Ann Chamberlin Books In Order

Ottoman Empire Books In Order

  1. Sofia (1996)
  2. The Sultan’s Daughter (1997)
  3. The Reign of the Favored Women (1998)

Joan of Arc Tapestries Books In Order

  1. The Merlin of St. Gilles’ Well (1999)
  2. The Merlin of the Oak Wood (2001)
  3. Gloria (2005)

Sword and the Well Books In Order

  1. The Woman at the Well (2011)
  2. The Sword of God (2012)
  3. The Sword and the Well (2014)

Valkyries Books In Order

  1. Choosers of the Slain (2014)
  2. The Linden’s Red Plague (2021)


  1. The Virgin and the Tower (1979)
  2. Tamar (1994)
  3. Leaving Eden (1999)
  4. Snakesleeper (2007)
  5. The Book of Wizzy (2016)

Picture Books

  1. Dumpling (2012)
  2. The Fair Maid and the Pirates: A Scratch-and-sniff Story (2014)
  3. The Witch’s Cottage: A Scratch-and-sniff Story (2014)

Non fiction

  1. A History of Women’s Seclusion in the Middle East (2006)

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Ann Chamberlin Books Overview


Sofia caused a sensation in Turkey where it spent over six months on the bestsellers list. Real historical figures come to life in the exotic sixteenth century Ottoman world of intrigue and opulence that Turks call The Reign of the Favored Women: An ambitious young noblewoman from Venice, captured by corsairs and sold into the Sultan’s harem, vows her future will hold more than sexual slavery. And the young man who sets out to rescue her is asked to pay a price higher than any man can afford.

The Sultan’s Daughter

A Venetian noblewoman and an Italian sailor are captured by Turkish pirates and sold into slavery in the 16th century Ottoman Empire. ‘Chamberlin is the master of crafting exciting realistic historical fiction. This is a brilliant novel by a talented woman’. ‘Affaire de Coeur’.

The Reign of the Favored Women

The great Turkish empire of the seventeenth century, the most powerful of its day, was ruled by women who had been brought to Constantinople as slaves for the Sultan’s pleasure but used their slavery to acquire power on a global scale. This is the story of one such woman…
. The harem slave Safiye, ‘the Fair One’ as she is known, is the embodiment of beauty and ambition. With her perfumed body and bewitching eyes, she rules the men who own her. She controls the Empire from within the veiled harem walls, her web of intrigue reaching far beyond Constantinople and into Europe. Her touch is felt in wars, acts of sabotage, and the machinations of both European and Asian politics. The aim of her ambition? To see that her son becomes ruler of the Ottoman Empire. She will allow nothing to stand in her way.

The Merlin of St. Gilles’ Well

In the bestselling tradition of The Mists of Avalon, a powerful retelling of the legend of Joan of Arc!For close to six hundred years, the world has been fascinated by the true story of Joan of Arc. The saga of her rise from obscurity to lead the armies of France, followed by her tragic martyrdom, has inspired many books, plays, and films. Less well known is the fact that Joan’s astounding destiny was predicted by ancient prophecies attributed to none other than Merlin himself. Or that Joan, later canonized by the Church as a saint, may have been a practioner of an even older religion: the ancient pagan ways that predated Christianity throughout Europe. The Merlin of St. Gilles’ Well is a stunning historical fantasy, based on actual events, that casts Joan and her times in a revealing new light.

The Merlin of the Oak Wood

The Merlin of St. Gilles Well was named one of the ten Best Fantasy and Science Fiction Novels of 1999 by Booklist. Now Ann Chamberlin continues her acclaimed saga with another gripping mixture of brilliantly re created history and ancient magic.


From Ann Chamberlin, winner Critic’s Choice Award for Best Overall Historical, this fictional account of the life of Joan of Arc from her emergence at the court of Charles the Dauphin, through the lifting of the English siege of Orleans, to the crowning of Charles as King of France. If Joan really were a witch.


Tamar, a young woman in King David’s harem, realizes the King plans to use her as a pawn and force her to marry a man she hates, but struggles to overcome her destiny in a hostile world. AB. PW.

Leaving Eden

Leaving Eden brilliantly brings to life the watershed moment in our history when man and woman turned their backs on ancient laws in order to strike out in independence. Told from the point of view of Na’amah, Adam’s daughter by his first wife, Lilith, the passing of the ancient Goddess and the birth of the new God. When Lilith returns to her clan to reclaim Adam after a long absence, young Na’amah is thrilled to see her long lost mother. However, Adam has his sights set on Eve for his new wife. The ancient law of the Great Mother commands that no man may take a second wife while the children from his first union are still alive. But Adam has heard the word of the new God, and is ready to take Eve and face the wrath of the Old Goddess. Original, gripping, powerful, and engrossingly told, Leaving Eden tells a provocative tale about the archetypal lovers and their fall from grace.

A History of Women’s Seclusion in the Middle East

Learn how the seclusion of women can be used as a feminist defense against exploitation and as an empowering force Internationally acclaimed author Ann Chamberlin’s book, A History of Women s Seclusion in the Middle East: The Veil in the Looking Glass is a critical interdisciplinary examination of the practice of seclusion of women throughout the Middle East from its beginnings. This challenging exploration discusses the reasons that seclusion may not be as oppressive as is presently generally accepted, and, in fact, may be an empowering force for women in both the West and East. Readers are taken on a controversial, belief bending journey deep into the surprising origins and diverse aspects of female seclusion to find solid evidence of its surprising use as a defense against monolithic cultural exploitation. The author uses her extensive knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, language, and even archeology to provide a convincing assertion challenging the Western view that seclusion was and is a result of women s oppression. A History of Women s Seclusion in the Middle East goes beyond standard feminist rhetoric to put forth shocking notions on the real reasons behind women s seclusion and how it has been used to counteract cultural exploitation. The book reviews written evidence, domestic and sacred architecture, evolution, biology, the clan, the environment for seclusion, trade, capital and land, slavery, honor, and various other aspects in a powerful feminist argument that seclusion is actually a valuable empowering force of protection from the influence of today s society. The text includes thirty black and white figures with useful descriptions to illustrate and enhance reader understanding of concepts. A History of Women s Seclusion in the Middle East discusses at length: prehistoric evidence of seclusion the sense of honor in the Middle East a balanced look at the Islamic religion the true nature of the harem the reasons for the oppression by the Taliban the positive aspects of veiling seclusion as a defense against capitalist exploitation and other challenging perspectives! A History of Women s Seclusion in the Middle East is thought provoking, insightful reading for all interested in women s history, feminism, and the history and culture of the Middle East.

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