Judith Merkle Riley

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

Judith Merkle Riley
BornJudith Astria Merkle
(1942-01-14)January 14, 1942
Brunswick, Maine, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 2010(2010-09-12) (aged 68)
Claremont, California, U.S.
Pen nameJudith Merkle Riley
OccupationTeacher, novelist
GenreHistorical Fiction
RelativesFred Merkle (great-uncle)
Ralph C. Merkle (brother)
A Vision of Light, 1988/Dec


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 brothers, Ted Merkle DVM is a well respected veterinarian serving Shasta County, 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]

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

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


Medieval World of Margaret of Ashbury seriesEdit

  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 novelsEdit


  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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