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This booklist focuses on novels whose plots are set during the era known as The Middle Ages or The Medieval Period. The Middle Ages in Europe are considered to be the years from about the 400s (following the collapse of the Roman Empire) through the 1400s (the beginning of The Renaissance). This period in history saw massive changes in governance, with different systems coming into and going out of power. The earliest period of the Middle Ages featured the arrival of Germanic peoples from northern Europe and Scandinavia into the area considered the Western Roman Empire, and the gradual dissolution of the Roman territories. This period saw the rise in importance throughout Europe of Christianity, and the birth and rapid growth of Islam in the Middle East. Following the rise and fall of the Carolingian Empire (Pepin the Short and his son Charlemagne in France), Europe entered a period of feudalism, which lasted for over 400 years. The period from the 1000s to the 1200s is known as the High Middle Ages, and stands as the point of greatest achievement for the civilized peoples of Europe. Government efficiency and economic conditions improved dramatically during these years, leading to more cultural growth and rising quality of life, although most arts and education were solely provided for the purposes of strengthening the influence of the church.

The late Middle Ages (1300s to the 1500s) featured the first transitions to what would eventually become Modern Europe -- improved agricultural methods, an increase in Royal influence vs. the influence of the Church, the appearance and growth of a humanism movement, and multiple wars. This period was also the setting in 1347 for an outbreak of the plague, later to be called the Black Death, which wiped out nearly 1/4 of the European population -- the results of which led to many class revolts.

This time period has proven to be fertile ground for recent authors, with numerous best-selling single novels and popular series coming into print in recent years. The following list focuses primarily on recent novels (most published within in the past 10 years, though a few classics have been thrown in for good measure) that are currently in the Lincoln City Libraries' collection. All titles owned by the libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our on-line catalog, so that you can check on the books' current availability. Titles not hotlinked here are provided in case you which to request them through out Interlibrary Loan Department.

For additional novels set during the Medieval Period, we suggested checking our on-line catalog under such subject headings as: Middle Ages -- Fiction ; Mysteries -- Historical -- Middle Ages ; Plagues -- Fiction ; Knights and Knighthood -- Fiction ; Romances -- Historical -- Middle Ages ; Great Britain -- History -- 1066-1154 (Norman Period) -- Fiction ; Great Britain -- History -- 1154-1399 (Plantagenets) -- Fiction or Historical Fiction.

The Leper's Companions book cover    The Sword and the Miracle book cover    The Marsh King's Daughter book cover    The Tavern in the Morning book cover    Vagabond book cover   

Ann BensonBurning Road [1999]
Plague Tales [1997]
Julia BlackburnThe Leper's Companions [1999]
Gillian BradshawWolf Hunt [2001]
Melvyn BraggThe Sword and the Miracle (a.k.a. Credo) [1996]
Geraldine BrooksYear of Wonders [2001]
Elizabeth ChadwickThe Champion [1998]
Lords of the White Castle [2000]
The Love Knot [1999]
The Marsh King's Daughter [1999]
Alys ClareAshes of the Elements [2000] This is a mystery novel
Fortune Like the Moon [1999] This is a mystery novel
Tavern in the Morning [2000] This is a mystery novel
Linda CookTwilight Clear [2002]
Bernard CornwellThe Archer's Tale [2001]
Vagabond [2002]
Heretic [2003]
Gordon R. DicksonThe Dragon and the Fair Maid of Kent [2000] This is a science fiction or fantasy novel
The Dragon in Lyonesse [1998] This is a science fiction or fantasy novel
P.C. DohertyThe Canterbury mystery series [1994-present, 4 vol.] This is a mystery novel
The Hugh Corbett mystery series [1996-present, 11 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Ken FollettPillars of the Earth [1989]
Margaret FrazerThe Sister Frevisse mystery series [1994-present, 13 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Rodrigo Garcia y Robertson Knight Errant [2001]

The Ghostly Murders [Canterbury Mystery series] book cover    Corpse Candle [Hugh Corbett Mystery series] book cover    Pillars of the Earth book cover    The Bastard's Tale [Sister Frevisse series] book cover    Jester Leaps In [Medieval Mysteries series] book cover   

Alan GordonThe Medieval Mysteries series [1999-present, 2 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Susanna GregoryThe Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles [1996-present, 9 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Hella S. HaasseIn a Dark Wood Wandering [1989]
Denise HamptonWarrior's Damsel [2000]
Paul HardingThe Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan [1991-1994, 2 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Virginia HenleyThe Marriage Prize [2000]
Michael JecksThe Medieval West Country mystery series [DATE] This is a mystery novel
Ellen JonesBeloved Enemy: The Passions of Eleanor of Aquitaine [1994]
Pamela KaufmanThe Book of Eleanor [2002]
Bernard KnightGrim Reaper [2002] This is a mystery novel
Tinner's Corpse [2001] This is a mystery novel
Lynn KurlandFrom This Moment On [2003]
Stephen R. LawheadByzantium [1996]
Margo MaguireCeltic Bride [2001]
Edward MarstonThe Domesday Books [1993-1998, 8 vol.] This is a mystery novel
The Nicholas Bracewell series [1988-present, 12 vol.] This is a mystery novel

Masterly Murder [Matthew Bartholomew Chronicles] book cover    The Marriage Prize book cover    The Book of Eleanor book cover    Byzantium book cover    The Hawks of Delamere [Domesday Books] book cover   

Isolde MartynThe Knight and the Rose [1999]
Connie MasonDragon Lord [2001]
Mary Reed McCallCrimson Lady [2003]
Suzanne McMinnMy Lady Runaway [2001]
Glenna McReynoldsThe Chalice and the Blade [1997]
Dream Stone [1998]
Moorcraft, Paul L.The Anchoress of Shere [2002]
Sharan NewmanThe Catherine LeVendeur Series [1993-present, 9 vol. to date] This is a mystery novel
James PattersonThe Jester [2003]
Sharon Key PenmanThe Justin de Quincy medieval mysteries [1996-present, 3 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Time and Chance [2002]
When Christ and his Saints Slept [1995]
Ellis PetersThe Brother Cadfael Series [1977-1995, 22 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Candace RobbThe Owen Archer mystery series [1993-present, 8 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Lael St. JamesMy Lady Beloved [2001]
Kate SedleyThe "Roger the Chapman" mystery series [1992-present, 9 vol.] This is a mystery novel
Judith TarrKingdom of the Grail [2000]
The Pride of Kings [2001] This is a science fiction or fantasy novel
Queen of Swords [1997]
Timothy TaylorElaine the Fair [1991]
Peter TremayneThe Sister Fidelma mystery series [1994-present, 10+ vol.] This is a mystery novel
Barry UnsworthMorality Play [1995] This is a mystery novel
Connie Willis
Joan WolfNo Dark Place [1999]

The Devil's Apprentice [Nicholas Bracewell series] book cover    The Outcast Dove [Cather LeVendeur series] book cover    The Jester book cover    Act of Mercy [Sister Fidelma series] book cover    Morality Play book cover   

This is a mystery novel indicates mystery title
This is a science fiction or fantasy novel indicates science fiction or fantasy title

Printed List April/May 2004 gb
Updated and expanded for the Web June 2004 sdc / last updated March 2008 sdc

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