What are the best medieval and renaissance historical fiction books?

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    #1Lionheart

    Lionheart
    Lionheart is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published October 4, 2011 Marian Wood Books/Putnam. It follows the story of the "The Devil's Brood."
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    Olivia Cooper
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I have an unquenchable appetite for anything medieval, whether fact or fiction. This book is very satisfying, enough to at least quench my appetite while reading it. If you enjoy reading about this historical time, this is worthwhile read."
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    #2An Instance of the Fingerpost

    An Instance of the Fingerpost

    An Instance of the Fingerpost by Iain Pears is a historical mystery about a young woman who is accused of murdering a fellow of New College. Four witnesses claimed to tell what happened but everyone has different versions. 

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    Kimberly Gomez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is not the type of book I usually read. However since it was a murder mystery, I decided to give this historical work of fiction a shot. I found it really interesting and a good read. The only thing I didn't like about it was how long it was. "
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    #3The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery

    The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery

    The Queen's Man: A Medieval Mystery (Medieval Mysteries) is a Mystery, Historical and Medieval Fiction novel written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published April 14, 1998 by Ballantine Books.

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    Andrea Spencer
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I love when historical fiction allows you to learn a ton about the time period while also keeping readable with a good pace, plot, and story. This book has all of those things, and Justin DeQuincys story kept me hooked until the end."
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    #4Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution (The Shardlake series)

    Dissolution is a book by C.J Sansom that tells the story of Henry VIII. He proclaimed his self as the head of the Chruch during his reign, but not everybody will agree with him. 

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    Fernando Valdés
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is the first book of a great series. If you love history or mystery, you will love this book. If you love them both, even better. This book transfers you to another time in history. The mystery will keep you on the edge of your chair. "
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    #5Company of Liars, a Novel of the Plague

    Company of Liars, a Novel of the Plague

    Company of Liars, a Novel of the Plague is a Mystery, Historical and Medieval Fiction written by Karen Maitland. It was published August 25, 2009 by Delta publications.

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    Ralph Campbell
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A riveting adventure through a long lost era will keep you entertained page after page. The character development was quite strong and substantial, I was very intrigued by them and all their different parts. A bit dark at times the book takes you through the struggles of the time and keeps you in suspense. "
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    #6Cathedral of the Sea

    Cathedral of the Sea

    Cathedral of the Sea is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Ildefonso Falcones and was translated by Nick Caistor. It was published May 1, 2008 by Berkley.

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    Martha Solís
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I love historical fiction, and this was no different! I am not very familiar with 14th Century Spain, so not only was I drawn in by the story, but I enjoyed learning at the same time. I did have a hard time with the graphic depictions of abuse, but they weren't peppered throughout the novel or anything like that. I can only think of one time that I really struggled. Overall, a really enjoyable experience."
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    #7Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons

    Here Be Dragons is a medieval, renaissance, historical and fiction book written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was published June 1, 1985 by Holt, Rinhart and Winston. It follows the story of a King.

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    Eric Peterson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "If you're looking for the best medieval and renaissance historical fiction books, then Here Be Dragons should be an excellent read! It's about 13th century England and Wales and France and will definitely scratch that historical itch that you're seeking. "
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    #8Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell)

    Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell)

    Bring Up The Bodies is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Hilary Mantel. It tells the story of Anne Boleyn as she stands trial for adultery, as part of Henry VIII's ploy to bring her down. It is the second book in the Thomas Cromwell series. 

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    Deborah Austin
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "A much dramatized account of true historical events. If that's the sort of thing you're into, give it a go."
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    #9The Birth of Venus

    The Birth of Venus

    The Birth of Venus is a historical romance fiction novel written by Sarah Dunant. This book is about Alessandra Cecchi who has a talent for painting. It is first published in 2003 by Random House. 

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    #10The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)

    The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)

    The Last Kingdom is the first book in the series The Saxon Chronicles. It tells the story of Uhtred Ragnarson, a boy who was born a Saxon and then kidnapped by Danes as a child. Since then they raised Uhtred to become a warrior. 

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    Pamela Coleman
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Last Kingdom is a beautiful novel that explores nature versus nurture against the backdrop of a medieval setting. The story is adventurous and exciting and I love how the author weaves in actual history. A much more fun read than I was expecting!"
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    #11When Christ and His Saints Slept

    When Christ and His Saints Slept

    This is a novel about a woman, Maude, Countess of Anjou, who was set to rule England. Her right to the throne was challenged by his cousin Stephen which caused brutal tragedies across the nation.

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    Randy Guerrero
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "if you are into medieval and renaissance historical fiction books, then you definitely need to check this one out. When Christ and His Saints Slept is a great book in the genre, and I devoured it almost all in one sitting!"
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    #12The Sunne in Splendour

    The Sunne in Splendour

    The Sunne in Splendour: A Novel of Richard III is a historical fiction novel for young adult written by Sharon Kay Penman. It was first released in January 2008. It is about the controversial monarch and his alleged murder of his royal nephews.

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    Gloria Myers
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a popular book, with 583 reviews giving it an impressive 4.7 stars. History can be sterile and boring for young people, but this author has enlivened the era surrounding the reign of Richard III to make it both interesting and informative. A reading of this book would probably be a good idea before these young readers are assigned to plow through Shakespeare's "Richard III". They will finally understand what it was all about!"
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    #13The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)

    The Pillars of the Earth (Kingbridge)
    The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett is the first book in the Kingsbridge series. This fast-paced action book is set up during the twelfth century in a cathedral in England, and the story about love, revenge, and betrayal are told.
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    Diane Ortega
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "What a wonderful and thoroughly engrossing piece of historical fiction. There is action, romance, tragedy and redemption, all the heart-pounding elements needed to keep you pinned to the page, but hopefully not burn the supper, which is what I did. Thank heavens for Dominos. I truly recommend this book."
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    #14The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose
    The Name of the Rose is a novel by Umberto Eco about a friar who investigates and collects pieces of evidence with the series of historical murder mysteries in an Italian monastery. This book has won many international awards.
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    Rebecca West
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I love a good mystery book and I also love reading about medieval times. Very interesting book!"
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    #15The Daisy and the Bear

    The Daisy and the Bear

    The Daisy and the Bear is a historical fiction book written by K.L. Clark. The Daisy and the Bear was published in 2011. The book follows the supposed love affair between Margaret of Anjou and the Earl of Warwick.

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    Dolores Rivas
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "The Daisy and the Bear will interest anyone who enjoys learning about the renaissance period. This is a fascinating historial fiction book following the romance of Margaret of Anjou and the Earl of Warwick. K.L. Clark bring us interesting characters and descriptive settings that really take you into another time and place. "
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    #16The Virgin Widow

    The Virgin Widow

    The Virgin Widow is a historical fiction book written by Anne O'Brien. The Virgin Widow was published on November 2nd 2010 by NAL. The novel is set during the War of the Roses.

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    Bruce Edwards
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "If one is interested in historical fiction a great book to read is The Virgin Widow. This book is set during the War of the Roses. This time period is a dramatic setting for a gripping and thrilling book. It is a must read."

Summary

Best What are the best medieval and renaissance historical fiction books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1LionheartBooks 33 Paid
2An Instance of the FingerpostBooks 26 Paid
3The Queen's Man: A Medieval MysteryBooks 20 Paid
4Dissolution (The Shardlake series)Books 20 Paid
5Company of Liars, a Novel of the PlagueBooks 20 Paid
6Cathedral of the SeaBooks 17 Paid
7Here Be DragonsBooks 14 Paid
8Bring Up the Bodies (Thomas Cromwell)Books 11 Paid
9The Birth of VenusBooks 9 Paid
10The Last Kingdom (Saxon Tales)Books 8 Paid
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