||[Jan. 4th, 2013|08:08 pm]
Just finished reading Pillars the Earth and World Without End both by Ken Follet. Can you suggest other books written about that era ? I'm interested in historical fiction from the fall of the Roman empire to just before Columbus. I'm not interested in fantasy, so no elves or dragons. Just stories of gritty life in the middle ages.|
Maybe the first two books of ASOIAF?
Thanks but no dragons. I`m looking for realistic depictions of daily life.
I dont remember any dragons in the first two but I could be mistaken. Ok, maybe the first one. I am trying to help, here!
It's set a couple of centuries later, but Katherine
When Christ and His Saints Slept
Try reading Sarum by Edward Rutherford. It goes through all of English history from the Ice Age to the 1980s, but there's a lot of emphasis on the Middle Ages.
Philippa Gregory is fun but not all that accurate.
Also, if you can get past the psuedo-Shakespearian dialogue, Ivanhoe is brilliant (and is also apparently the first historical novel)
I loved Pillars of the Earth. I read it in college.
The only person who comes to mind when I think of historical fiction, is James Michener.
The Hangman's Daughter books are great... I think they are set more in the late 1500s in Bavaria, but they are good. I just read the second one, The Dark Monk.
Bernard Cornwall has tons of books that deal with that time...One is called The Archers Tale (I think) and it is a series where an archer (duh) who is looking for the holy grail. Might be set during the 100 Years War if I remember correctly. Or something, I haven't read them in awhile. I think there are also ones about King Arthur, and even earlier with Vikings and all that..
and A Song of Fire and Ice, I didn't think I'd like either, but they are pretty damn good. I'm not into fantasy, but it wasn't too crazy. The dragons are about the only fantasy in the books.
Cathedral Of The Sea
by Ildefonso Falcones.
And Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
The first is set in the 14th century and follows the life of a low-born man during the inquisition and built of a large cathedral in Barcelona.
The second is set in the 8th century and follows a girl who decided upon disguising herself as her brother os she may have options in life she would not have as a woman.
The Cadfael series by Ellis Peters.
The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
Empire: The Novel of Ancient Rome by Steven Saylor
Knight of the Black and White by Jack Whyte (This is the first book in his Templar series)
The Knights Templar series by Michael Jecks
Byzantium by Stephen Lawhead (he also writes a lot of Arthurian fiction if you're into that.)
The Catherine Levendeur series by Sharan Newman.
Anything by Sharon Kay Penman.
Hopefully this gets you started. :)
Edited at 2013-01-05 06:06 pm (UTC)