Anyone here read Ken Follett's The Pillars of the Earth
? Hands down the best book I've ever read, easy. I highly recommend it to all of you.
It takes place in the 11th century, and tells the story of the construction of a Cathedral in the small, backwater village of Kingsbridge. The story is told from the points of view of three different people: Tom Builder, a talented but empoverished stonemason who dreams of building a cathedral; Philip of Kingsbridge, a Welsh monk who's lived his life in monasterial care and has a desperate passion to reform the Church; and Lady Aliena, the daughter of a disgraced Earl who swore an oath to her dying father to restore the family honour.
It has a more recent sequel, World Without End
, which is equally as awesome. It takes place during the beginning on the Hundred Years War, as well as the first waves of the Black Death.
EDIT: Beat you to it, Adavardes.