I've just read The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory and loved it. I'm now searching for something else so any recommendations would be great. (I've read nearly everything by Alison Weir, also excellent.) Thanks
You could try the Sharon Penman novels - she does a great Wars of the Roses series, plus earlier periods too. As many have said before, her York novel The Sunne in Splendour is fab. Enjoy! PS - Ken Follett's books are also interesting
Try Elizabeth Chadwick's The Greatest Knight: The Story of William Marshal and the follow up The Scarlet Lion its has history from Henry II and Eleanor, Richard !, King John, it has romance and they are first class. I actually cried at the end of the last book - every lady would want William Marshall for their protector/lover/husband,father to their children. Whata marvellours man he truly was.
Like Whizz1 above, Sharon Penman's The Sunne in Splendour is excellent and she takes a sympathetic slant to Richard III which is a refreshing change from the usual hump-backed murderer of his nephews. Did he really do it? This novel may make you change your opinion of Richard. An excellent book.
Also try Deryn Lake's The King's Women all about the French court, Joan of Arc during Henry V's invasion of Agincourt. Not all about the battle mostly the intrigues and romances, political backstabbings etc.
I agree, these are superb reads especially The Greatest Knight, he was indeed a truly great and courageous man, think I will start and read it again as its some time since and I do tend to rush my books and find when I reread them theres lots I have missed.
The best historical novel I have ever read,Julie. Anya Seton, although an American researched her subject so thoroughly that Katherine became real flesh andy blood to me. A real historical personage to be sure as the grandmother of Henry V11, I knew nothing of her story and the Love affair with John of Gaunt, so it was a revelation to me which sent me on a search for everything there was to know. Now I'm a lot wiser and richer for the knowledge, and all thanks to Anya Seton. Her other books, Dragonwyk, Devil Water etc are pretty much as good in their own way, and well worth reading. Patrick Aydon