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Posted: March 12 2016 at 8:02pm | IP Logged Quote Erica Sanchez

I know I could look this up, but what are your top Medieval book recommendations for a high school literature and history course? My plan for my junior is to read a bunch of good literature and possibly do a few papers. Ideally, he reads 10 books, 1 per month. He's read Murder in the Cathedral.

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Posted: March 13 2016 at 10:17pm | IP Logged Quote guitarnan

What time frame do you consider to be medieval? And, do you want the authors to be from medieval times, or do you want the setting/story to be in medieval times?

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Posted: March 14 2016 at 3:33pm | IP Logged Quote CrunchyMom

Have you seen the syllabus Sally Thomas put together a few years ago? http://abandonhopefully.blogspot.com/2013/05/western-civ-2-p reliminary-reading-and.html

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Posted: March 14 2016 at 7:46pm | IP Logged Quote Erica Sanchez

Good question, Nancy. Both, I guess?? I'll come back later after I check some of the titles from Kolbe and MODG for this time period which I will also try to figure out.

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I just now checked out Sally's syllabus and have to say, I wish I could read faster
There is so much I haven't read.

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I'd check out RC History's booklists as they cover literature as well as nonfiction. The book _For the Love of Literature _ is also a good source.

A good starting point could be reading about the relevant time period in the public domain book _English Literature_ by H.E. Marshall.   It's quite a readable history of English Literature with plenty of excerpts and is available in a number of ebook formats through Heritage History, including printable PDF.   I recommend it to get a feel for what existed back then in what is now England and surrounding areas.
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Have you looked at Bethlehem books? I think we have read them all and never went wrong.

Editing to add my son's recommendations all from Bethlehem books.

Alfred of Wessex
The Lost Baron
Big John's Secret

He said that Rolf and the Viking Bow and Red Falcons of Tremoine are good but might be too young for your son.

I personally liked Spring Tide; he thought it was slow.
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