Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Booke of Days” as Want to Read:
Booke of Days
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Booke of Days

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  333 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Written by the coauthor of the film Nixon, a critically acclaimed recreation of the first papal crusades, in 1096, focuses on one man who undergoes a spiritual crisis amid the fury and mindless greed of the pilgrimage.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published February 16th 1998 by Da Capo Press (first published 1996)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Booke of Days, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Booke of Days

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Rating details
Sort: Default
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una novela histórica que disfruté.
Nov 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure how historically accurate this is, but it was very entertaining. It did accurately point out that the Crusades was not just a religious conquest, but a political one. The protagonist's affairs with first a Jew, then a Muslim were interesting twists and ways to address those two religious groups and to also show correctly that the alliances in the early battles of the Crusades were not strictly between Christians and Muslims. Its a very creative, captivating way to write about a litt ...more
Sep 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As a reader of much history and historical fiction, I was fascinated by this book. The story is related as the journal of Roger of Lunel,a duke of the Provence area of southern France.

His story evolves from his joining the First Crusade, and follows him through to the taking of Jerusalem, and home again, focusing on his growth as a man, and as a Crusader.

The story of the Crusades is not a pretty one. The story of this man's transformation is not always pretty, but is most effective.
Oct 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults and young adults
The book was a realistic view of the crusades and the motivations of people who participated in it and those with a political/church interest, focusing on the main character. The characters were not idealized, simplified, purely good or evil. The main character was sympathetic and likable without being perfect. Really good story.
Jan 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
Ultimately this is a disappointing story, despite the promising premise of the “discovery” of the diary of a French Duke from the First Crusade of the late-11th century. It’s a novel in which the savagery and confusion of the era were well-drawn but the characters and attitudes were anachronistic, the plot implausible and banal and the dialogue very stilted.
Jonas Ferreira
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A novel that teaches you plenty about the crusades, very enjoyable and informative
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book. Epic tale with a lot of history. I first read this about 15 years ago and felt like reading it again. Had to buy second hand on ebay because it’s not in print anymore or on kindle, etc.
Tatu Delgado
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hermoso, un libro para emocionarse, aprender y dejar que la mente se abra.
Gregory French
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my all time favorites. Gritty with a capital grrrr!
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
O Autor vem para a Provença, França, em busca de notícias de ancestrais. Ao chegar, as pessoas custam a acreditar que ele é um descendente dos "Rivelle" cuja palavra seria, originalmente, "Escrivel", escritor. Rivelle não entende o porquê das pessoas estarem pasmadas com sua presença até que o curado da capela local resolve cumprir um testamento: entregar a um descendente de um antigo cavaleiro cruzado, Roger (Escrivel) de Lunel, o baú com uma herança. No baú o que encontra-se é um diário, em tí ...more
Apr 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, em-pt
As Cruzadas são um dos temas constantes do imaginário colectivo e, ao longo dos tempos tem dado origem a inúmeros livros e filmes. E este é um tema que muito me agrada.

Stephen Rivelle começa logo no prefácio deste livro por se apresentar como escritor de profissão e francês por ascendência. Segue com o relato da sua viagem a França, feita com o intuito de conhecer um pouco mais sobre as suas origens ancestrais que encontravam raízes na povoação de Lunel. A sua aventura acaba por lhe trazer às mã
Barbara Ell
This is the story of the first Crusade. It is written as a journal by a noble joining the crusade in France. I really liked it, because we learn why he wanted to go on the pilgrimage, and how he changed throughout his journey. Being a noble, he was able to write about what his soldiers were doing, and also he was in with the leaders and was able to discuss what they were doing. The footnotes spread throughout the book also helped me understand what some of the words that an 11th century noble us ...more
Andrea Hickman Walker
Sep 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this book and have read it several times, in fact i have lent several copies to friends that have never returned it (yes happily, i have repeatedly purchased it). the last hardcover version was missing most of a chapter as a result of a printing/binding error, the photo copied pages that now replace the missing text are loosely inserted into the latter pages and only help increases its charm. A booke of days is a timeless story of finding yourself and what that means in a world that is be ...more
Mrs Mac McKenzie
This long book is written in diary style from the perspective of a french nobleman participating in the first crusade. It is very descriptive and it may give a glimpse into what life might be like as a crusader, I just found it became a little tedious to read about and stopped reading about 3/4 of the way through. I didn't really care about what happened to the diary writer or his fellow crusaders.
Aug 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
A minor French noble goes off to fight in the Crusades to atone for his sins, encounters a series of cultures that are new to him & that he learns, much to his surprise, to appreciate. As a result, he comes to question his church and, at times, his faith. If the premise is predictable & anachronistic, the book does, at times, transcend its limitations in passages of insight & grace, in both style and substance. And the main character is one I grew to care deeply about.
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, biography
The amazing story of a man whose campaign on the first crusade(1096-1099) will be a life changing experience.
Far from home, he will witness atrocious acts, befriend someone he would never think of had he stayed in France, as well as learn to love and respect a culture his previous self had not much consideration for.
His road will be rough, but in the end, he will definitely become a better man.
One of my favourites.
Jenny Grundberg
Feb 11, 2008 rated it it was ok
This book read like a bad movie. The only redeeming qualities were the scraps of history you picked up in between the graphic gore and sex. The main character's modern-day ethics were strangely anachronistic. Also, his religious struggles never rang always sounded like an agnostic trying to justify his beliefs (or lack thereof) to the reader.
Tom Fontaine
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. The fake diary was a great way to convey, from a 'personal' point of view, the horror and futility of the crusades.
The things we did, and still do, in the name of religion are incomprehensible.
Jul 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Written in diary form, this book chronicles one soldier's journey on the Crusades. What I liked most about this story is that it shows the muck and mire of battle and came across as totally believable.
Christine Holland
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Book Club at Heidi's
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: natuskashii
I loved this book and read several times, and if there'd been the Internet as ubiquitous as it is today, I'd have Googled every single historical footnote in this 'faction' epic.
Helen Noonan
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! I'm not up to writing a review on my phone but will try to come back to this. A stunning book. Incredible.
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Totally believable. Loved it.
Mar 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fascinating book, a worthwhile read for anyone interested in the Crusades or Templar history.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I registered a book at!
Johann Sell
rated it really liked it
Aug 24, 2018
Matthias Tissot
rated it it was amazing
Jan 28, 2010
rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2018
rated it really liked it
Aug 17, 2009
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Crusader
  • Jerusalem
  • Navegador Solitário
  • Hartmut und ich
  • Gibt es intelligentes Leben?
  • Ironfire
  • Decoding The Lost Symbol: The Unauthorized Expert Guide to the Facts Behind the Fiction
  • The Archivist's Story
  • Harold
  • Secrets of Angels & Demons
  • That Book: ...of Perfectly Useless Information
  • Schott's Sporting, Gaming, and Idling Miscellany
  • The Fatal Crown
  • Julius Caesar
  • A Likely Story: One Summer with Lillian Hellman
  • O Prenúncio das Águas
  • Zanoni: A Rosicrucian Tale
  • Fields of Glory (The Vintener Trilogy #1)
Author of nine books; co-author of Oliver Stone's 'Nixon' (Academy Award nomination); Will Smith's 'Ali'; 'Copying Beethoven' with Ed Harris; 'Like Dandelion Dust' (Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper). Most recently completed a screenplay for Steven Spielberg; Miles Davis for Don Cheadle; Jacqueline Kennedy for River Road. Jonestown for Overbrook Entertainment. Vice, the memoirs of a former Compton pol ...more
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »