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What? Have a love of mysteries? Wish we could go back to the good ol’ days of the Bubonic Plague? Then this is the reading list for you. Murder mysteries from the 8th century to the 14th century. Read about a Knight Templar hiding who he is but still trying to do the right thing, the local Crowner (coroner) trying to overcome local corruption and discover who the unidentified body is, to a Physician trying to discover who was murdered while trying to survive the start to the Black Death. So, how were murders solved before DNA and fingerprinting? These stories will take you on the journey to figure that out. 

The books listed are mostly the first story in the series with the one exception being the book by Umberto Eco. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed reading them.

The last templarThe Last Templar

by Michael Jecks

What to do if you are a Knights Templar and on the run from the Pope? Why, move to England and help solve mysteries.

Image result for absolution murder tremayneAbsolution by Murder

by Peter Tremayne

Sister Fidelma (Irish and advocate of the Brehon Courts) and Brother Eadulf (East Anglican) help solve a murder that could have repercussions between the Celtic and Roman Christian churches.

The Sanctuary SeekerThe Sanctuary Seeker

by Bernard Knight

When an unidentified body is found in the village of Widecombe, Crowner (coroner) John is eager to assume his new duties. However, the corrupt sheriff, Richard de Revelle, erects numerous stumbling blocks to the investigation.

A plague on both your housesA Plague on Both Your Houses

by Susanna Gregory

Physician Matthew Bartholomew must find who has murdered a man and pinned him to a waterwheel while the Black Death begins to afflict the population of his town.

Image result for falconer's crusade morsonFalconer's Crusade

by Ian Morson

If thirteenth-century Oxford University had an Inspector Morse, he would be Regent Master William Falconer - daringly progressive teacher, Aristotelian philosopher, amateur sleuth. Read on as our hero is drawn into a world of heresy, magic and sudden, ferocious violence.

Company of liarsCompany of Liars

by Karen Maitland

In 1348, as the Black Plague holds England in its grip, nine strangers attempt to outrun death. Each member has their own story to tell and each has a secret.

A morbid taste for bones: the first chronicle of Brother Cadfael, of the Benedictine Abbey of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, at ShrewsburyA Morbid Taste for Bones

by Ellis Peters

The year is 1137 and Brother Cadfael is travelling to Wales to help accquire the Holy Remains of Saint Winifred for his Benedictine's order. The mystery begins when an opponent is shot dead with a mysterious arrow, maybe shot by St. Winifred herself.

The name of the roseThe Name of the Rose

by Umberto Eco

Franciscans in a wealthy Italian abbey are suspected of heresy, and Brother William of Baskerville arrives to investigate.  When his delicate mission is suddenly overshadowed by seven bizarre deaths, Brother William turns detective.

The apothecary rose : a medieval mystery​The Apothecary Rose

by Candace Robb

Set in the year of 1363. Follow the adventures of spy Owen Archer as he tries to solve two murders for the Archbishop of York. He disguises himself as an apprentice to the Master Apothecary to see what he can learn.

The last kingdom : a novelThe Last Kingdom

by Bernard Cornwell

In the middle years of the ninth century, the fierce Danes stormed onto British soil, hungry for spoils and conquest. Kingdom after kingdom fell to the ruthless invaders until but one realm remained. And suddenly the fate of all England--and the course of history--depended upon one man, one king.

Mistress of the art of deathMistress of the Art of Death

by Ariana Franklin

To help solve the murder, blamed on the Jewish neighbors, of four children, King Henry II sends to his cousin the King of Sicily for help. He sends one of his finest: Master of the Art of Death (nowadays, a medical examiner). But really this master is a Mistress by the name of Adelia. She will face many challenges along the way.


by C.J. Sansom

Having worked to establish laws that protect the interests of the crown, Henry VIII's feared vicar-general, enlists fellow reformer and lawyer Matthew Shardlake to investigate a commissioner's murder, which may be tied to an impending rebellion.

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