Seattle Picks: Historical Fiction--Ancient & Medieval World
Annotation:In order to escape hanging, archer Nicholas Hook joins King Henry V’s army and is sent to France where he fights in the 1415 Battle of Agincourt, and rescues a French novitiate from raiding troops.
Annotation:The legendary princess Panchaali narrates this re-telling of the ancient Sanskrit epic of Mahabharata from the viewpoint of a rebellious, strong, magical woman. Filled with intrigue, battles, plot twists, tragedy and romance.
Annotation:Baudolino, an Italian peasant, saves a Byzantine historian during the 1204 sack of Constantinople by Christian crusaders. Baudolino then recounts the story of his life in a leisurely narrative sprinkled with fantasy.
Annotation:An Iroquois brother and sister in early 15th-century North America are kidnapped when unknown warriors raid their village. Written by archeologists, this gripping (and at times violent) adventure tale has many authentic cultural details.
Annotation:Lady Margaret Beaufort, ruthless Tudor matriarch, steers her way through courtly intrigue and civil strife to ensure that her son, Henry VII, becomes King of England.
Annotation:Princess Alais navigates conspiracies and shifting loyalties in the royal French court of the early 13th century. This suspenseful, richly detailed novel is a sequel to The Canterbury Papers, but stands on its own.
Annotation:This carefully researched and vividly rendered account of 15th-century Spain follows the experiences of several Jewish characters during the Inquisition and the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the New World.
Annotation:An 11th-century Scottish warrior-king grants sanctuary to a royal Saxon family, demanding in exchange to marry their daughter. Based on true historical figures.
Annotation:This lyrical and moving retelling of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad, focuses on Achilles’ killing of Hector and the subsequent heart-wrenching act of supplication by Hector’s father, the king of Troy.
Annotation:In 14th-century France, Auda, a papermaker’s daughter whose tongue was torn out at birth, learns to read and write. These skills allow her self-expression, but also bring her into conflict with the Inquisition.
Annotation:Filled with the drama of ancient Rome, this saga follows multiple generations of the Pinarius family as they serve a series of emperors from A.D. 14 to 141. A sequel to Roma, but stands on its own.
Annotation:Weir brings a historian’s eye for detail to this gracefully written account of Eleanor of Aquitaine and her stormy, passionate marriage to King Henry II.