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Socials 8 - Historical Fiction


  • A general "KEYWORD SEARCH" Search for "HISTORICAL FICTION" will result in all historical novels that fit this genre / category.  
  • For fiction on a specific era (time period), you should conduct a "KEYWORD SEARCH", or a "SUBJECT BROWSE" search for terms such as:
    • Middle Ages Fiction 
    • Renaissance Fiction 
    • Roman Empire Fiction 
    • Vikings Fiction, etc.  
  • You can also indicate a specific country.  For example:
  • Or you can also browse through the fiction shelves and paperback spinners for books with hourglass sticker on the spine label.
    Books with the historical fiction labels, will also have the time period, the specific dates and/or the country written on the bottom edge of the book.  
  • If you can't find what you are looking for in our library, remember to check the Vancouver Public Library Catalogue


This is not a definitive list because we are constantly adding titles to the collection.   For a full record of resources, consult VSB LIBRARY. 

The list is organized by Era or Century, and then arranged alphabetically by title.    

Ancient Ocean Blues / Jack Mitchell - Short Stories
Eagle in the Ninth Chronicles / Sutcliff  [55 BC - 149 AD] 
      - 3 books in one:  The Eagle, The Silver Branch, The Lantern Bearers
Gladiator: Fight for Freedom / Simon Scarrow
The Roman Conspiracy / Jack Mitchell [65 AD - 62 AD]
The Silver Branch (Book 2 in the Eagle Sequence) / Sutcliff [55 BC - 449 AD]
The Lantern Bearers (Book 3 in the Eagle Sequence)  Sutcliff [55 BC - 449 AD] 

Catla and the Vikings / Mary Elizabeth Nelson [1066]
Sea of Trolls / Nancy Farmer
Viking Warrior: Denmark A.D. 845 / Judson Roberts
Whale Road / Robert Low

Anna of Byzantium / Barrett
Arthur Series by Kevin Crossley-Holland
       Book 1:  At the Crossing Places
       Book 2:  The Seeing Stone
Belle's Song / K.M. Grant
Bloodline Rising / Katy Moran
Book of the Maid Servant / by Barnhouse
Book of Tormod: Templar's Apprentice / Kat Black
Book Without Words / Avi
Catherine Called Birdy / Karen Cushman
City of Secrets / Mary Hoffman
City of Ships / Mary Hoffman
Crispin Series by Avi
      Book 1: The Cross of Lead
      Book 2: At the Edge of the World  
      Book 3: The End of Time   
Crusade / Laird 
Crusades Series by Karleen Bradford - Do not have to be read in order!
     Book 3: The Lionheart's Scribe
     Book 4: The Scarlet Cross
The Cure / Levithan
An earthly knight / McNaughton
Falconer's Knot / Hoffman
Here Lies Arthur / Reeve, Philip
Heretics Secret Series by John Wilson
      Book 1: The Crusade
      Book 2:  The Grail
Hunchback of Notre-Dame / Hugo, Victor
Invanhoe / Scott   (For an Advanced Reader)
Mathilda Bone / Cushman
Midwife's Apprentice / Karen Cushman
Patience, Princess Catherine / Meyer [1485-1509]
Perfect Fire Trilogy by K.M. Grant
     Book 1:  Blue Flame  [1242]
     Book 2:  White Heat [1226-1270]
     Book 3:  Paradise Red [1226 - 1270]
Physician's Tale / Benson, Ann
The Pillars of the Earth / Follett
Scarlet Cross / Bradford
Youngest Templar Series by Michael Spradlin
      Book 1:  Keeper of the Grail
      Book 2:  Trail of Fate
      Book 3:  Orphan of Destiny 

RENAISSANCE [1500s / 16th Century]

These titles span both the Middle Ages & The Renaissance periods. Check with your teacher before selecting one of these titles.

Alcehmist's Daughter / Kernaghan [ 587 - 1603]
Alchemy and Meggy Swann / Karen Cushman [1558 - 1603]
Assassin's Creed: The Brotherhood / Oliver Bowden
Beware, Princess Elizabeth / Carolyn Meyer [1533 - 1603]
Bloody Tower / Valerie Wilding 
Burning Time / Carol Matas
Constant Princess / Philippa Gregory [1509 - 1547]
Doomed Queen Anne / Carolyn Meyer [1507 - 1536]
Falling for Henry / Beverley Brenna
Mary, Bloody Mary / Carolyn Meyer [1553 - 1558]
Queen's Own FoolL a novel of Mary Queen of Scots / Jane Yolen & Robert J. Harris
Second Mrs. Gioconda / E.L. Konigsburg  [1452 - 1580]
Shakespeare Stealer / Blackwood [England - 1564 - 1616]
The Smile / Donna Jo Napoli
Sword in Her Hand / Rijckeghem & Beirs
Will Sparrow's Road / Karen Cushman [1558 - 1603]
World Without End / Follett  [Advanced Read]


Yes, even for this assignment you will need to include a Works Cited page (i.e. a list of the resources used in your assignment).

Follow the format outlined in the "How To" section of the library website for

"Citing Resources - MLA style".

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