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Time to explore Medieval Times with Living Books!

How do you turn your kids who show some slight interest in History to those who LOVE it?

Read, read and read!  Read together - and encourage reading on their own.

This Homeschooling Resources page is written to help you plan and design your study of the Early Middle Ages. The literature books cover Early Briton and Europe, The Byzantines, the Vikings, The Crusades roughly in that order.



Historical Fiction Read Aloud Books for the whole family

54311: Beautiful Feet Books: Leif the Lucky Beautiful Feet Books: Leif the Lucky
By Ingri D'Aulaire / Beautiful Feet Books

A thousand years ago when the Vikings roamed the seas, led by their Norse gods, there lived a man in Norway called Erik the Red. He was able and strong but his temper was wild, and after a fight he was banned from Norway. So he sailed to Iceland. There he built a farm, found a wife, and lived in peace for a while. But then he began to quarrel and fight again, and it wasn't long before he had to flee from Iceland, too. Now Erik sailed off into the unknown sea toward the setting sun, and there behind a wall of ice he found a new land... Erik the Red had three sons. The one was called Torstein, the second Torvald, and the third was called Leif. And this is the story of Leif, Erik's son, who sailed with his father to Greenland, and who later sailed still farther west and found there the continent of America. Originally published in 1941, this oversized book is beautifully illustrated. Recommended for ages 4 to 11.

Favorite Medieval Tales by Mary Pope Osbourne - beautifully illustrated and contains nine tales of Medieval Europe including Finn Maccoul, Beowulf, The Song of Roland, Chanticleer and The Sword in the Stone.

37302X: Son of Charlemagne, Living History Library Son of Charlemagne, Living History Library
By Barbara Willard / Bethlehem Books

This telling of Charlemagne's life is told through the view of one of Charlemagne's sons, Carl. The story gives a more personal insight into the family and private life of one of the most important people in founding the Holy Roman Empire. Through Carl's tale of struggling with the honor of being named his father's heir over the eldest son, Pepin, readers can find insight into the founding of Christendom. Barbara Willard, softcover, 183 pages.
37019X: The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
By Allen French / Bethlehem Books

After Hiarandi is unjustly slain, his sixteen-year-old son Rolf is made outlaw by the same murderous neighbors. Rolf flees Iceland with his faithful cousin Frodi, only to be enslaved in the Orkneys by proud Grani. However, when the marauding baresarks arrive, master and slave alike must fight for their lives-and Rolf is the only man who can string the mighty Viking bow. Allen French's tale of Iceland told in the classic saga form, is an exciting story of Christian versus pagan values, forgiveness versus pride. The way Rolf comes to terms with his enemies in the face of injustice creates a suspenseful, thought-provoking book dificult to put down. By the author of "The Red Keep". Ages 10 and up.
0227793: The Door in the Wall The Door in the Wall
By Marguerite DeAngeli / Random House, Inc

Ever since he can remember, Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman: he must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin's destiny is changed in one stroke; he falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him. Saved by Brother Luke, a friar, he teaches Robin how to swim and carve wood, about patience and strength, telling Robin that he must "find the door in the wall" to overcome his challenges. Winner of the 1950 Newbery Medal.
475950: Wulf the Saxon Wulf the Saxon
By G. A. Henty / Dover Publications

From the creator of exciting, historically accurate fiction for young readers comes this tale of loyalty and courage in 11th-century Britain. Wulf and his best friend, Beorn, fight bravely for their Saxon king - capturing castles, rescuing shipwrecked survivors, repelling Viking invaders, and fighting the Battle of Hastings.
117055: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
By Howard Pyle / Tantor Media Inc.

In Merry England, in the time of old when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest near Nottingham Town a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood. No archer ever lived that could speed a gray goose shaft with such skill and cunning as his, nor were there ever such yeomen as the sevenscore merry men that roamed with him through the greenwood shades.

He stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and in so doing became an undying symbol of virtue. But most important, Robin Hood and his band of merry men offer young audiences more than enough adventure and thrills to keep them listening intently. Filled with action, villains, and surprises, who could resist the arrows flying, danger lurking, and medieval intrigue?
205B: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
By Howard Pyle / Edcon Publishing Group

Robin Hood has killed one of the king's men. He hides out in the forest and is now known as an outlaw. This will be his home for many years to come. Looking for something exciting to do, Robin takes a walk. On the way, he meets a man, Little John and he joins Robin's band of merry men on their many adventures. This book is designed to be used for homeschooling or supplemental work for second grade readers. Each section contains a short story based on Robin Hood, vocabulary words and definitions, comprehension and vocabulary activities. Contains ten lessons and comprehension, vocabulary and pronunciation answer keys.
870662: In Freedom"s Cause In Freedom's Cause
By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

The stirring tale of the Scottish War of Independence! Full of "'scapes" and wild adventure, follow along as our hero fights under Wallace and Bruce. 408 pages, softcover.

History Living Books - Middle Ages - Years 1-4

Favorite Medieval Tales by Mary Pope Osbourne - beautifully illustrated and contains nine tales of Medieval Europe including Finn Maccoul, Beowulf, The Song of Roland, Chanticleer and The Sword in the Stone.

442132: The Sword in the Tree The Sword in the Tree
By Clyde Robert Bulla / Harpercollins Publishing

In the days of King Arthur there stood a mighty oak tree within the walls of a castle. Peace reigned in the castle until the fearsome night when Lionel, longlost brother of Lord Weldon, returned to cause trouble and unhappiness.

It was then that Shan, the son of Lord Weldon, took on the duties of a knight and hid the sword in the hollow of the giant oak. The days that followed were filled with adventures that tried the courage of the young boy.

Shan was surprised by bearded robbers in the woods. He met noble knights in plumed helmets, and eventually he even made a trip to high-towered Camelot. His story is filled with the pageantry and color of England in King Arthur's time. It creates a vivid picture of the Knights of the Round Table and the wisdom of King Arthur himself.

Mr. Bulla captures the spirit of those romantic days in a straightforward, exciting manner. The result is another delightful book for his wide audience of young readers. Paul Galdone's vigorous illustrations are as evocative as the text.

9166232: The Story of Saint Patrick The Story of Saint Patrick
By Christopher Fay / Paulist Press

Open the pages of this enchanting book and learn about the man who lives in the hearts of all thr Irish. Did you know that Patrick was a Roman citizen? Or that he was captured by the Celts and made a slave for six years? Author James Janda has delightfully blended Patrick's actual words from his autobiography with the legends about him--just enough for young readers to learn about the life of this exceptional man. Recommended for ages 3 to 8.
37213X: Augustine Came to Kent, Living History Library Augustine Came to Kent, Living History Library
By Barbara Willard / Bethlehem Books

Barbara Willard has beautifully combined history and the Christian faith in this book. With a true storyteller's instinct, she has interwoven historical facts with an absorbing fictitious tale in such a way that eager readers will take delight in, and learn from, the great adventure of St. Augustine's mission to the land of the Angles (later England). The story centers on young Wolf who has journeyed many difficult miles from Rome to the land of his birth. He witnesses the historic meeting between the Saxon King of Kent and the man who would be known as St. Augustine of Canterbury. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
47183: The Miracle of St. Nicholas The Miracle of St. Nicholas
By Gloria Whelan / Bethlehem Books

On Christmas Eve young Alexi sweeps out the village church, which has been empty since soldiers closed it sixty years ago--and the church's treasures miraculously reappear by Christmas morning. This touching story about the endurance of faith in a Russian village is illustrated with icon-like egg tempera paintings that contrast past violence with current joy.
54311: Beautiful Feet Books: Leif the Lucky Beautiful Feet Books: Leif the Lucky
By Ingri D'Aulaire / Beautiful Feet Books

A thousand years ago when the Vikings roamed the seas, led by their Norse gods, there lived a man in Norway called Erik the Red. He was able and strong but his temper was wild, and after a fight he was banned from Norway. So he sailed to Iceland. There he built a farm, found a wife, and lived in peace for a while. But then he began to quarrel and fight again, and it wasn't long before he had to flee from Iceland, too. Now Erik sailed off into the unknown sea toward the setting sun, and there behind a wall of ice he found a new land... Erik the Red had three sons. The one was called Torstein, the second Torvald, and the third was called Leif. And this is the story of Leif, Erik's son, who sailed with his father to Greenland, and who later sailed still farther west and found there the continent of America. Originally published in 1941, this oversized book is beautifully illustrated. Recommended for ages 4 to 11.
25784: Castle, Softcover Castle, Softcover
By David Macaulay / Houghton-mifflin

Castle. The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. In the 13th century, when England was attempting to conquer Wales, the English built impressive fortresses with adjoining towns. In the long run, these towns proved to be more effective in bringing about the desired conquest than the castles themselves. With typical zest and a wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings, David Macaulay traces the step-by-step planning and construction of both castle and town. He takes you from the hiring of a skilled master engineer to the actual test of castle defenses when hundreds of Welsh soldiers launched a direct attack. Generous illustrations full of explicit details and unusual perspectives masterfully combine with the straightforward text to guide you though his engrossing exploration. Recommended for ages 9 to 12. A 1978 Caldecott Honor book.
117055: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
By Howard Pyle / Tantor Media Inc.

In Merry England, in the time of old when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest near Nottingham Town a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood. No archer ever lived that could speed a gray goose shaft with such skill and cunning as his, nor were there ever such yeomen as the sevenscore merry men that roamed with him through the greenwood shades.

He stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and in so doing became an undying symbol of virtue. But most important, Robin Hood and his band of merry men offer young audiences more than enough adventure and thrills to keep them listening intently. Filled with action, villains, and surprises, who could resist the arrows flying, danger lurking, and medieval intrigue?
513290: A Storytellers Version of the 3 Musketeers & Robin Hood Audio CD A Storytellers Version of the 3 Musketeers & Robin Hood Audio CD
By Jim Weiss / Greathall Productions Inc

Jim Weiss' storytelling recordings have recieved numerous awards. He has captivated and delighted child and adult audiences with his original stories and retellings of ancient and modern classics. Robin Hood includes: Robin the Outlaw, Little John, Of Gold and Lady Marion, The Archery Context and The King. The Three Musketeers includes: Our Hero, Treachery, Athos Porthos, Aramis, The Duel, A Fair Lady, The Queen's Diamonds, Home Again. 1 CD. 1 Hour.
30881: Chanticleer and the Fox Chanticleer and the Fox
By Geoffrey Chaucer / HarperCollins

King of the barnyard, Chanticleer struts about all day. When a fox bursts into his domain, dupes him into crowing, and then grabs him in a viselike grip, Chanticleer must do some quick thinking to save himself and his barnyard kingdom. Recommended for ages 4 to 8. The 1959 Caldecott Medal winner.
17513: Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Softcover Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction, Softcover
By David Macaulay / Houghton-mifflin

The Gothic cathedral is one of man's most magnificent expressions as well as one of his grandest architectural achievements. Built to the glory of God, each cathedral was created by the ingenuity, skill, and hard work of generations of dedicated people.

This richly illustrated book shows the intricate step-by-step process of a cathedral's growth. The plan is agreed on; the site is chosen; each craftsman's contribution is presented; his tools and materials are described. The details of the construction are graphically explained from the building of the foundation and the erection of the walls through the details of the flying buttresses, vaulting, and roofing, on to the completion of the towers and the casting of the bells.

The grandeur of the cathedral unfolds through the book until finally the reader shares with the townspeople of Chutreaux a sense of wonder at the power of their creation. Recommended for ages 9 and up. A 1974 Caldecott Honor book.

0227793: The Door in the Wall The Door in the Wall
By Marguerite DeAngeli / Random House, Inc

Ever since he can remember, Robin, son of Sir John de Bureford, has been told what is expected of him as the son of a nobleman: he must learn the ways of knighthood. But Robin's destiny is changed in one stroke; he falls ill and loses the use of his legs. Fearing a plague, his servants abandon him. Saved by Brother Luke, a friar, he teaches Robin how to swim and carve wood, about patience and strength, telling Robin that he must "find the door in the wall" to overcome his challenges. Winner of the 1950 Newbery Medal.

More good books: 

The Reluctant Dragon

The Minstrel in the Tower

Brother Francis and the Friendly Beasts

A Boy named Giotto

The Legend of William Tell

Living Books - Years 5-8  or as read aloud books for younger children

67544: Trial and Triumph: Stories from Church HistoryTrial and Triumph: Stories from Church History
By Richard M. Hannula / Canon Press

Christianity is a faith in love with history. God took on human flesh and dwelt among us. The Spirit carried that divine work over the centuries, providing courage and maturity even amid our imperfections. Christians find their true family line not through tribes and ethnic blood but in the bond of faithfulness and shed blood that has united our family for millennia. We too often view Church history as the story of obscure aliens instead of the lives of brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. In this collection of forty-six brief biographies for children, Hannula sketches the stirring trials and triumphs of many famous and some lesser known figures in our family of faith--including Augustine, Charlemagne, Anselm, Luther, Bunyan, and C.S. Lewis. Through them we can begin to enjoy the old paths and find rest for our souls.
37213X: Augustine Came to Kent, Living History Library Augustine Came to Kent, Living History Library
By Barbara Willard / Bethlehem Books

Barbara Willard has beautifully combined history and the Christian faith in this book. With a true storyteller's instinct, she has interwoven historical facts with an absorbing fictitious tale in such a way that eager readers will take delight in, and learn from, the great adventure of St. Augustine's mission to the land of the Angles (later England). The story centers on young Wolf who has journeyed many difficult miles from Rome to the land of his birth. He witnesses the historic meeting between the Saxon King of Kent and the man who would be known as St. Augustine of Canterbury. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
953747: Famous Men of the Middle Ages Famous Men of the Middle Ages
By John H. Haaren, Addison B. Poland & Leigh Lowe / Memoria Press

Jump into the middle ages with this classic history text. The story of the Middle Ages is told through the lives of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc among others. This book guides students through the turbulent 'dark age' of history and illuminates how the world transitioned from the end of ancient times to the birth of the modern era. Softcover, 139 pages.

Check out the free history notebooking pages that have been created to go with Famous Men of the Middle Ages.

321010: King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
By Roger Lancelyn Green / Puffin

King Arthur is one of the greatest legends of all time. From the magical moment when Arthur releases the sword in the stone to the quest for the Holy Grail and the final tragedy of the Last Battle, Roger Lancelyn Green brings the enchanting world of King Arthur stunningly to life. This volume includes an inspiring introduction by David Almond, award-winning author of Clay, Skellig, Kit's Wilderness, and The Fire-Eaters. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
37302X: Son of Charlemagne, Living History Library Son of Charlemagne, Living History Library
By Barbara Willard / Bethlehem Books

This telling of Charlemagne's life is told through the view of one of Charlemagne's sons, Carl. The story gives a more personal insight into the family and private life of one of the most important people in founding the Holy Roman Empire. Through Carl's tale of struggling with the honor of being named his father's heir over the eldest son, Pepin, readers can find insight into the founding of Christendom. Barbara Willard, softcover, 183 pages.

Anna of Byzantium by Tracey Barrett. An amazing true story of the lost fortunes of Byzantine heir to the throne, Anna Commena, in the 1100's. Ages 11-17

431120: Viking Quest Series #1: Raiders from the Sea Viking Quest Series #1: Raiders from the Sea
By Moody Publishers

In one harrowing day, Viking raiders capture Bree and her brother Devon and take them from their home in Ireland. After the young Viking prince Mikkel sets Devon free on the Irish coast far from home, Bree and Devin embark on separate journeys to courage. Readers will be captivated by the unfolding drama as Bree sails to Norway on the Viking ship and Devin travels the dangerous road home. They both must trust their all-powerful God in the midst of difficult situations. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.
431153: Viking Quest Volumes 1 - 5, Paperback Viking Quest Volumes 1 - 5, Paperback
By Moody Publishers

87086: Beorn the Proud Beorn the Proud
By Madeleine Polland / Bethlehem Books

The coast of Ireland in the 9th century is the prey of Viking marauders. Young Ness has been taken captive by Beorn, on his first raiding trip with his father's band of warriors. She must accompany them as they make their way back to Denmark, and so experiences the dangerous tensions and misfortunes that threaten the entire fleet.
37019X: The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow
By Allen French / Bethlehem Books

After Hiarandi is unjustly slain, his sixteen-year-old son Rolf is made outlaw by the same murderous neighbors. Rolf flees Iceland with his faithful cousin Frodi, only to be enslaved in the Orkneys by proud Grani. However, when the marauding baresarks arrive, master and slave alike must fight for their lives-and Rolf is the only man who can string the mighty Viking bow. Allen French's tale of Iceland told in the classic saga form, is an exciting story of Christian versus pagan values, forgiveness versus pride. The way Rolf comes to terms with his enemies in the face of injustice creates a suspenseful, thought-provoking book dificult to put down. By the author of "The Red Keep". Ages 10 and up.
475950: Wulf the Saxon Wulf the Saxon
By G. A. Henty / Dover Publications

From the creator of exciting, historically accurate fiction for young readers comes this tale of loyalty and courage in 11th-century Britain. Wulf and his best friend, Beorn, fight bravely for their Saxon king - capturing castles, rescuing shipwrecked survivors, repelling Viking invaders, and fighting the Battle of Hastings.

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood can also be found for free at Librivox.org

117055: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, Unabridged Audiobook on CD with eBook
By Howard Pyle / Tantor Media Inc.

In Merry England, in the time of old when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest near Nottingham Town a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood. No archer ever lived that could speed a gray goose shaft with such skill and cunning as his, nor were there ever such yeomen as the sevenscore merry men that roamed with him through the greenwood shades.

He stole from the rich and gave to the poor, and in so doing became an undying symbol of virtue. But most important, Robin Hood and his band of merry men offer young audiences more than enough adventure and thrills to keep them listening intently. Filled with action, villains, and surprises, who could resist the arrows flying, danger lurking, and medieval intrigue?
47493: If All the Swords in England If All the Swords in England
By Barbara Willard / Bethlehem Books

It is the year 1170. The long-standing battle of wills between Archbishop Thomas Becket and King Henry II has come to a climax. The twins Edmund and Simon, one in the service of the Archbishop and the other a page of the King, witness the dramatic events leading up to the infamous cathedral slaying. Ages 10 and up.
871700: Winning His Spurs Winning His Spurs
By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

Cuthbert joins Richard the Lionheart and participates in stirring battles and great adventures. This novel is an excellent example of Mr. Henty's talent in spinning an adventure that captures the mind of the reader with the history and customs of the times. 332 pages, softcover.
937531: The Lost Baron The Lost Baron
By Allen French, illustrated by Andrew Wyeth / Bethlehem Books

Martin, Son of Sir Anselm of the Hollow, risks his life in more ways than one in this fast-paced story of Cornwall in the year 1200. King Richard is dead and John is King, a ruler ever ready for more money in his treasury whether it comes there honestly or not. When the Baron Eric mysteriously disappears, his young daughter Rosamund must bear the increasing burden of his absence. The moody Sir Basil, distant relation and heir, has taken over the castle - and would not be pleased if Eric should ever return. In an unguaded moment of genuine gratitude, Sir Basil invites young Martin to come to the castle as a page and squire. Martin is swiftly drawn into Rosamund's troubles and into a dew of his own before the tale reaches its dramatic climax. Ages 10 and up.
78306: The Magna Charta The Magna Charta
By James Daugherty / Beautiful Feet Books

In the rich turbulence of English history one day stands magnificently apart--June 15th, 1215, the day of the signing of the Magna Charta. On this day, the first blow for English freedom was struck and has forever affected the Western World. Here is the story of three true men, Stephen Langton, William Marshal and Hubert de Burgh, whose heroic deeds are set against those of the ever deceitful and crafty King John. The wicked deeds of this king gave rise to the illustrious Robin Hood and his "Merry Men in Lincoln Green," who roamed Sherwood Forest, robbing the rich and giving to the poor. King Richard the Lionheart, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, Peter of Wakefield and King Philip all play their part in this saga of adventure and intrigue which culminates at Runnymeade on a summer day in 1215. Recommended for ages 9 and up.
324648: Adam of the Road Adam of the Road
By Elizabeth Janet Gray / Penguin Putnam Inc.

Winner of the 1943 Newbery Medal, this medieval-story has captured the imaginations of generations of readers. Adam is 11 years old and son of Roger the Minstrel. When his father disappears and his beloved dog is stolen, Adam searches the roads, fairs, and market towns of Medieval England to find them. An altogether breathtaking work of historical fiction, the story weaves together facts and lore, song and hymn, giving children not only a story that will stay with them, but an accurate picture of Medieval times.
870662: In Freedom"s Cause In Freedom's Cause
By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

The stirring tale of the Scottish War of Independence! Full of "'scapes" and wild adventure, follow along as our hero fights under Wallace and Bruce. 408 pages, softcover.
871072: St. George for England St. George for England
By Robinson Books

No portion of English history is more crowded with great events than that of the reign of Edward III. Cressy and Poitiers; the destruction of the Spanish fleet; the plague of the Black Death; the Jacquerie rising; all these events are woven into "St. George for England." The hero of the story, although of good family, begins life as a London apprentice; after countless adventures overcome by valor and good conduct, he at last becomes the trusted friend of the Black Prince. 368 pages, hardcover.
871232: The Lion of St. Mark The Lion of St. Mark
By Robinson Books

A story of Venice at a period when her strength and splendor were put to the severest tests! The hero displays good sense, which carries him safely through an atmosphere of intrigue, crime, and bloodshed. He contributes to the victories of the Venetians at Porto d'Anzo and Chioggia, and eventually wins the hand of the daughter of one of the chief men of Venice. 400 pages, hardcover.
870105: A March on London A March on London
By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

Learn about the little known tale of Wat Tyler's Rebellion! The hero is thrown into many exciting and dangerous adventures; knighted for bravery on the battlefield and he soon realizes his fortune with his advancement and rank. 368 pages, softcover.
870266: At Agincourt At Agincourt
By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

At Agincourt is a tale of the long and bloody feud between the houses of Orleans and Burgundy-which for many years devastated France, caused a prodigious destruction of life and property, and was not even relaxed in the presence of a common enemy. A Tale of the White Hoods of Paris! 400 pages, paperback.
870082: A Knight of the White Cross A Knight of the White Cross
By G.A. Henty / Robinson Books

Gervaise Tresham joins the Order of the Knights of St. John and proceeds to the stronghold of Rhodes. Afterwards, he's made a Knight of the White Cross for valor, and then a commander of a war-galley! He participates in many skirmishes, but during one of his cruises he's attacked, captured, and sold into slavery in Tripoli. He succeeds in escaping, however, and returns to Rhodes in time to take part in the defense of the fortress. 426 pages, softcover.
Reformation and Exploration (See the Renaissance and Reformation History Curriculum Resource page)
1579 By Pike and Dyke
1580 St.Bartholomew's Eve
1580 Under Drake's Flag
1588 By England's Aid
1595 By Right of Conquest

Living Books - Years 9-12 - Middle Ages

It is recommended that you read overviews of more difficult texts in Invitation to the Classics. This provides details about the author, summary and a Christian perspective.

I have also used the Smarr Literature Courses which I found to be a great way to study some of the time period literature. It comes with a study guide, vocabulary quizzes, writing assignments and a schedule to follow.

320979: Beowulf Beowulf
By W W Norton

Composed toward the end of the first millennium of our era, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of the adventures of Beowulf, a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel and later, from Grendel's mother. He returns to his own countries and dies in old age in a vivid fight against a dragon.
This poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. In the contours of this story, at once remote and uncannily familiar at the beginning of the 21st century, Seamus Heaney finds a resonance that summons power to the poetry from deep beneath its surface.
Drawn to what he has called the "four-squareness of the utterance" in Beowulf and its immense emotional credibility, Heaney gives these epic qualities new and convincing reality for the contemporary reader.
424539: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
By Bernard O'donoghue / Penguin Classics

Composed in the fourteenth century, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight combines the hallmarks of medieval romance-pageantry, chivalry, and courtly love-with the charm of fairy tales and heroic sagas.

When a mysterious green knight rides on horseback into King Arthur's court, interrupting a New Year's feast, he issues a challenge: if any of King Arthur's men can behead him and he survives, then a year later the green knight is entitled to return the strike. When Arthur's knights show they are too cowardly to accept the challenge, Sir Gawain takes the test and decapitates the green knight, only to see him pick up his severed head and ride away, leaving Gawain to seek him out to fulfill their pact. It is now Gawain's task to repair and define the fame that Arthur's court is legendary for. Blending Celtic myth and Christian faith, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a Middle English masterpiece of magic, chivalry, and seduction.

05972: Once and Future King Once and Future King
By T. H. White / Putnam

T. H. White retells the entire Arthurian Epic in The Once And Future King. The story takes Arthur from the glorious lyrical phase of his youth through the disillusioning early years of his years of his reign to the mature years in which his vision of hte Round Table develops into the search for the Holy Grail and finally to his weary old age.
In part, T. H. White has drawn on published material which he has revised and reworked heavily to bring form and continuity to an over-all work, a tetralogy which will stand as unique and vivid and quite apart from the individual effects of the various particular books. And in part the author has created new material as enchanting as any he has set on paper.

Song of Roland from Project Gutenberg

And if not already read, the G.A. Henty books listed above are excellent!

424385: The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales
By Geoffrey Chaucer, edited by Nevill Coghill / Penguin Classics

In The Canterbury Tales Chaucer created one of the great touchstones of English literature, a masterly collection of chivalric romances, moral allegories and low farce. A story-telling competition within a group of pilgrims from all walks of life is the occasion for a series of tales that range from the Knight's account of courtly love and the ebullient Wife of Bath's Arthurian legend to the ribald anecdotes of the Miller and the Cook. Rich and diverse, The Canterbury Tales offers us an unrivalled glimpse into the life and mind of medieval England.
Nevill Coghill's masterly and vivid modern English verse translation is rendered with consummate skill to retain all the vigour and poetry of Chaucer's fourteenth century Middle English.
953747: Famous Men of the Middle Ages Famous Men of the Middle Ages
By John H. Haaren, Addison B. Poland & Leigh Lowe / Memoria Press

Jump into the middle ages with this classic history text. The story of the Middle Ages is told through the lives of Attila the Hun, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, Edward the Black Prince, and Joan of Arc among others. This book guides students through the turbulent 'dark age' of history and illuminates how the world transitioned from the end of ancient times to the birth of the modern era. Softcover, 139 pages.
093747: Macbeth Progeny Press Study Guide Macbeth Progeny Press Study Guide
By Progeny Press

Macbeth is one of Shakespeare's masterpieces, a classic story of betrayal and murder. Macbeth sets off chaos throughout Scotland when he kills his friend, kinsman, and king to fulfill a prophecy of personal power and ascension.

Progeny Press Study Guides provide teachers, parents, and students with literary analysis based upon the foundation of the Bible. Examining well-written literature in relation to biblical standards, students will develop and refine how they deal with man's philosophies while learning about the craft of writing. Progeny Press Study Guides deal with literature as works of art and philosophy as they explain and use literary terms; deal with plot construction; dig into character studies; and bring attention to themes and ideas the author has crafted.

Easy-to-use lessons include vocabulary, comprehension, analysis and critical thinking exercises, questions on related Biblical principles, activities, and a complete answer key. Middle & High School guides take approximately from 8 to 10 weeks to complete. 68 reproducible pages, paperback. Grades 9-12.

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Librivox Titles

Ivanhoe - this links to the free audio recording from Librivox; We listened to this version.

Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle - this links to the audio recording from librivox.org. I like this version.

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