My “Original Sins” strand is drawing to a close with one or two more books to come before the end of March and it’s time for my chronological trek through the world to historical mysteries to move to the medieval world. I’m going to try something rather ambitious with this thread and I think I’m going to need a bit of help from my adoring public.
The plan is to cover the medieval period, which I’m going to define as 1066 (William I taking the English throne) to 1485 (Henry VII winning the Battle of Bosworth Field and beginning the age of the Tudors) but I’m going to try and do it in chronological order. So I want to make sure that I don’t miss anything out.
To clarify – I’m looking at historical novels that contain attempts at genuine mysteries. I’ll only do one book per series, the earliest one that either a) I haven’t read or b) that the local library has.
In chronological order so far, I have lined up the following series:
- Brother Cadfael – Ellis Peters
- The Domesday Mysteries – Edward Marston
- Adelia Aguilar – Ariana Franklin
- Magdalane la Batarde – Roberta Gellis
- Hawkenlye mysteries – Alys Clare
- Catherine LeVendeur – Sharan Newman
- Crowner John – Bernard Knight
- Justin De Quincy – Sharon Kay Penman
- The Templar Knight Mysteries – Maureen Ash
- Falconer – Ian Morson
- Eleanor of Wynthrope – Priscilla Royal
- Hugh Corbett – Paul Doherty
- Mathilde of Westminster – Paul Doherty
- Baldwin & Puttock – Michael Jecks
- The Name Of The Rose – Umberto Eco
- Matthew Bartholomew – Susanna Gregory
- Owen Archer – Candace Robb
- Brother Athelstan – Paul Doherty
- Sister Frevisse – Margaret Frazer
- Joliffe – Margaret Frazer
- Roger The Chapman – Kate Sedley
- Kathryn Swinbrooke – Paul Doherty
- Bishop Pecock – Margaret Frazer
That’s the lot so far – should keep “Medieval Miscreants” going for a while, but if anyone has any one-off or series to add, please let me know, especially for anything set at the beginning of the age in question – I think Cadfael is the earliest that I can find and I want to try not to miss anything out – and anything between Richard II and the Wars of the Roses. Even if you want to plug your own book, I’ll give it a go!
Thanks in advance for the help!