Judith Merkle Riley

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Judith Merkle Riley
Born Judith Astria Merkle
(1942-01-14)January 14, 1942
Brunswick, Maine, U.S.
Died September 12, 2010(2010-09-12) (aged 68)
Claremont, California, U.S.
Pen name Judith Merkle Riley
Occupation Teacher, novelist
Nationality American
Period 1988–1999
Genre Historical Fiction
Children 2
Relatives Fred Merkle (great-uncle)
Ralph C. Merkle (brother)
A Vision of Light, 1988/Dec

Judith Merkle Riley (January 14, 1942 – September 12, 2010) was an American writer, teacher and academic who wrote six historical romance novels.


Judith Astria Merkle was born in 1942 and grew up in Livermore, California. Her great-uncle was baseball player Fred Merkle. Her father, Theodore Charles Merkle, ran Project Pluto, and her brother Ralph is a pioneer in public key cryptography, and more recently a researcher and speaker on molecular nanotechnology and cryonics. She held a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and taught in the Department of Government at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California.[1]


She wrote six historical fiction novels, starting in 1988. [1]

Personal life[edit]

She was married and had two children. A daughter Elizabeth and a son Marlow. [1]}


Judith Merkle Riley died on September 12, 2010 from ovarian cancer.[1]


Medieval World of Margaret of Ashbury Series[edit]

  1. A Vision of Light (1988) ISBN 978-0307237873
  2. In Pursuit of the Green Lion (1990) ISBN 978-0307237880
  3. The Water-devil (2007) ISBN 978-0307237897

Single novels[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Dennis McClellan (September 22, 2010). "Judith Merkle Riley dies at 68; noted professor and author of bestselling historical novels". Los Angeles Times. 

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