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Crusades, Plagues, and the Middle Age

This Historical Fiction list is full of all things Middle Ages! The Crusades, The Black Death and the Plagues, and of course Knights. Stories and adventures that takes place from 500-1500.

The Apprentice's Masterpiece

A Story of Medieval Spain

Melanie Little (2008)

It's the Spanish Inquisition, and agents of oppression grow deadly for two teens. Under the zealous Christian Queen Isabella, the country abruptly becomes one of the most murderously intolerant places on Earth. Ages 12+.

Run Far, Run Fast

Timothy Decker (2007)

The Pestilence has arrived. Travelling from village to castle, castle to countryside, in search of shelter, but wherever she turns, the Pestilence has already appeared. Scared and tired, she finally meets a stranger who knows something of this plague. Ages 12+.


Year of the Journey

Kathleen McDonnell (2006)

In a world where thousands are dying over matters of religion, where do you go? What do you believe? Who do you put your own faith in? Based on a true story of a peaceful crusade in 1212 led by children of different faiths, this book traces the lives of three characters as they try to find answers to these persistent questions. Ages 13+.

Blood Red Horse

K. M. Grant (2005)

A special horse named Hosanna changes the lives of two English brothers and those around them as they fight with King Richard I against Saladin's armies during the Third Crusades. Ages 11+.

Blue Flame

K. M. Grant (2008)

Many years have passed since the death of Richard the Lionheart, and the battle to keep the Blue Flame--sparked at the moment of Christ's death--from falling into the wrong hands. But a new religious crusade is about to begin, setting boy against girl, family against family, neighbour against neighbour, south against north. Ages 13+.

Trail of Fate

Michael P. Spradlin (2009)

In the Middle Ages, three unlikely companions work together to protect the Holy Grail as they travel across France toward England, a journey that takes them to the Cathar fortress of Montségur. Second book in the Series, Ages 11-.

My Fair Godmother

Janette Rallison (2009)

Savannah wants to find the perfect prom date after her boyfriend breaks up with her, but when a godmother who is only fair becomes involved, Savannah finds herself in trouble in the Middle Ages, along with a boy who would like to be her charming prince. Ages 11+.

William and the Lost Spirit

Gwen de Bonneval - Graphic Novel (2013)

William knows his father is dead. Everyone knows it . . . everyone except William's sister, who hears him calling to her. Despite William's warnings, she disappears in the night to find their father. To find his sister, William must travel through dangerous forests swarming with bandits. Ages 12+.

The Wicked and the Just

Jillian Anderson Coats (2012)

It is 1293 and Cecily’s father is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the "vicious" Welshmen, in medieval Wales. Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress. Ages 12+.

Belle's Song

K. M. Grant (2011)

In 1387, fifteen-year-old Belle joins Geoffrey Chaucer, his scribe Luke, squire Walter, and others on a pilgrimage from London to Canterbury to atone and pray for a cure for her father's crippling injury, but political intrigue threatens them all. Ages 12+.

The Book of the Maidservant

Rebecca Barnhouse (2009)

In 1413, a young maidservant accompanies her deeply religious mistress, Dame Margery Kempe, on a pilgrimage to Rome.

Shakespeare's Scribe

Gary L. Blackwood (2000)

In plague-ridden 1602 England, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy, who has become an apprentice actor, goes on the road with Shakespeare's troupe, and finds out more about his parents along the way. Ages 12+.

The Redheaded Princess

A Novel

Ann Rinaldi (2008)

In 1542, nine-year-old Lady Elizabeth lives on an estate near London, striving to get back into the good graces of her father, King Henry VIII, and as the years pass she faces his death and those of other close relatives until she finds herself next in line to ascend the throne of England in 1558. Ages 13+.

Duchessina, A Novel of Catherine De Medici

Carolyn Meyer (2007)

While her tyrannical family is out of favour in Italy, young Catherine de Medici is raised in convents, then in 1533, when she is fourteen, her uncle, Pope Clement VII, arranges for her marriage to prince Henri of France, who is destined to become king. Ages 12+.

The Falconer's Knot

Mary Hoffman (2007)

Sixteen-year-old Silvano da Montacuto has it all, but when a man is murdered in his town, Silvano's bloody dagger is found, and he is accused of the crime. Murder seems to follow Silvano, and soon several other dead bodies turn up. Who is committing the crimes? Ages 13+.


Philippa Gregory (2012)

In 1453, Luca is accused of heresy and expelled from his monastery. Recruited to help investigate evil across Europe he frees Isolde and together they seek the one who defends the boundaries of Christendom and holds the secrets of the Order of Darkness.


Lisa Tawn Bergren (2011)

The Bentarrini sisters are stuck in Italy every summer with their archaeologist parents, and for them Italy is boring! Until Gabi ends up in the 14th century. A world filled with knights, horses, armour, and swords.

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