Middle Ages

Medieval//Early Renaissance: 400 A.D. - 1600 A.D.

Who in the World Was the Unready King? The Story of Ethelred by Connie Clark (Nonfiction - 978-1016)

Ibn al-Haytham: The Man Who Discovered How We See by Libby Romero [National Geographic Readers Bios] (Nonfiction - Persia--1011-1021)

The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through three continents in the twelfth century by Uri Shulevitz (1159-1173)

Traveling Man: The Journey of Ibn Battuta by James Rumford [North Africa, Middle East, Asia, China] (Nonfiction--1325-1354)

Pedro's Journal by Pam Conrad [Columbus] (1492-1493)

Walk the World's Rim by Betty Baker (Cabeza de Vaca--1527-1536)

Will's Words: how William Shakespeare changed the way you talk by Jane Sutcliffe (Nonfiction - England--mid to late 16th century)

Life in the Elizabethan Theater by Diane Yancey (Nonfiction - England--mid to late 16th century)

Growing Up in Samurai Japan by Brenda Ralph Lewis (Nonfiction - Japan--16th century)

Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick (Italy--1581/beginning of science career-1642)

The Story of Exploration by Anna Claybourne (from 2270 B.C.-2003 A.D.)

Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker (Greece/Sparta--400s A.D.)

Flame Over Tara by Madeleine Polland (Ireland/St. Patrick--432 A.D.)

Black Horses for the King by Anne McCaffrey (Roman Celts/Saxons--440s A.D.)

The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff (Roman Britain--440s A.D.)

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai: Life in Medieval Africa by Patrick McKissack (Nonfiction - West Africa--500-1700)

The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World by Bryn Barnard (Nonfiction--600s on)

In the Days of Alfred the great by Eva March Tappan (England--849-899)

How Would You Survive in the Middle Ages? by Fiona MacDonald 

In the Days of William the Conqueror by Eva March Tappan (France/England--1066)

The Middle Ages: an interactive history adventure by Allison Lassieur; You Choose Books (1100s-1300s)

A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park (Korea--1100s)

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver by E. L. Konigsburg (England--1137-1204)

The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela: Through three continents in the twelfth century by Uri Shulevitz [picture book, but great info] (1159-1173)

The Hidden Treasure of Glaston by Eleanor M. Jewett (England--1171)

Blood Red Horse by K. M. Grant (Third Crusade--1189-1192)

Sisters of the Sword by Maya Snow (Japan/female samurai--1200s)

Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman (England--1200s)

Blue Flame by K. M. Grant (Languedoc France/Catholics/Cathars--1242)

Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by David Macaulay (England--1252)

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Gray Vining (1294-1295)

The Beduins' Gazelle by Frances Temple (Arabia--1302)

Girl in a Cage by Jane Yolen (Robert the Bruce's daughter Marjorie/Scotland--1306)

The Cure by Sonia Levitin [6th-8th grades] (Time travelBlack Death/antisemitism--1348)

Around the World in a Hundred Years: From Henry the Navigator to Magellan by Jean Fritz (Nautical exploration--1421-1522)

Leonardo da Vinci by Emily Hahn (Nonfiction - Italy--1452-1519)

Children of the Longhouse by Joseph Bruchac (Mohawk territory/modern New York--late 1400s)

The Kite Fighters by Linda Sue Park (Korea--1473)

Before Columbus: The Americas of 1491 by Charles Mann (The Americas until 1491)

The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard (Japan--1500s)

The Second Mrs. Gioconda by E. L. Konigsburg (Florence, Italy--1503)

Secret of the Andes by Ann Nolan Clark (Peru--early 1500s)

Beware, Princess Elizabeth by Carolyn Meyer (England--1533-1603)

The King's Fifth by Scott O'Dell (southwest north America--1540)

The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots by Carolyn Meyer (Scotland/France--1542-1587)

The Amethyst Ring by Scott O'Dell (Mayans, Incans, Spanish--1500s-1600s)

A Murder for Her Majesty by Beth Hilgartner (Elizabethan England--sometime between 1558-1603)

Mosque by David Macaulay (Istanbul/Ottoman Empire--mid to late 1500s)

The Shakespeare Stealer by Gary Blackwood (England--1589-1613)

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization by Salim T. S. Al-Hussani; National Geographic (Nonfiction--600s on)

1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth (before and after the Battle of Hastings/why it mattered--1066)

Wild Orchid: a Retelling of the Ballad of Mulan by Cameron Dokey (China--1100s)

The Outlaws of Sherwood by Robin McKinley (England--1100s)

Genghis: Birth of an Empire by Conn Iggulden [1st in a series] (Monguls--1170s)

Unholy Crusade: The Ransacking of Medieval Constantinople by William Lace (Nonfiction - Fourth Crusade--1203-1204)

Life in the Middle Ages by Frances Gies (Nonfiction - City of Troyes--1250)

The Travels by Marco Polo (Nonfiction - Europe/Asia--1271)

Mansa Musa and the Empire of Mali by P. James Oliver (Nonfiction - Mali/West Africa--early 1300s)

I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade by Diane Lee Wilson (Mongolia--early 1300s)

Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (Europe/Black Death--1346-1353)

The Cure by Sonia Levitin [9th and 10th grades] (Time travelBlack Death/antisemitism--1348)

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (1400--For high schoolers, I suggest the Bantam Classics edition, translated by Peter Beidler--it is a parallel text version with old English on the left-hand pages and a lively modern translation on the right)

1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann (Nonfiction - Americas--1491)

1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C. Mann (Nonfiction -Americas--1493)

Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire by Roger Crowley (Portugal/Trade/Colonialism--1497)

The Samurai's Tale by Erik Christian Haugaard (Japan--1500s)

Doomed Queen Anne: She Risked Everything to Become Queen by Carolyn Meyer (Young Royals - England--1533-1536) 

Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes (Spain--late 1500s)

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