Friday, 1 August 2008

Medieval Challenge


The challenge runs between 8th August 2008 and 8th February 2009.

You therefore have 6 months to complete this challenge.
You can join anytime.

There are three levels to choose from for the challenge
You choose which level you want to do.
Crossovers with other challenges allowed / encouraged.
Choose from modern Medieval novels, classic texts, plays or non-fiction books ... you can even watch a Medieval based film as one of your choices!

1: Serf
* 'Read' 3 Medieval texts

2. Gentry

* 'Read' 5 Medieval texts

3. Royalty
* 'Read' 6 Medieval texts

Of course you can read as much as you like during the challenge!

To join the challenge
Email me and leave your name and blog address (if you have one) and email address (will not be published) at: holisticknitter (at) uk2 (dot) net
You will then receive an email inviting you to join the challenge and post your aims / reviews here on this blog.

What is Medieval
In the UK the Medieval period is generally thought of between the succession of the English king Edward the Confessor in 1042 to the end of Edward III reign in 1377. However for the purpose of this challenge the European historical period from the 5th to the 16th century (400–1500) can be used - commonly known as the Middle Ages.

Books and Films

Classic Medieval Literature
These could include: Chaucer's Canterbury tales, Medieval Mystery Plays, The Mabinogion, Beowulf, Le Morte d'Arthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Dante's Divine Comedy, etc.
More information here and here

Modern Medieval Novels
These include novels by Ellis Peters, Sharon Kay Penman, Anita Mills, Thomas B. Costain, Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and many more.
A good link to a list of novels set in Medieval times is here
Arthurian novel list here
Medieval mystery novel list here

Non-fiction books on Medieval times / authors
These can be biographies of authors such as Chaucer, or books about the Medieval period.
Some examples include:
Medieval Women: A Social History of Women in England 450-1500 (Women In History) by Henrietta Leyser Women's Lives in Medieval Europe by Emilie Amt
Women and Writing in Early Europe by Carolyne Larrington
Medieval Britain: A Very Short Introduction by John Gillingham and Ralph A. Griffiths
Castle: A History of Buildings That Shaped Medieval Britain by Marc Morris
Eleanor of Aquitaine by Alison Weir
Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England by Alison Weir
Queen Isabella: Treachery, Adultery, and Murder in Medieval England (Paperback) by Alison Weir
Life in a Medieval Village by Frances Gies and Joseph Gies
The Oxford History of Medieval Europe by George Holmes
Terry Jones' Medieval Lives by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira

Films set in Medieval Times
There are lots of films set in Medieval times.
Just a few of my favourite are: Beoulf and Grendle; 13th Warrior; A Knight's Tale; Monty Python an the Holy Grail; the Name of The Rose; Timeline;

Here are a few links to Medieval Times
Inside the Medieval Mind (BBC series).
Take the BBC Medieval quiz here
Guide To Medieval Britain (Channel 4 series)
Medieval Women Rulers
Medieval English Kings


seashellg said...

Hi Lynda, Looks like I am going to read as a Serf. My first choice is: Mandrake Broom by Jess Wells. I can't wait to escape to a different time. Thanks, Shelley.

Dani said...

I am going to read Royalty
thanks for this Challenge

Intergalactic Bookworm said...

I am going to try the Royalty level. I like all kinds of eras in history. My blog address is: Judy

Anonymous said...

I wasn't going to do this one but can't pass it up. Due to the late date that I joining I will be reading as a Serf, which is where I fit in the socioeconomic level anyway. My blog is at

Anonymous said...

I just finished my first book and will be writing a review tonight. However, I am having a problem with the button. What is the code for it?

retroredux said...

Hi there,
I hope you run this challenge again, I'd really like to participate:) I'm sorry I found out about it too late to join:( You have a great blog:) Laura

zetor said...

As there are only a few weks left, so I am going to read 3 books.
The first is 'The Mistress of the Art of Death' by Ariana Franklin.
Then 'The Raven in the Foregate' by Ellis Peters.
My last will probably be 'The Nun's Chapel' by Candace Robb.
Happy reading !