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Fiction Set in the Middle Ages

This is a list of fiction set during the years 450 to 1450 A.D., the Middle Ages.

*Part of a series. Many of the series set in the Middle Ages are mystery novels.

Rashi’s Daughters. Book III, Rachel*
Maggie Anton
Medieval France, 987 – 1515

Farewell, My Only One
Antoine Audouard
Abelard and Héloise, 12th century France

Duchess of Aquitaine: A Novel of Eleanor
Margaret Ball
Eleanor of Aquitaine, 1122 – 1204

The Coiners’ Quarrel*
Simon Beaufort
Henry I, King of England, 1068 – 1135

The Physician’s Tale
Ann Benson
14th century Great Britain

The Wolf Hunt
Gillian Bradshaw
Medieval France

Sand Daughter
Sarah Bryant
Third Crusade, 1189 – 1192

The Fruit of Her Hands: The Story of Shira of Ashkenaz
Michelle Cameron
Middle Ages in Europe

The King’s Mistress
Emma Campion
Edward III, King of England, 1312 – 1377

The Legend of Broken
Caleb Carr
Medieval civilization

Shadows and Strongholds

Elizabeth Chadwick
King Henry II of England

The Song of the Nightingale: A Hawkenlye Mystery*
Alys Clare
England, 1066 – 1485

Death of Kings*
Bernard Cornwell
King Alfred of England, 849 – 899

The Valcourt Heiress
Catherine Coulter
Eighth Crusade, 13th century

Timeline
Michael Crichton
Medieval France, 987 – 1515

The Templar*
P.C. Doherty
First Crusade, 1096 – 1099

Holy Warrior*
Angus Donald
King Richard I, 1189 – 1199

The King’s Grace
Anne Easter Smith
King Henry VII, 1485 – 1509

Baudolino
Umberto Eco
The Fourth Crusade, 1202 – 1204

A Floating Life: The Adventures of Li Po: A Historical Novel
Simon Elegant
8th century China during the Tang Dynasty

World Without End
Ken Follett
The Black Death, 14th century England

A Murderous Procession*
Ariana Franklin
King Henry II of England, 1133 – 1189

The Sempster’s Tale*
Margaret Frazer
King Henry VI of England, mid-15th century, at the close of the Middle Ages

The Parisian Prodigal: A Fools’ Guild Mystery*
Alan Gordon
13th century France

Mystery in the Minster: The Seventeenth Chronicle of Matthew Bartholomew*
Susanna Gregory
King Edward III, 1327 – 1377

The Marriage Prize
Virginia Henley
King Henry III, 1216 – 1272

Hugh and Bess
Susan Higginbotham
King Edward III, 1327 – 1377

City of Fiends*
Michael Jecks
King Edward II, 1307 – 1327

The Thrall’s Tale
Judith Lindbergh
Viking Greenland, A.D. 985

Prisoner of My Desire
Johanna Lindsey
King Stephen of England, 1135 – 1154

The Owl Killers
Karen Maitland
Women religious in England, to 1500

The Fourth Crow*
Pat McIntosh
15th century Scotland

Hill of Bones: A Historical Mystery*
Medieval Murderers
Medieval England, 1066 – 1485

Chaucer and the House of Fame
Philippa Morgan
14th century England

Falconer and the Death of Kings: A Master William Falconer Mystery*
Ian Morson
Edward I of England, 1239 – 1307

The Jester
James Patterson
Medieval France

Lionheart*
Sharon Kay Penman
Third Crusade, 1189 – 1192

The Cross-Legged Knight: An Owen Archer Mystery*
Candace Robb
Edward III of England, 1327 - 1377

Forsaken Soul*
Priscilla Royal
13th century England

The Rebels of Ireland: The Dublin Saga
Edward Rutherfurd
Ireland prior to 1172

Watermark: A Novel of the Middle Ages
Vanitha Sankaran
14th century France

The Tintern Treasure*
Kate Sedley
Richard III, 1483 – 1485

Unhallowed Ground: The Fourth Chronicle of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon*
Mel Starr
14th century England

Behold a Pale Horse: A Mystery of Ancient Ireland*
Peter Tremayne
7th century Ireland and Europe

Maid Marian
Elsa Watson
Richard I, 1189 – 1199

Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England
Alison Weir
Edward II, 1307 – 1327

Troubled Bones: A Crispin Guest Medieval Noir*
Jeri Westerson
14th century England

The Time of the Wolf
James Wilde
Anglo-Saxon England, 449 – 1066

Doomsday Book
Connie Willis
14th century England and the Black Death

The Poisoned Serpent*
Joan Wolf
Stephen, 1135 – 1154

 

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