Seattle Picks: Historical Fiction--Ancient & Medieval World

The King's Mistress
The King's Mistress A Novel By Campion, Emma Book - 2010 FIC CAMPION 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:The young widowed Alice Perrers and her daughter find both protection and danger in the lavish court of King Edward III and Queen Philippa.

Agincourt By Cornwell, Bernard Book - 2009 FIC CORNWEL 2009 Available in some locations

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.

The Palace of Illusions
The Palace of Illusions A Novel By Divakaruni, Chitra Banerjee Book - 2008 FIC DIVAKAR 2008 Available in some locations

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.

Baudolino By Eco, Umberto Book - 2002 FIC ECO Available in some locations

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.

People of the Longhouse
People of the Longhouse By Gear, W. Michael Book - 2010 FIC GEAR 2010 Available in some locations

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.

The Red Queen
The Red Queen By Gregory, Philippa Book - 2010 FIC GREGORY 2010 Available in some locations

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.

The Rebel Princess
The Rebel Princess By Healey, Judith Koll Book - 2009 FIC HEALEY 2009 Available in some locations

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.

By Fire, by Water
By Fire, by Water A Novel By Kaplan, Mitchell James Book - 2010 FIC KAPLAN 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Queen Hereafter
Queen Hereafter A Novel By King, Susan Book - 2010 FIC KING 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Ransom By Malouf, David Book - 2009 FIC MALOUF 2009 Available in some locations

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.

Watermark By Sankaran, Vanitha Book - 2010 FIC SANKARA 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Empire The Novel of Imperial Rome By Saylor, Steven Book - 2010 FIC SAYLOR 2010 Available in some locations

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.

Captive Queen
Captive Queen A Novel of Eleanor of Aquitaine By Weir, Alison Book - 2010 FIC WEIR 2010 Available in some locations

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.

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A selection of novels set in a variety of locales around the world from ancient times through the 15th century.