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Ekkehard excited me more than any book I have read in a long time, and that is quite a feat for a nineteenth century German romance featuring all tension and no sex. Reading this book felt like stepping through a portal into a living, surreally vivid journey through tenth century Germany. It was not easy to read this book; I was only able to find the whole story translated into English through two orphaned volumes from two different libraries, each with a different translator. I read some of the ...more