Early Church/ Rome 33 - 300 AD

Under 10s: 

The Story of Saint Christopher: A First Book for Little Catholics - Leah Kean.

OOP but a lovely little book. 

Christopher the Holy Giant - Tomie dePaola 

The children enjoy comparing the two as one contains details the other doesn't. 

Saint Valentine - Robert Sabuda

Demonstrates what an amazing gentle, giving saint he was. A good picture of the life the Early Christians led under fear of persecution.

The First Christians: The Acts of the Apostles for Children- Marigold Hunt

Based on the Acts was a good basis to start with my 9 and 6 year olds.  Although a bit long winded which is typical of Marigold Hunt.  

Both these books are absolutely riveting books for children this age (and mum;).  I highly recommend them.  Both contain stories of saints from this time period.  

Over 10s:

Detectives in Togas- Henry Winterfield 

Probably set a little earlier but it gives a good idea of everyday life in Rome. The children loved this one.

Tiger, Tiger- Lynne Reid Banks 

A new addition to our library. It is based on the story of twin tigers, one of whom is sent to the Colosseum.  The story covers the persecution of Christians.

The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George Speare 

Set during the time of Christ and it gives a picture of the Roman occupation of Jerusalem.  Very well written.

The Golden House - Madeleine Polland 

Another new addition to our library and extremely well written.

Legions of the Eagle - Henry Treece

War Dog- Henry Treece 

Both set in Roman Briton involving the Roman soldiers.

A story of the young Christians set in persecuted Rome; written by an Australian priest.

The Thieves of Ostia (The Roman Mysteries)- Caroline Lawrence 

Nice fun mystery, although I would have to admit rather light.

Galen and the Gateway to Medicine- Jeanne Bendick 

published by Bethlehem Books tells the story of Galen and his discoveries.

The Man Who Never Died -Brennan Rev Gerald 

Based on the life of St Peter.

The story of a disfigured boy who takes the vinegar to Christ on the Cross and his life is changed forever.

The Forgotten Daughter - Caroline Dale Snedeker

Eagle of the Ninth-Rosemary Sutcliff

The Silver Branch-Rosemary Sutcliff

Rosemary Sutcliff's trilogy set in Roman Briton and Outcast also from Roman Briton are well written living books from this time period.

The Outcast-Rosemary Sutcliff


'City' - David Macaulay

An enjoyable and riveting read on the planning and construction of the city of Rome. It is incredible really to imagine the planning and design that went into their city.

Famous Men of Rome- Poland & Haaren

A  popular choice amongst homeschoolers.  The reading of these men give a good insight into the history of Rome from the beginning till the Fall of Rome.

The Roman Colosseum - Elizabeth Mann

The Story of the World's Most Famous Stadium and Its Deadly Games.
Very informative.

Was added to  our pile on the recommendation of RC History.  I have to say I found it very detailed and it painted a disturbing and realistic picture of Rome and its practices.  People's lives had no value.

Over 14s:
My 14year old couldn't get into this one, she didn't find it interesting but it may suit others.

The Ides of April - Mary Ray 

These two books are a riveting tale of murder, mystery and intrigue.  From Bethlehem Books and very well written

The following I'm a little uncertain as to age recommendation. GA Henty books are a favourite with my dd, probably interesting to the more serious reader from age 12, certainly fine by 13, they are on the 'heavier' side of historical fiction.

Beric the Briton, A story of the Roman Invasion - GA Henty 

set in Roman Briton.

The Young Cathaginian - G A Henty 

The Fall of Jerusalem - GA Henty 

The Restless Flame - Louis deWohl

Based on the life of St Augustine. Louis de Wohl is a favourite author of mine and it was a pleasure to introduce my dd to him this year.

The story of the young silversmith who fashions the holder for the cup that Jesus uses at the Last Supper.