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The "Dark Ages"
and Barbarian Europe
800 B.C. - A.D. 1000

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Cross, Donna Woolfolk. Pope Joan [9th century A.D.]. Joan of Ingleheim, alias "John Anglicus," becomes a monk, a priest, physician to Pope Sergius, and eventually pope herself.

Douglas, L. Warren. The Sacred Pool [8th-9th centuries A.D.]. The child-mystic Pierrette, piecing together the magic arts of three religions, becomes an accomplished sorceress and time-traveler.

Douglas, L. Warren. The Veil of Years [8th-9th centuries A.D.]. Dark magic is disturbing early-medieval Provence, and the task of overcoming it falls to Pierrette, a budding sorceress and time-traveler.

Duggan, Alfred. Winter Quarters [1st century B.C.]. Acco, a Gaulish boy training to be a Druid, brings upon himself the curse of the Goddess and escapes his doom by joining the Roman army.

Durrell, Lawrence. Pope Joan [9th century A.D.]. Alias "John Anglicus," the heroine establishes herself as a scholar in Athens and eventually becomes, according to legend, the first and last female pope.

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Ferraro, Luigi. The Lombard Rose [6th century A.D.]. The Gepid princess Rosamond, forced to marry the Lombard king Alboin, her father’s assassin, endures her humiliation and prepares her revenge.

Holland, Cecelia. The Angel and the Sword [9th century A.D.]. Disguised as a man, a daughter of the queen of Spain battles to save the dying empire of Charlemagne from barbarian invaders.

Johnson, Diana M. Destiny’s Godchild [7th century A.D.]. Egar, a harpist and juggler, meets Pepin the Vain, a tutor in the Frankish court, and together they fulfil a prophesy that Egar will change the course of history.

Johnson, Diana M. Pepin’s Bastard [7th-8th centuries A.D.]. Charlemagne’s grandfather, the Frankish ruler Charles Martel, saves Christian Europe by turning back an Arab invasion of southern France.

Johnson, Diana M. Quest for the Crown [8th century A.D.]. Pepin the Short, father of Charlemagne, retires the feeble King Childeric to a monastery and has himself crowned king of the Franks in Childeric's place.

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Kimovec, Frank. Fury of the Northmen [8th century A.D.]. A young Viking warrior prepares for his first raid on the villages and monasteries of the Irish coast.

Lawhead, Stephen R. Byzantium [10th century A.D.] Transporting the Book of Kells to Byzantium, a band of Irish monks falls into the hands of Viking raiders.

Llywelyn, Morgan. The Horse Goddess [8th century B.C.]. An exploration of the misty beginnings of Celtic culture: Epona, gifted in the handling of horses, falls in love with Khazak, a Scythian prince.

Llywelyn, Morgan, and Michael Scott. Etruscans [6th century B.C.]. Horatrim, the supernaturally gifted child of a demon and an Etruscan noblewoman, finds the meaning of his unusual heritage as Horatius, the adopted son of a Roman politician.

Marillier, Juliet. Wolfskin [c.9th century A.D.]. A young Viking, pursuing glory and honor in the Norse invasion of the Orkney Islands, is confounded by the dark designs of his best friend.
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