High Middle Ages Booklist

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Book recommendations pertaining to the High Middle Ages (700-1399).

See Also: Early Medieval (400–699)

700-999

Topics include Charlemagne and Early France, Plantagenet, and the Byzantine Empire

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
Son of CharlemagneWillard, Barbara1959UMG
YA
High Middle Ages781-800EuropeFranceCharlemagneFCB
Norse MythologyGaiman, Neil2017YA
A
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMN
The Saga of Erik the VikingJones, Terry1983UMG
YA
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMN
Riddle of the RunesRamirez, Janina2018UMG
YA
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMCB
D'Aulaires' Book of Norse MythsD'Aulaire, Ingri and Edgar2005LE
MG
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMPB
Way of the WavesRamirez, Janina2019UMG
YA
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMCB
A Child's Introduction to Norse MythologyAlexander, Heather2018LE
MG
High Middle Ages790-1100ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsMPB
Guts & Glory: The VikingsThompson, Ben2016UMGHigh Middle Ages793-1066ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsNFCB
Life as a Viking: An Interactive History AdventureLassieur, Allison2010MGHigh Middle Ages793-1066ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsNFCB
Arthur and the Golden RopeTodd-Stanton, Joe2020LE
MG
High Middle Ages800ScandinaviaIcelandVikingsM
F
PB
GN
You Wouldn't Want to Be a Viking ExplorerLangley, Andrew2001LE
MG
High Middle Ages800Scandinavia
North America
NorwayVikingsNFPB
Odd and the Frost GiantsGaiman, Neil2008MGHigh Middle Ages800ScandinaviaNorwayVikingsF
M
PB
CB
The Well of SacrificeEboch, Chris1999UMG
YA
High Middle Ages800-899Central AmericaGuatemalaMayansNFCB
The Last KingdomCornwell, Bernard2004AHigh Middle Ages867-876EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Pale HorsemanCornwell, Bernard2005AHigh Middle Ages876-878EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Lords of the NorthCornwell, Bernard2006AHigh Middle Ages878-881EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Sword SongCornwell, Bernard2007AHigh Middle Ages886EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Burning LandCornwell, Bernard2009AHigh Middle Ages886EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Death of KingsCornwell, Bernard2011AHigh Middle Ages899-902EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Pagan LordCornwell, Bernard2013AHigh Middle Ages909-910EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Empty ThroneCornwell, Bernard2014AHigh Middle Ages911EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Warriors of the StormCornwell, Bernard2015AHigh Middle Ages917EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
The Flame BearerCornwell, Bernard2017AHigh Middle Ages918EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
War of the WolfCornwell, Bernard2018AHigh Middle Ages920EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
Sword of KingsCornwell, Bernard2019AHigh Middle Ages924EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
War LordCornwell, Bernard2020AHigh Middle Ages937EuropeGreat BritainSaxon Stories
Vikings
FN
What the Eagle SeesYellowhorn, Eldon
Lowinger, Kathy
2019UMG
YA
High Middle Ages982-2019North AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous AmericansNF
OV
CB

1000-1199

Topics include William the Conqueror, the Norman Invasion, and the Crusades

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Road to There: Mapmakers and Their StoriesRoss, Val2003UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1100-2000WorldVariousCartographyNFB
1066 The Year of the ConquestHowarth, David1977YA
A
High Middle Ages1066EuropeGreat BritainNorman InvasionNFB
Queens of the Conquest: England's Medieval QueensWeir, Alison2017AHigh Middle Ages1066-1154EuropeGreat BritainKings and QueensF
Bio
N
Anna of ByzantiumBarrett, Tracy1999UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1081-1118EuropeTurkeyByzantine EmpireF
Bio
CB
A Single ShardPark, Linda Sue2001UMGHigh Middle Ages1100-1199AsiaKoreaMedieval KoreaFCB
A Proud Taste for Scarlet and MiniverKonigsburg, E.L.1973UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1122-1204EuropeGreat BritainKings and QueensF
Bio
CB
Captive Queen: A Novel of Eleanor of AquitaineWeir, Alison2011AHigh Middle Ages1151-1204EuropeFrancePlantagenet DynastyF
Bio
N
Queens of the Crusades: England's Medieval QueensWeir, Alison2021AHigh Middle Ages1154-1291EuropeGreat BritainKings and QueensF
Bio
N
Genghis Khan: 13th-Century Mongolian TyrantGoldberg, Enid A.2008UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1158-1227AsiaChinaGenghis Khan
Mongols
NF
Bio
CB
Genghis Khan The Bravest Warrior Who Bridged East and WestJian, Li2016LEHigh Middle Ages1158-1227AsiaChinaGenghis Khan
Mongols
NF
Bio
PB

1200-1399

Topics include Black Death, Hundred Years War, Medieval Europe, Genghis Khan and Mongol Empire, Ming Dynasty and Great Wall of China

Book TitleAuthorPubDateReading AgeTime PeriodTime FrameGeographic AreaCountryTopicGenreFormat
The Mad Wolf's DaughterMagras, Diane2018MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1210EuropeScotlandScottish History
Medieval Scotland
FCB
The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy DogGidwitz, Adam2016UMGHigh Middle Ages1242EuropeFranceMedieval LifeHFCB
CathedralMacaulay, David1973LE
MG
High Middle Ages1252EuropeFranceMedieval Life
Building
Cathedrals
FPB
The Adventures of Marco PoloFreedman, Russell2006LE
MG
High Middle Ages1254-1324EuropeItaly
China
ExplorersNF
Bio
PB
Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!Schlitz, Laura Amy2007MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1255EuropeGreat BritainMedieval LifeFCB
CastleMacaulay, David1977LE
MG
High Middle Ages1277-1305EuropeGreat BritainMedieval Life
Castles
Building
FPB
Castle DiaryPlatt, Richard1999MGHigh Middle Ages1285EuropeGreat BritainCastles
Medieval Life
FCB
The Apple and the ArrowBuff, Mary and Conrad1951MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1291EuropeSwitzerlandWilliam TellFCB
PeacemakerBruchac, Joseph2021MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1300North AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous Americans
Iroquois Nation
F
Bio
CB
I Rode a Horse of Milk White JadeWilson, Diane Lee2010UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1300-1399AsiaChinaMongoliaFCB
The Door in the Wallde Angeli, Marguerite1949MG
UMG
High Middle Ages1300-1399EuropeGreat BritainMedieval LifeFCB
Hiawatha and the PeacemakerRobertson, Robbie2015MG
LE
High Middle Ages1300North AmericaUnited StatesIndigenous Americans
Iroquois Nation
F
Bio
PB
A Distant MirrorTuchman, Barbara W.1978YA
A
High Middle Ages1300-1399EuropeVariousMedieval LifeNFB
Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval EnglandWeir, Alison2005AHigh Middle Ages1303-1358EuropeGreat Britain
France
Queen IsabellaF
Bio
N
Girl in a CageYolen, Jane
Harris, Robert J.
2002UMG
YA
High Middle Ages1306-1307EuropeScotland
Great Britain
Middle Ages
Scottish History
FCB
The Aztec Empire: An Interactive History AdventureRaum, Elizabeth2012MGHigh Middle Ages1350-1521North AmericaMexicoAztecsNFCB
You Wouldn't Want to Work on a Medieval CathedralMacdonald, Fiona2013LE
MG
High Middle Ages1370-1379EuropeGreat BritainMedieval Cathedrals
Building
NFPB
Mistress of the Monarchy: The Life of Katherine Swynford, Duchess of LancasterWeir, Alison2007AHigh Middle Ages1378-1403EuropeGreat Britain
France
Katherine SwynfordF
Bio
N
You Wouldn't Want to Be an Inca MummyHynson, Colin2007LE
MG
High Middle Ages1399–1500South AmericaPeruMedieval Peru
Mummies
NFPB
A Medieval FeastAliki1983LEHigh Middle Ages1399EuropeGreat BritainMedieval LifeNFPB

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List of abbreviations:
Reading Age Genre Format
LE = lower elementary
MG = middle grade (8-12 yrs.)
UMG = upper-middle grade (11-14 yrs.)
YA = young adult (14+)
A = adult (18+)
NF - non fiction
F = fiction
Bio = biography
HF = historical fantasy
AH = alternate history
OV - own voices
M = mythology
S = spine book
PB = picture book
GN = graphic novel
ER = early reader
CB = chapter book
B = book (NF)
N = novel