The list author says: "I started this list as I had trouble finding good medieval romances and thought I might help others. Since the medieval period in European history spans from the 5th century to the 15th century, all the books in my list take place during that time period. If you want to focus on Scottish or Viking or Pirate romances, see my other lists for those. I read continually and frequently update my lists so check back often. I only give 4 stars to those that are well written and grab my attention, and I only give 5 stars to those that meet that test and, in addition, I can't put them down and I will read them again--they are "keepers." I created this list only from my 5 and 4 star reviews. See my complete reviews for the full story on each book."
"1st of 2, this sweeps you away from the beginning. Set in 11th century England and Normandy, it tells of William the Conqueror, the bastard duke of Normandy, and Alaric, the bastard Count of Anlou, his faithful knight--and Fallon, the Saxon princess, daughter of King Harold Godwinson who Alaric conquers. Very well done."
"Enthralling saga set in 12th century in the "marcher lands" of what became Wales and England when both were constantly battling. Tells of The Black Dragon, Raine, a knight who rose from dismal beginnings and Arianna, the Welsh princess who hated all Normans. Sweeping saga well told; one of the best out there."
"Set in 1066 after William the Conqueror has won the battle for England, it is the story of Wulfgar ("the Iron Wolf of Normandy") and Aislinn, lady of Darkenwald, who hates him for all the Normans have taken from her. This is a grand tale of the time with treachery and jealousy woven into a tapestry of wonderful characters."
"A real keeper and destined to be a classic. Set in the 12th century it tells of one of King Richard's knights, Gabriel de Vere and Lady Julianna whose husband forces his virgin bride into Gabriel's bed in disguise to produce the heir he cannot. Exceptionally well told with great attention to detail."
"Set in the late 15th century, this is the love story of Isabella of Rushden and Warrick, Lord of Hawkhurst. It is rich in the history of the time leading to the War of the Roses as the battle for the English throne at the death of Edward IV looks like a game of musical chairs. It includes mystery, lies, intrigue and betrayals. Definitely worth the read."
"1st in trilogy (Untamed, Forbidden, Enchanted). This is the story of Lady Margaret of Blackthorne, a Glendruid "witch" and Dominic le Sabre ("the Sword"), a knight who has returned to Scotand to be rewarded by King Henry I for great service in the Middle East with Blackthorne keep, its lands and the Lady Margaret ("Meg")."
"2nd in series, this is the story of a legend and a girl named Amber who is one of the Learned ones and has the gift of discerning truth from falsehood. But anyone's touch causes her pain except when she touches Duncan the Scots Hammer--and her enemy. It's a heart wrenching romance well done by Lowell."
"3rd in series, tells of Simon the Loyal, who takes the Norman bride, Lady Ariane, originally intended for Duncan the Scots Hammer (in Forbidden). Because of a past rape, it matters little to her whether she is wed to Duncan or Simon and she agrees to the trade. Simon, betrayed by a woman while he and Dominic fought as knights, will not risk his heart. A fitting conclusion to the trilogy."
"Prequel to Whitney My Love and Until You, it tells of Royce Westmoreland, the Earl of Claymore (the "Wolf") and Jennifer Merrick, a countess and daughter of the Scottish laird of the Clan Merrick. The Wolf, captures the young girl then shames her in the eyes of two countries but is eventually forced to wed her by the king. A wonderful story that will have you up late at night."
"1st in a wonderful trilogy by the great Marsha Canham set in the time of Richard the Lion Heart and horrible King John. This first one tells of the Black Wolf of Lincoln and Lady Servanne de Briscourt who he steals for ransom on his way to regaining his rightful name and saving a young heir to the throne. You will love these, I promise!"
"Book 2 of the trilogy is the story of the Wolf's cub, Eduard, and his headstrong love, Lady Ariel de Clare, who will not have the man King John has promised her, but has her own plans but even those go awry as her heart is captured by the Wolf's cub, Eduard FitzRandwulf d'Amboise who has been tasked to transport her safely to a prince in Wales. Another great by Canham!"
"3rd in the trilogy is the story of Brenna Wardieu, daughter of the Black Wolf, and the dark Griffyn Renaud who is full of secrets but cannot withstand Brenna who can shoot the long bow ride a knight's warhorse. This one raises the Robin Hood legend and weaves a story that had me racing to follow the action. Simply magical!"
"This is one of Drake's best, right up there with Princess of Fire and Knight of Fire. It's the story of Sir Bryan Stede, a knight of Henry II and his son, Richard the Lion Heart. Set in the late 12th century, Bryan captures Elise, Duches of Montoui, believing her to be a thief. The story is wonderfully complex and features scenes in the Holy Land."
"Set in 12th century England (mostly) in the reign of Richard the Lion Heart and Prince John, it tells of Lord Damien Montjoy, a knight rewarded with the lands of Lady Katherine de Montrain--and the lady. Ah, but there are legends about the forest there...Robin Hood, LIttle John, Lady Greensleeves and the Silver Sword! A dreamy romance with rich characters!"
"1st in a trilogy (with Lord of Temptation and Lord of Seduction), tells the story of a handsome Norman warrior haunted by a betrayal. Once passionate, he is now cold. He is given the lands and castle at Avarlock belonging to the Saxon warrior he defeated, Sir Richard Dumont, and, he given the daughter Lady Brynnafar. A well told love story."
"3rd in trilogy tells of Lady Tanon, raised with summers at King William's court. She is about to be wed to a mean philandering nobleman (who was a bully in her childhood) when another arrives just in time, the Welsh prince, Gareth, a mysterious man, and a seasoned warrior from a the wild country of Wales. A grand tale."
"2nd in the trilogy (with Lord of Desire and Lord of Seduction), set in 11th century England, it tells the story of King William's knight, Lord Dante Risande, who saves the fair Gianelle who he rescues from an allegation of murder and brings her to his castle where he sets her free. A great tale by Quinn!"
"A 14th century romance that takes place in England, Scotland and France, it's the story of Lady Danielle D'Aville, a countess loyal to French King Philip, but the ward of King Edward III of England who betrothes her to his favored knight, Adrien MacLachlan, a proud Scot with his own lands in the Highlands. It's a complex and entertaining story by Drake."
"1st in series of the Graham clan (with Conquer the Night, Seize the dawn, Knight Triumphant, The Lion in Glory, When We Touch and The Queen's Lady not all of which are about knights). This one is set in 12th century Scotland when King David I reigned. It tells of Waryk de Graham and Mellyora MacAdin, lady of the Blue Isle. Neither wants the other and so begins the story of their developing love."
"2nd in series (1st - Come The Morning). Set in 13th century when Alexander of Scotland and Edward of England ruled. It tells of Lady Kyra, betrothed by King Edward to Lord Darrow a cruel man who has massacred the Scots. Before they are married, Sir Arryn attacks the castle and captures both it and Kyra."
"Set in 13th century Scotland and England, it tells the story of the beginning of the Kilgannon family. Both this and the sequel, Rivals for the Crown, are truly excellent historical romances, sweeping sagas that will keep you up at night. A great author!"
"Set in 15th century England during the War of the Roses (when Richard III and Henry Tudor compete for the throne), it tells of Lady Genevieve and Lord Tristan, nobleman and knight, who takes her castle and because of some treachery he takes her as well but has no interest in marrying her even when she becomes pregnant with his bastard child."
"3rd in Graham series set in 13th & 14th century Scotland. Tells of Lady Eleanor of Clarin who is persuaded to marry a French nobleman but on the way to France her ship is seized first by pirates and then by Scottish warriors transporting William Wallace to King Philip. One of the men, Brendan Graham, is the same warrior she wounded on the battlefield at Falkirk."
"Set in the 12th century, this is the story of a Saxon girl, Abrielle, who lives with her mother who married a Norman knight, and Raven Seabern, the son of a Scottish laird and messenger for King David of Scotland. A great historic tale of love conquering different cultures."
"4th in Graham series set in Scotland in the 14th century, tells the continuing story of Eric Graham now an outlaw and a follower of Robert Bruce who has been named king of Scotland but who still battles Edward, king of England. Eric becomes exposed to the plague and is nursed by Lady Igrainia, whose castle he's seized. Forced to wed, they find love. It's aA well told tale."
"5th in the Graham series set in 14th century Scotland tells of the rising power of Robert the Bruce and Sir James ("Jamie") Graham. Lady Christina and her brother Steven of Hamstead Heath have paid tribute to the Bruce before, but Steven is away and she has no funds when Jamie comes to collect. He takes her hostage and the romance develops from there."
"1st in the Viking Haardrad series, this one tells of Garrick, son of a Viking chieftain and Brenna, daughter of a Celtic lord who is captured by his family in a raid that betrayed an agreement with her family. It helps to read this first though I think the 2nd, Hearts Aflame is better."
"Exceptional romance set in the 9th century when Viking invaders headed south to England. Kristen, the loved daughter of a rich Viking merchant warrior, stows away in her brother's ship only to learn he is not going trading but to England to raid. When it goes wrong, she is taken captive and becomes the slave of a powerful Saxon knight lord."
"First in her 14th Century London series and it's a keeper! It takes place when King Edward II ruled and tells of a nobleman/knight and a bondwoman who has loved him since she was 12 and their amazing love. Well told, detailed characters, great historical tapestry--one you won't put down!"
"A time travel story of a medieval knight relocated to his home but in the year 1998. Tells of medieval Christmas traditions before each chapter and also tells a wonderful story of love making the impossible happen."
"First in the trilogy (The Swan Maiden and The Stone Maiden follow) and set in early 14th century Scotland. This one tells of a knight now the outlaw "Border Hawk" who captures a young woman to exchange her for his cousin who is held captive by an evil man. A good read."