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Subject: medieval?
Date Posted: 10/14/2008 12:47 AM ET
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i havent been able too find any good medieval books lately my favorite are the crispin series and the arthur series does and body know of any that are better or about the same?

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 7:23 AM ET
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I enjoy medieval fiction/mysteries but I'm not familiar with 'crispin' and there are dozens of "Arthur" books out there, probably hundreds. Which one are you saying you enjoy? Which author? I would suggest you try asking in the Historical Fiction forum further down the list of forums--those folks will likely be able to help you out.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 12:56 PM ET
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kevin crossley hollands arthur series, crisin is somewhat of a kids book, its a newberry medal by avi excellently written

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 1:43 PM ET
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the only medeival books that come to mind are things like The Canterbury Tales and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court...I like them both but I'm not sure they are what you are looking for. :)

Date Posted: 10/14/2008 4:55 PM ET
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One of the better mideival series that I have read was the Grail Quest series by Bernard Cornwall, it starts with The Archers Tale. I have also started on the Saxon Chronicles by the same author  which is pretty good.  As far as others Jester is a good one by James Patterson (one of the few I liked of his.)

Here is a link to Bernard Cornwell's page on fantastic fiction

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/bernard-cornwell/

Who writes the Crispin series?

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 12:15 AM ET
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Here are a few from the same genre of the books you mentioned (I think):

The Strongbow Saga by Judson Roberts (book 1 is Viking Warrior) is about Vikings in the 9th century.

The Telling Pool by David Clement-Davies

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) is a bit heftier and more fantasy with dragons and such, but it feels like a medieval setting.

HTH!

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 3:44 PM ET
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I am one of the HF-ers that Cheryl referred to, we can definitely help--if you like or think you'd like the Saxon Chronicles that Mike O suggested, try Sharon Kay Penman's Welsh trilogy--Falls the Shadow, Here be Dragons and the Reckoning. They are HF classics and are set in the 1200s, lots of battles and knights, castles and punishments--historically accurate except where occasionally noted by the author in the end notes. I love them and am finishing up The Reckoning now.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 4:26 PM ET
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I don't know if this is what your looking for, but I like Juliet Mariller's Sevenwaters Triology. Te first book is Daughter of the Forest. They are based around ancient Celtic legends.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 9:21 AM ET
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Since you enjoy reading about Arthur, I'd bet you'd like the following books -

  • Queen of Camelot by Nancy McKenzie - This is two books in one - The Child Queen and The High Queen
  • Norma Lorre Goodrich has an entire series on Arthur. I believe the first book is titled King Arthur.
  • Rosalind Miles has two series you'd probably enjoy: one based on Guinevere; Guinevere, The Knight of the Sacred Lake, and The Child of the Holy Grail. The second series is about Isolde; Isolde: Queen of the Western Isle, The Maid of the White Hands, and The Lady of the Sea.
  • Stephen R. Lawhead's Pendragon Cycle, the first book is Taliesin. He also has a series about Robin Hood that you may enjoy.

I haven't read any of these other than the Rosalind Miles books, but they seem to be pretty popular. I also want to second Colleen's suggestion of Sharon Kay Penman. You can't go wrong with any of her books! Elizabeth Chadwick is another author of good medieval historical fiction. If you look for Chadwick books, you need to know that there is also an American author by the same name who writes romances.

You should definitely visit us in the Historical Fiction forum!