Top 10 Tuesday — Merrie Olde England

16 Aug

Thanks to the folks at The Broke And The Bookish for hosting Top 10 Tuesday! This week bloggers are discussing their favorite settings. You can find out more by clicking HERE.



Merrie Olde England — the phrase conjures up gallant knights, fair ladies, courtly love and, of course, Robin Hood. Perhaps more accurately it was a time of wars, disease, superstition and religious persecution. What a treasure trove for authors! For betrayal, intrigue, seductions and treachery you can’t beat the Kings and Queens of England. Here are some of my favorites, in chronological order. Some books deal directly with royalty, others are on the periphery. What novels do you like set during this time period?

Top 10 Books Set in Merrie Olde England

The Angevins


Lionheart by Sharon Kay Penman (Richard I)

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott (Richard I/John)

Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman (John)


The Plantagenets (York & Lancaster)


The Queen’s Secret by Jean Plaidy (Henry V)

The Lady of The Rivers by Philippa Gregory (Henry VI)

Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman (Edward IV/Richard III)

Daughter of Time by Josephine They (Richard III)


The Tudors


The Thistle And The Rose by Jean Plaidy (Henry VII/Henry VIII)

Heretic by Henry Vyner Brooks (Henry VIII)

To Die For by Sandra Byrd (Henry VIII)

The Tudor Secret by C. W. Gortner (Edward VI)

11 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday — Merrie Olde England”

  1. Carrie August 16, 2016 at 7:41 am #

    oh i love the family trees!! And I am ashamed to admit that i have read none of these. Aigh. lol.


    • rbclibrary August 16, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

      I definitely recommend to Die For by Sandra Byrd. It is Christian fiction featuring Anne Boleyn.

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      • Carrie August 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm #

        i only recently learned that she’d written that book! It’s definitely one i want to check out 🙂


      • rbclibrary August 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

        I have Roses Have Thorns on the shelf too. 😉

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  2. Rissi August 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm #

    Aside from Philippa Gregory, I don’t think I’m familiar with any of these authors. Always fun. 🙂


    • rbclibrary August 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm #

      Plaidy and Penman are wonderful. And the one by Tey is a mystery — a hospitalized police detective investigates the case of the two York princes that disappeared to allow Richard III to become king. Very good!


      • Rissi August 18, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

        It sounds very good indeed. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.


  3. thepowerofwords2016 August 16, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

    Beckie, I thoroughly enjoyed your post! This is embarrassing, because for someone who loves British fiction as much as I do, I haven’t read any of these authors – probably because it’s mystery and drama that I love, in settings outside of the rulers. I do believe Josephine Tey is a mystery writer, though. But I do recognize Jean Plaidy and Philippa Gregory because my mom was an avid reader and her bookshelves were filled with many books like these in hardback. Come to think of it, I believe she got me to read a Philippa Gregory once and it was surprisingly good.


    • rbclibrary August 17, 2016 at 7:23 am #

      Plaidy and Penman write historicals with little romantic embellishment (if you know what I mean). Tey’s novel is a mystery. A hospitalized police detective investigates the age old mystery of the missing Princes in the Tower — did Richard III murder them to become king? The point of view goes back and forth between historical and contemporary. I think it is excellent. The Heretic does not involve the royals, yet does show the impact their actions had on the common man. It is a look at the Reformation in England and is contemporary with the whole Anne Boleyn affair. It is written by a British author.


  4. L1v928qRY5XzrmD+uWfci2yFET2fNEB/ZD/utdNgQq4= September 3, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

    Thank you so much for including To Die For!!


    • rbclibrary September 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

      You are very welcome! I need to read the others in the series too. They are in the towering TBR stack! Thanks for stopping by!


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