tale, by Ariana Franklin

Mistress Of The Art Of Death, by Ariana Franklin

Grave Goods, by Ariana Franklin

The Plague, by Joanne Dahme

The Red Velvet Turnshoe, by Cassandra Clark

The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz, by Michelle Cameron


The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, by Jesse Bullington

My Lady Judge: The First Burren Mystery, by Cora Harrison

Michaelmas Tribute, by Cora Harrison

The Sting of Justice: A Mystery of Medieval Ireland, by Cora Harrison

A Secret and Unlawful Killing: a Mystery of Medieval Ireland, by Cora Harrison

The Lancelot Murders, by J.M.C. Blair

The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory

Figures in Silk: A Novel, by Vanora Bennett

The Rose & the Shield, by Elaine Barbieri

Rashi’s Daughters Book Three: Rachel, by Maggie Anton

Looking for Marco Polo, by Alan Armstrong

The Parisian Prodigal, by Alan Gordon

Order in Chaos, by Jack Whyte

Under Heaven, by Guy Gabriel Kay

The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland

Ransom My Heart, by Meg Cabot

The Book of the Maidservant, by Rebecca Barnhouse

The High City, by Cecelia Holland

The Road to Jerusalem, by Jan Guillou

The Joys of My Life, by Alys Clare

A Plague of Poison: a Templar Knight mystery, by Maureen Ash

Bloodline, by Katy Moran

Company of Liars, by Karen Maitland

Veil of Lies: A Medieval Noir, by Jeri Westerson

Devil’s Brood, by Sharon Kay Penman

La Catedral del Mar, by Idelfonso Falcones

Bones of the Hills, by Conn Iggulden

Hangman Blind, by Cassandra Clark

The Siege, by Ismail Kadare

Blue Flame, by KM Grant

The Pardoner’s Crime, by Keith Souter

Gentlemen Of The Road, by Michael Chabon

World Without End, by Ken Follett

Interview with R.G. Johnston, author of Vinland the Beginning

Click here to see the full list of Medieval Fiction Books


Historical Friction – C.W. Gortner, Gail Tsukiyama, and Maggie Anton, discuss their latest books, and the benefits and challenges of writing in historical fiction


Candace Robb finds new voice as Emma Campion

Novelist reinvents Robin Hood as medieval gangster

Cambridge University’s bloody beginnings given the crime fiction treatment

Over 5000 medieval historical novels, scholar finds

Relics, by John Desjarlais

La Catedral del Mar, by Idelfonso Falcones