Reading List on the Middle Ages

This is a very unscholarly list of books. In fact, it is an assortment of fiction and non-fiction written in, set in or written about the middle ages that I have read and enjoyed. (For the purposes of this list I define the medieval period as pre-Tudor.)


Peter Ackroyd, Foundation: The History of England from Its Earliest Beginnings to the Tudors
James Bryce, The Holy Roman Empire
Frances Gies, Life in a Medieval City
Terry Jones, Medieval Lives
C. S. Lewis, The Discarded Image
Ian Mortimer, The Perfect King: The Life of Edward III, Father of the English Nation
Ian Mortimer, The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the 14th Century
Eileen Power, Medieval Women
Michael Prestwich, Knight: The Medieval Warrior’s Unofficial Manual
Barbara W. Tuchman, A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century
Kathleen Walker-Meikle, Medieval Pets
Alison Weir, The Wars of the Roses
Alison Weir, Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and His Scandalous Duchess

Books Written in the Middle Ages

Giovanni Bocaccio, Decameron
Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales
Dante Alighieri, Inferno
Thomas Malory, Le Morte d’Arthur
Francois Villon, Poems

Books Set in the Middle Ages

Simon Armitage, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Tracy Chevalier, The Lady and the Unicorn
Paul Doherty, The Nightingale Gallery, and the Sorrowful Mysteries of Brother Athelstan
Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco, Baudolino
Susanna Gregory, A Plague on Both Your Houses, and the Matthew Bartholomew murder mysteries
Sharon Kay Penman, The Sunne in Splendour
Ellis Peters, A Morbid Taste for Bones and the rest of the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael
Anya Seton, Katherine