Medieval Song is a series of novels that were first written and published in the 1980s by Catherine Coulter. The books have since been rewritten and, more or less, retitled to appeal to new readers.
Order of Medieval Song Series
|6||The Penwyth Curse||2002|
|7||The Valcourt Heiress||2010|
The books are set in England in the thirteenth century. Coulter’s stories are mostly historical romance. The heroes are almost always terrible, and Coulter rarely tries to redeem them or even excuse their behavior.
The women they lust for are either damsels in distress or strong warriors that refuse to be broken. Interestingly enough, unlike typical historical romance that finds the hero working hard to break the walls surrounding the heart of the heroine through kindness and love, Coulter creates heroes that force themselves on the heroines, overwhelming them with brute force and slowly but surely working to wear them down, sometimes through enslavement.
The Medieval Song books have a lot of sex in them, and it is usually quite crude. There is also a lot of rape and savagery. Coulter makes an effort to use the events of the era and even historical characters to further her plots.
However, anyone that has read the books will tell you that they are hardly accurate representatives of history. And Coulter has admitted that she intentionally tweaked dates and events in order to better fit the story she was trying to tell.
Coulter grew up in an artistic family, with a painter for a father and a concert pianist for a mother, not to mention a writer for a grandmother. She earned a Masters degree in European History from Boston College.
Because her husband was a medical student during those early years and was typically busy, Coulter had a lot of free time in the evenings, free time that she used to read romance. Upon reading a particularly terrible romance novel, Coulter got so angry that she threw the book across the room, claiming that she could produce far better material.
Coulter’s husband dared her to do just that, and from that point onward, Coulter’s career as a writer blossomed.
Best Medieval Song Books
The Medieval Song Books have an interesting reputation. Catherine Coulter’s style doesn’t always appeal to the average readers, with some of the best books in her Medieval Song Series including the following:
Warrior’s Song: Chandra de Avenell is no Golden princess. While other princesses might delight in their crowns and gowns, Chandra finds joy in battle. She fights dreams and dresses like a man, perfectly content in a suit of armor. Chandra recognizes her own strength, and nothing is more important to her than her own freedom and independence.
As such, she has never needed a husband. However, it soon becomes clear that her father cares little for her preferences when he commands her to marry the man of his choice.
Jerval de Vernon doesn’t share Chandra’s inhibitions. He knew he wanted her the moment they met. And he presumes that wooing her will not present much of a challenge, especially after he saves her from a difficult situation.
However, Chandra will not be wooed, this despite Jerval’s determination to earn her trust and loyalty, possibly even her love. This book was simply called �Chandra’ when it was first published.
It was later rewritten and repackaged. The book is brimming with Coulter’s personal style of humor, not to mention all the sex, spicy dialogue, and a wide cast.
As far as romances go, this one is pretty straightforward despite delivering a few plot twists.
Earth Song: Philippa de Beauchamp runs away from home when she learns that her father wants her to marry Baron de Bridgport. In try to escape her marriage to the repulsive man, Philippa falls into the hands of Dienwalk de Fortenberry who takes her to his castle and imprisons her.
The castle abounds with mysteries and villains. Old friends return and the King of England makes an appearance as Philippa learns a lot of unexpected truths about her heritage.
There is a lot of sex in this book, even more than usual. Philippa turns out to be one of the very few likable heroines in the Medieval Song series.
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