In interviews I'm often asked to recommend a good book. And I'm almost always caught flat-footed on that, which makes no sense because I must get asked that question a dozen times a week. So, my go-to book right now to recommend is The Last Duel by Eric Jager. It is the true story of the last judicial duel in France--where might decided who was right. If that sounds like something dense and arcane, be of good cheer. The book is a very fast read, and Jager's prose is cinematic. His account of the duel itself is absolutely mesmerizing. Everyone I've given it to has loved it, so if you're looking for something wonderfully medieval, indulge.