Fiction, 6/10 – February 2009
1000 pages set in 12th century Britain based largely around the building of cathedrals – sound interesting? No, but it comes highly recommended (33rd in the BBC’s 2003 big read) and in an effort to broaden my horizons I gave it a go. It is based on real historical events such as the Battle of Lincoln and the murder of Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury and it had me happily living in the middle ages with monks and builders and downfalls and triumphs for a few weeks. I found it a little slow and it laid things out a bit too clearly but a worthwhile read nevertheless.