What are the best books about medieval history?

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    #1Life in a Medieval City

    Life in a Medieval City

    This book accurately depicts what it was like to live in a city of the Northwest of Europe in the 12th and 13th centuries. Written by Frances and Joseph Gies, the information in this book is so precise that it was a source for 'Game of Thrones'.




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    Jeremy Black
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I was doing a report on medieval history and I used this book as a reference. The amount of detail that Life in a Medieval City went into a lot and it really helped in my report."
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    #2Medieval Women

    Medieval Women
    This book is a collection of Eileen Power's popular lectures about medieval women, where we can know about how they lived, what was their education level like and what kind of jobs did they do.



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    Amy Wong
    Written on April 3, 2018
    "I have always loved history, but they never truly focused on women a lot. That is what drew me to this book. I got to see the daily life of a medieval woman. It is a short book, so it is a quick read, but it is very informative I thought. I really enjoyed learning about these women."
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    #3William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry

    William Marshal: The Flower of Chivalry
    Georges Duby, the great medieval historian, shares with everybody the life of William Marshal, one of the finest knights ever, the flower of chivalry and winner of many contests and tournaments, which are narrated in these pages. 




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    Phillip Silva
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This book is written by medieval historian Georges Duby. The book features the main character William Marshall. Marshall's character is based on the code of chivalry. The book features tournaments, contests, wars and daily details of medieval life."
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    #4Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England

    Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England is a non-fiction book written by the renowned writer of history books, Alison Weir. It chronicles the life of Queen Isabella, who ruled as the queen of England during the 14th century.

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    Patrick Grant
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "With royal weddings coming pretty frequently of late, interest in all things Royal Families are on the rise. Accordingly, this book caught my eye. Isabella isn't one of the more well known English queens, but that just made it more interesting to me. Set around the Dark Ages, this book tells of Isabella's life as England began to take the first basic steps toward the England that would become a little more familiar to those of us who look at history with the lens of reflection."
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    #5A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

    A Distant Mirror:  The Calamitous 14th Century
    Barbara W. Tuchman—the acclaimed author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning classic The Guns of August—once again marshals her gift for character, history, and sparkling prose to compose an astonishing portrait of medieval Europe.
     
    The fourteenth century reflects two contradictory images: on the one hand, a glittering age of crusades, cathedrals, and chivalry; on the other, a world plunged into chaos and spiritual agony. In this revelatory work, Barbara W. Tuchman examines not only the great rhythms of history but the grain and texture of domestic life: what childhood was like; what marriage meant; how money, taxes, and war dominated the lives of serf, noble, and clergy alike. Granting her subjects their loyalties, treacheries, and guilty passions, Tuchman re-creates the lives of proud cardinals, university scholars, grocers and clerks, saints and mystics, lawyers and mercenaries, and, dominating all, the knight—in all his valor and “furious follies,” a “terrible worm in an iron cocoon.”
     


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    Eugene Washington
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book on medieval history. Lots of interesting asides to keep the reader engaged and satisfied. Highly recommended."
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    #6How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History Series)

    How the Irish Saved Civilization (Hinges of History Series)
    This book narrates how Europe evolved from the classical age, where Rome and its empire ruled, to the medieval era, in which Ireland had a vital role, as its monks and scribes were in charge of copying everything that happened and it was in Ireland where the seeds of culture started spreading all over Europe. 
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    Danielle Reed
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I'm not a huge fan of history but Thomas Calhill writes this so well it is hard to tell you are learning about history and not just reading a novel. Very well written, intriguing, and imformative."
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    #7The Wars of the Roses

    The Wars of the Roses

    The Wars of the Roses is a historical non-fiction book written by Alison Weir. The Wars of the Roses was published on July 25, 1996 by Ballantine Books. The book is about the eponymous War of the Roses.

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    Ronald Mendoza
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is one account of the famed War of the Roses, one of the best known conflicts in British medieval history. This is one of a number of books on the subject, so there is certainly competition, but this appears to be a very well written and well reviewed book in its own right. This should be a good choice for anyone looking for a first book on the subject, or additional reading as well."
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    #81453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

    1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West

    1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West is a historical book written by Roger Crowley. This historical book was published on August 15, 2006 by Hachette Books.

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    Luis Gómez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The best book about medieval history is 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West. This book is an account of the battle between Mehmed II, sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and Constantine XI, the 57th emperor of Byzantium, illuminates the period in history that was a precursor to the current jihad between the West and the Middle East."
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    #9In Search of the Dark Ages

    In Search of the Dark Ages

    In Search of the Dark Ages is a non-fiction history book by Michael Wood, first published in 1981. It chronicles the events of the Norman conquest of England during the 11th century.

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    Betty Moreno
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Dark Ages were an interesting time. The details this book gives on how people lived in the medieval time period is kind of amazing. They had it rough but it was just life to them."
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    #10Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

    Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

    Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life is a non-fiction book written by Alison Weir. It recounts the life of the queen of France, and later England, during the Middle Ages.

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    #11The Tale of Genji: (Deluxe Edition)

    The Tale of Genji: (Deluxe Edition)
    Tale of Genji is an 11th-century classic written by Murasaki Shikibu. This epic portrays Prince Genji and the life of a monarch in the Heian period. This edition uses Royall Tyler's translation.
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    Donald Burke
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "A beautiful novel with many poems from an old time back in Japan. Well written and with an interesting way to read as people didn't have names so much in this book but was refered to by their titles. Neat book though."
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    #12Island of the Lost

    Island of the Lost
    Island of the Lost is a story based on two shipwrecks in the accident-prone Auckland Island. Using a combination of records and existing journals from survivors, historian Joan Druett brilliantly recreated the 19th-century tragedies into a book. 


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    Carolyn Watson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Shipwrecks are always of interest to me. Learning about the people who were on the ship and those that survived is very intriguing to me. This book does a good job at giving many details about such."
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    #13The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain is a history book written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136. It chronicles the beginnings of England, from its founding by Brutus of Troy up to the arrival of the Saxons and the Norman conquest.

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    Katherine Weber
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "The History of the Kings of Britain is an important work because it was written at a time not too removed from the events recounted. It is also the first book to mention King Arthur. As time has gone by, we have come to realize that it's not entirely accurate. It's still an important historical document, though Unfortunately, it was almost impossible to read this book. It's as if it wasn't proofread at all. There are typos on each and every page, and the formatting is terrible."
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    #14The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior

    The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior

    The Artist, the Philosopher, and the Warrior: The Intersecting Lives of Da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Borgia and the World They Shaped is a historical book written by Paul Strathern. It was published in September 2009.

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    Amalia Meza
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a historical tale about some of the most talented people this world has ever known. Strathern shows how these men rose to greatness with stunning detail. "
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    #15The History Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The History Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

    The History Book by R.G Grant is a history novel originally published in October 2008. This book belongs to the Big Ideas Simply Explained series published by the Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff.

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    Sandra Baker
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This book is excellent. It's easy to understand and easy to read."
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    #16The Vatican Princess

    The Vatican Princess

    The Vatican Princess: A novel of Lucrezia Borgia is a historical drama fiction novel written by C. W. Gortner. It was released in February 2016. It is about the controversial life of Lucrezia Borgia.

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    Stephanie Watson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you are looking for a great novel about medieval history The Vatican Princess: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia is the book for you. This novel is about the controversial lifestyle of Lucrezia Borgia. The author of this 400 page master piece was written by C. W. Gortner which was released in February 2016 would be the perfect book for you."
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    #17Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe

    Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe
    Four Queens: The Provencal Sisters Who Ruled Europe is a non-fiction book written by Nancy Goldstone, first published in 2007 by Viking Books. It recounts the lives of the four daughters of the count of Provence who each became a queen.
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    Emma Reynolds
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Four Queens: The provencal sisters who ruled Europe is a medieval story took place which some readers made interest of about history and entertaining to read. But some said the content made them disappointed cause it lack some vibrancy and flavor in the story. "
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    #18The Rival Queens

    The Rival Queens
    The Rival Queens is a non-fiction book written by Nancy Goldstone, first published in 2015 by Little, Brown and Company. It tells the story of Catherine de' Medici and her daughter, Marguerite de Valois, as the two compete for the crown.
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    Raymond Fowler
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "Solution is highly rated and reviewed, True story so it fits with the topic of medieval history."
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    #19Terry Jones' Medieval Lives

    Terry Jones' Medieval Lives
    Terry Jones' Medieval Lives is a medieval historical non-fiction book written by Terry Jones. This comedic historical book is first published in 2004. 
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    Olivia May
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "I love books that involve medieval history, and this book was quite enjoyable. It was well written, and made me want to keep reading. I would recommend. "
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    #20The Borgia Bride

    The Borgia Bride
    The Borgia Bride is a historical fiction novel for young adults, written by Jeanne Kalogridis. It was released in April 2007. It is about Sancha and her fight to survive the plots of Lucrezia, sister of Sancha's groom-to-be, Cesare.
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    Harry Wallace
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This was sort of interesting, in that it had a fair amount of historical detail; others have said that it is "mostly" accurate, and I don't have the qualifications to dispute that. On the other hand, the tone-shift from historical drama to scheming family gave me a bit of whiplash more than once."
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