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Subject: Recommendations for good Medieval romances?
Date Posted: 12/26/2012 9:05 PM ET
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Can anyone recommend good medievals, anything set between 1066-1485 will do ... I have a yen to read something set in this historical period & just can't seem to find anything.   I don't mind 1980's style, politically incorrect bodice-ripper recommendations and any good Harlequin historicals with that time period would be nice too.


Date Posted: 12/27/2012 12:34 AM ET
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I'm not entirely sure of their time period, but the medievals of Madeline Hunter and Jo Beverley are my favorites. I'd recommend By Possession and Lord of My Heart.

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 9:30 AM ET
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Straight romance or more historical fiction? 

Denise Domning is an author I've enjoyed.  Like Roberta Gellis as well-read them in college!  Absolute favorite is Elizabeth Chadwick-more hf though. 

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 5:32 PM ET
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I cannot remember the exact year it is set in, but The Irish Devil by Donna Fletcher is really good.

The Maiden of Inverness by Arnette Lamb (1300s) is also very good.

Date Posted: 12/27/2012 6:39 PM ET
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A Vow To Keep by Elizabeth Bonner.


Date Posted: 12/27/2012 7:23 PM ET
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Ah, well, there is one of the original classic romance novels, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. 

Several by Johanna Lindsey, Elizabeth Lowell, Heather Graham (Viking series), Julie Garwood, Judith McNaught (a few by her) are lighter romances.

I liked Merline Lovelace's historicals (link here)

Roberta Gellis, Shannon Drake write more indepth stories.

And, of course, Karen Marie Monings' Highlander series. 

Here is a link to Goodreads list of top voted medieval romances.


Date Posted: 12/27/2012 9:21 PM ET
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The Maiden of Inverness by Arnette Lamb (1300s) is also very good.

I second that one.  I loved it.

Date Posted: 12/28/2012 9:19 AM ET
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I think Maya Banks McCabe trilogy and Kresley Cole's If You... trilogy are from that time period and quite good.

Judith McNaught is a favorite author of mine, and A Kingdom of Dreams is from that time period. She has several others that are set in the 1800s that are just amazing - imho.

Of course Diana Gabaldon's Outlander is set about 1740 for most of the book.

And Julie Garwood has several top rated books set in this time period as well. I just haven't read them (yet). Here's a link for a list: http://www.unforgettableromances.com/garwood/garwoodchart/garwoodchart.htm

Good luck!