Medieval/darks ages suggestions please

(12 Posts)
TheOneWithTheNameChange Tue 05-Feb-13 22:14:00

I'd like to read a good book about this era, either focused on culture or a kind chronological (character led) overview of the period. I love novels about this period, but would like to have a better understanding of the time from a factual perspective

Any suggestions gratefully received!

TheOneWithTheNameChange Tue 05-Feb-13 22:14:24

Dark not darks... Sorry

Ian Mortimer - the time traveller's guide to Medieval England.

Sounds boring, but is easy, informative guide that covers everything ..

JustinMumsnot Tue 05-Feb-13 22:18:39

What have you read? Elizabeth Chadwick's more recent titles are excellent (Scarlet Lion, To Defy a King) and also anything by Sharon Penman. But a great and very readable non-fiction overview of the period is The Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England by Ian Mortimer.

saycheeeeeese Tue 05-Feb-13 22:19:23

Karen Maitland, brilliant!

JustinMumsnot Tue 05-Feb-13 22:20:51

I see I'm not the only one to like Mortimer!
The classic book about medieval Europe is Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror which gives a more European perspective.

TheOneWithTheNameChange Tue 05-Feb-13 22:25:27

Brilliant. Thank you!

NicknameTaken Mon 11-Feb-13 12:10:58

AD500 by Simon Young - very funny and eye-opening.

CMOTDibbler Mon 11-Feb-13 12:12:55

I've really enjoyed the Sister Fidelma books by Peter Tremayne

KatherineKrupnik Mon 11-Feb-13 22:26:00

The Black Death by John hatcher is quite good.

Pinkbatrobi Tue 12-Feb-13 10:27:33

If you haven't read it yet, Katherine, by Anya Seton. A classic fictionalised but based on real documents and facts. I loved it!!!

www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/0340839880/ref=mp_s_a_1?qid=1360664731&sr=8-1&pi=SL75

lilacrose Tue 12-Feb-13 22:55:36

Letters of the Queens of England 1100-1547 by Anne Crawford

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