Top 50 Medieval Themed Books

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1. The Pillars of the Earth 2. The Name of the Rose 3. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century 4. Beowulf 5. The Canterbury Tales

1. The Pillars of the Earth

Ken Follett | avg rating 4.30–736,531 ratings — published 1989


2. The Name of the Rose

Umberto Eco | avg rating 4.11–352,364 ratings — published 1980


3. A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Barbara W. Tuchman | avg rating 4.09–61,136 ratings — published 1978


4. Beowulf

Unknown | avg rating 3.40–234,289 ratings — published 975


5. The Canterbury Tales

Geoffrey Chaucer | avg rating 3.48–244,895 ratings — published 1390


6. World Without End

Ken Follett | avg rating 4.24–209,646 ratings — published


7. The Waning of the Middle Ages

Johan Huizinga | avg rating 4.08–4,709 ratings — published 1919


8. Catherine, Called Birdy

Karen Cushman | avg rating 3.70–41,732 ratings — published 1994


9. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century

Ian Mortimer | avg rating 3.98–58,721 ratings — published 2008


10. Ivanhoe

Walter Scott | avg rating 3.74–113,690 ratings — published 1819


11. The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri | avg rating 4.06–178,658 ratings — published 1320


12. The Cross of Lead

Avi | avg rating 3.59–26,854 ratings — published 2002


13. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Unknown | avg rating 3.67–53,395 ratings — published 1390


14. The Decameron

Giovanni Boccaccio | avg rating 3.87–48,228 ratings — published 1353


15. The Door in the Wall

Marguerite de Angeli | avg rating 3.74–18,682 ratings — published 1949


16. The Song of Roland

Unknown | avg rating 3.57–16,857 ratings — published 110


17. Inferno

Dante Alighieri | avg rating 3.98–191,462 ratings — published 1320


18. Mistress of the Art of Death

Ariana Franklin | avg rating 3.96–62,918 ratings — published 2007


19. Doomsday Book

Connie Willis | avg rating 4.03–70,382 ratings — published 1992


20. The Midwife’s Apprentice

Karen Cushman | avg rating 3.71–48,079 ratings — published 1995


21. Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life

Alison Weir | avg rating 3.97–33,520 ratings — published 1999


22. Here be Dragons

Sharon Kay Penman | avg rating 4.30–45,401 ratings — published 1985


23. The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Adam Gidwitz | avg rating 4.16–9,008 ratings — published 2016


24. When Christ and His Saints Slept

Sharon Kay Penman | avg rating 4.27–27,556 ratings — published 1994


25. The History of the Medieval World: From the Conversion of Constantine to the First Crusade

Susan Wise Bauer | avg rating 4.10–6,047 ratings — published 2010


26. Katherine

Anya Seton | avg rating 4.18–58,059 ratings — published 1954


27. The Plantagenets: The Warrior Kings and Queens Who Made England

Dan Jones | avg rating 4.15–26,231 ratings — published 2012


28. The Civilization of the Middle Ages

Norman F. Cantor | avg rating 3.92–4,869 ratings — published 1963


29. Pope Joan

Donna Woolfolk Cross | avg rating 4.06–91,608 ratings — published 1996


30. The Last Kingdom

Bernard Cornwell | avg rating 4.24–81,676 ratings — published 2004


31. Company of Liars

Karen Maitland | avg rating 3.81–27,042 ratings — published 2008


32. The Middle Ages

Morris Bishop | avg rating 3.89–1,937 ratings — published 1968


33. The Physician

Noah Gordon | avg rating 4.36–41,535 ratings — published 1986


34. Adam of the Road

Elizabeth Gray Vining | avg rating 3.76–10,078 ratings — published 1942


35. In the Wake of the Plague: The Black Death and the World It Made

Norman F. Cantor | avg rating 3.50–9,055 ratings — published 2001


36. The Crusades Through Arab Eyes

Amin Maalouf | avg rating 4.18–10,348 ratings — published 1983


37. A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin | avg rating 4.45–2,032,039 ratings — published 1996


38. Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks | avg rating 4.01–174,249 ratings — published 2001


39. Life in a Medieval Village

Frances Gies | avg rating 3.86–2,528 ratings — published 1989


40. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!: Voices from a Medieval Village

Laura Amy Schlitz | avg rating 3.62–13,092 ratings — published 2007


41. Le Morte d’Arthur: King Arthur and the Legends of the Round Table

Thomas Malory | avg rating 3.94–47,850 ratings — published 1485


42. A Morbid Taste for Bones

Ellis Peters | avg rating 4.00–38,051 ratings — published 1977


43. The Nibelungenlied

Unknown | avg rating 3.89–8,645 ratings — published 1200


44. Hild

Nicola Griffith | avg rating 3.75–28,292 ratings — published 2013


45. Baudolino

Umberto Eco | avg rating 3.72–23,995 ratings — published 2000


46. El rey de hierro

Maurice Druon | avg rating 3.98–13,902 ratings — published 1955


47. The Archer’s Tale

Bernard Cornwell | avg rating 4.15–27,021 ratings — published 2000


48. Purgatorio

Dante Alighieri | avg rating 4.00–27,991 ratings — published 1320


49. The Making of the Middle Ages

R.W. Southern | avg rating 4.00–2,018 ratings — published 1953


50. The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

Thomas Asbridge | avg rating 4.16–5,012 ratings — published 2010


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