If you’re interested in Medieval history, culture and enjoy excellent narrative, two recommendations:
“The spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England, The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against brother.”
The character of Cadfael himself is a Welsh Benedictine monk living at Shrewsbury Abbey, in western England, in the first half of the 12th century. The historically accurate stories are set between about 1135 and about 1145, during “The Anarchy”, the destructive contest for the crown of England between King Stephen and Empress Maud. As a character, Cadfael “combines the curious mind of a scientist/pharmacist with a knight-errant”.
For reading on a smart phone, tablet, kindle etc,
both these authors the Cadfael Chronicles can be found on TUEBL. Depending on your device, you can grab a free app, load up the TUEBL catalogue and you’re away.
I must say, the more stories I read set in this period, the more I appreciate the narrative mastery of the Cadfael Chronicles. Edith Pargeter has woven absolutely engaging, charming, heart-warming and intelligent stories in a way that I’ve rarely encountered. True genius.
And speaking of the Middle Ages, some opinion on our modern take of this period:
Top 10 Myths About The Middle Ages
6 Ridiculous Myths About the Middle Ages Everyone Believes