Wow. I feel this book gave me an authentic look into the many kinds of lives lived during the Middle Ages in England. We see the rich and the starving, the religious and the irreverent, the talented and the disadvantaged. We see the role of the clergy, the merchants, the builders, the peasants, the kings and the lords, and the women and children. I feel especially educated now on the importance of cathedrals to Medieval towns because of the work the building of them created.
The ending was extremely satisfying to me, though not all in my club felt the same way.
I highly recommend this book.