Pre 1500's historical fiction




  • Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander (fantasy)
  • Anna of Byzantium by Tracey Barrett - In the eleventh century the teenage princess Anna Comnena fights for her birthright, the throne to the Byzantine Empire, which she fears will be taken from her by her younger brother John because he is a boy.
  • John Bellairs', THE TROLLEY TO YESTERDAY, reading level=3-6; interest level 6. ( I found several in which the reading level was appropriate, but not the interest level.) Summary : Time travel to Constantinople of 1453 and Egypt 14 BC. Main character, 13 yr. old boy tries to help during the Turkish invasion of Constantinople. "Gives sense of battle coupled with whimsy of time travel."
  • A string in the harp by Nancy Bond (6th century, Wales)
  • Bosse, Malcolm CAPTIVES OF TIME
  • Fire, Bed and Bone by Henrietta Branford is Wat Tyler's Rebellion told by a dog.
  • series by J. H. Brennan of books about Shiva: A girl of the ice age.
  • His Majesty, Queen Hatshepsut by Dorothy Sharp Carter (1503-1482 B.C., Egypt);
  • Cushman, Karen CATHERINE, CALLED BIRDY
  • The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman.
  • BOY IN THE PAINTED CAVE BY JUSTIN DENZEL (C1988)
  • Dorris, Michael. MORNING GIRL
  • Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman (part farce)
  • an ancient Greek story: _Fair Wind for Troy_ by Doris Gates Adam of the Road by Gray
  • Anpao by Jamake Highwater. It's a Native American myth--absolutely fantastic! All about a boy--Anpao--and his quest to find his father. The ONLY flaw to the book is the chapter called "Deer Woman"......bizarre and unnecessary, has NOTHING to do with the plot. We skipped over that chapter. EVERYTHING else is great.
  • Kirwan, Anna JULIET : A DREAM TAKES FLIGHT, ENGLAND, 1339 (GIRLHOOD JOURNEYS)
  • Konigsburg, E. L. A PROUD TASTE FOR SCARLET AND MINEVER
  • Laker, Rosalind CIRCLE OF PEARLS
  • Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. Cinderella's earlier years. Ever wonder why she was so obedient to her stepmother and evil stepsisters? This book will tell you why. Good, solid, clear-thinking heroine, with just enough mix of obedience, mischief, and intellegence. Highly recommended!
  • White Falcon by Hilda Lewis, probably not in print any more.
  • "Black Horses for the King" by Anne McCaffery. A young boy helps a new leader gather horses for a future move to unite England. (King Arthur). I enjoyed it and recommended it to our 6th grade.
  • Hero and the Crown by McKinley
  • Merino, Jose Maria THE GOLD OF DREAMS
  • Napoli, Donna Jo ZEL
  • Master Puppeteer by Katherine Paterson (set in medieval Japan)
  • Of nightingales that weep by Katherine Paterson (1180-1185, Japan);
  • Parzival by Katherine Paterson
  • Try the Brother Cadfael mystery series by Ellis Peters. They are about a monk who solves mysteries in the 1100s. They are pretty interesting, relatively fast paced, and have also been turned into a series on PBS's Mystery show.
  • Ransom for a knight by Barbara Leonie Picard
  • Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle.
  • Black Arrow by Robert Louis Stevenson (exciting but a bit long)
  • Bartholomew Fair by Stolz
  • Sutcliffe, Rosemary THE SHINING COMPANY
  • The Ramsay Scallop by Francis Temple.
  • Thomas, Dawn C. Gill KAI : A MISSION FOR HER VILLAGE, AFRICA, 1440 (GIRLHOOD JOURNEYS)
  • Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Twain
  • Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray
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* Jan Wahl How the Children Stopped the War (Children's Crusade)
  • Parcels of Patterns by Jill Patton Walsh,
  • "Detectives in Togas" by Henry Winterfield.
  • Battle for the Castle by Elizabeth Winthrop is along the lines of Indian in the Cupboard, if time escape devices help.
  • The Dragon's Boy by Jane Yolen, Harper 1990, 120 p. Lots of recommending reviews.
  • Jane Yolen/Passager, Hoby, Merlin trilogy.