The Cornerstone Author:Zoe Oldenbourg In this vivid tale of chivalric love and religious warfare, Zoe Oldenbourg dramatically recreates in all its pageantry and squalor a panorama of life in thirteenth century France. Here knights woo ladies with elaborate chivalry; in the name of religion they pillage cities and ravage countryside; without a thought they trample over the peasantry.... more » Here, too, medieval man struggles for his soul, strives for non-earthly goals, practices charity, and on the cornerstone of faith redeems his turbulent, often cruel times from violence and vice.« less
Zoe Oldenbourg is probably my favorite historical fiction author. She tells a medieval tale without prettying it up like so many modern writers do. She tells her story with all of the love, violence, and bleak existence of the medieval age. The characters in her books are not the famous people we've all heard about; her novels are about the minor nobility and peasants as they go about their daily lives. The details and historic accuracy make this and her other novels fascinating.