Top Ten Classic Historical Romance Novels Set in the Medieval Period

I began reading historical romance novels in college. A fan of all things medieval, I was thrilled to find authors like Johanna Lindsey and Jude Deveraux and gobbled up their books in days or less. When life took me away from romance reading (gasp!) I was dismayed to learn years later that medieval romance novels were no longer the rage. I like a Regency-set romance as well as the next gal, but historical romance set in the medieval period is my true kryptonite. For those uninitiated, here are some of the first ones I read and some of my all-time favorites.

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Of course I also write medieval romance now too, so feel free to check out the Border Series, starting with the prequel novella ‘The Ward's Bride' for .99 or free with Kindle Unlimited. And if you read and enjoy one of the books below, give me a shout on social media to let me know!


    1. Avatar Linda Townsend : April 15, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      I would have included Kathleen Woodiwiss’ The Flame and the Flower. My favorite historical romance of all time and the one that ignited my love of historical romances. After I read it, I read The Wolf and the Dove (I’m glad it made your list!) and Shana…

    2. Loved each and every one except Brenda Joyce. My all-time favorite is Julie Garwood’s The Secret, followed closely by The Bride.

      • It’s been years since I’ve read them so I do wonder if a re-read would change my mind. But agree, LOVE The Secret so much. Julie G. is amazing. 🙂

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