Candace Robb

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Candace Robb (born 1950) is an American historical novelist, whose works are set in medieval England. She has also written under the pen name Emma Campion.[1]


Candace Robb was born in North Carolina, grew up in Ohio, and now lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband. After an education in Catholic schools, Robb studied and researched medieval history for many years. In an interview, she said, "I did my graduate work in English literature with a strong concentration in medieval and Anglo-Saxon literature and history". After completing her master's degree at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, she began the Ph.D. programme but did not complete her dissertation.

Before becoming a novelist, she worked as an editor of scientific publications.

She strives for accuracy of historical events which are the backdrop for her fictional characters.[2] Kirkus Reviews said that "Robb puts the history back into historical mystery".[3]

Robb divides her time between the American Pacific Northwest and the UK, frequently spending time in Scotland and in York to research her books.[4][5][6]

Selected works[edit]

Owen Archer series[edit]

  1. The Apothecary Rose (1993)
  2. The Lady Chapel (1994)
  3. The Nun's Tale (1995)
  4. The King's Bishop (1996)
  5. The Riddle of St. Leonard's (1997)
  6. A Gift of Sanctuary (1998)
  7. A Spy for the Redeemer (2002)
  8. The Cross-Legged Knight (2002)
  9. The Guilt of Innocents (2007)
  10. A Vigil of Spies (2008)
  11. The Bone Jar (2016, novella)
  12. A Conspiracy of Wolves (2019)
  13. A Choir of Crows (2020)
  14. The Riverwoman's Dragon (2021)

Margaret Kerr series[edit]

  1. A Trust Betrayed (2000)
  2. The Fire in the Flint (2003)
  3. A Cruel Courtship (2004)

As Emma Campion[edit]

  1. The King's Mistress (2010)
  2. A Triple Knot (2014)

Kate Clifford series[edit]

  1. The Service of the Dead (2016)
  2. A Twisted Vengeance (2017)
  3. A Murdered Peace (2018)


  1. ^ Goldsmith, Belinda (4 August 2010). "Book Talk: Candace Robb finds new voice as Emma Campion". Reuters. Retrieved 4 November 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview, Candace Robb". January Magazine. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^ "The Lady Chapel". Kirkus. 25 October 1994. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  4. ^ ""My fiction is the natural outgrowth of my fascination with the times:" an Interview with Candace Robb". Medievally Speaking. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Candace Robb". 11 March 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  6. ^ "About". Candace Robb. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 14 November 2019.