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Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Historical Fiction Books with Archery

Here's a list of historical fiction books where archery plays an important role in the story:
  1. "Arrow's Fall" by Judith Tarr: Set in medieval England during the reign of Richard the Lionheart, this novel follows the story of Alric, a skilled archer who becomes entangled in a web of political intrigue.

  2. "The Archer's Tale" by Bernard Cornwell: Part of "The Grail Quest" trilogy, this book is set during the Hundred Years' War and follows the adventures of Thomas of Hookton, an archer seeking a stolen relic.

  3. "Daughter of the Forest" by Juliet Marillier: Based on the Celtic legend of the Seven Swans, this book tells the story of Sorcha, who must weave shirts from nettles to break a curse on her brothers, and archery plays a pivotal role in her journey.

  4. "Wolf Hall" by Hilary Mantel: Set in the court of Henry VIII, this novel features historical characters such as Thomas Cromwell, who is known for his archery skills and cunning politics.

  5. "The Outlaws of Sherwood" by Robin McKinley: A retelling of the Robin Hood legend, this book follows Robin's band of outlaws, with archery being a central skill in their struggle against injustice.

  6. "The Warbow" by Angus Donald: This book focuses on the adventures of Alan Dale, an archer in the service of Robin Hood, during the tumultuous times of the Crusades and the Plantagenet era.

  7. "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak: Although not entirely historical fiction, this novel is set in Nazi Germany and features Liesel Meminger, who develops a fascination with archery as an escape from the horrors of war.

  8. "Agincourt" by Bernard Cornwell: Another historical fiction by Cornwell, this book revolves around the famous Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years' War, where archery prowess plays a decisive role.

  9. "The Forestwife" by Theresa Tomlinson: A retelling of the Robin Hood legend from the perspective of Maid Marian, who learns the art of archery and disguises herself to aid the poor and oppressed.

  10. "The King's Arrow" by Michael Cadnum: This book follows the story of Geoffrey, a young archer who becomes entangled in the dangerous intrigue of the English court during the reign of King Henry VIII.

These historical fiction books beautifully capture the essence of archery in different historical contexts, providing readers with a fascinating blend of adventure, skill, and historical accuracy.

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