This book reminded me of a TV teen sitecom.
Okay for young people.
The reviews misled me.
The characters are so black and white. Everyone is either good or bad! They had no depth.
Everyday life in the eleventh century, according to this book, was full of trauma. It went on and on about one bad incident after another. It became tiring, because the reader could predict the outcome of each incident.
I always finish a book that I start. This one became very tedious, but I got though it. I will not read the sequel.
Something different .
This book was so long, I suppose the author thought several sex/rape scenes were necessary for the reader to reman interested. Explicit, repetitive ones were unnecessary.
A few other disasters could have been eliminated, also. There were so many disasters during these times that they over shadow anything good ever happening to the characters.
The book gives the reader a feel for the life of the clergy, the peasants, and the nobility during the eleventh century.
The details of the building of the cathedrals, and the corruption of so many church officials were interesting.
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