Popular 12th Century Books

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The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1) The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)
by (shelved 93 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.30 — 738,841 ratings — published 1989
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Lady of the English Lady of the English (Hardcover)
by (shelved 20 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.05 — 11,396 ratings — published 2011
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The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1) The Summer Queen (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #1)
by (shelved 19 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.06 — 11,138 ratings — published 2013
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The Greatest Knight (William Marshal, #2) The Greatest Knight (William Marshal, #2)
by (shelved 19 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.09 — 12,357 ratings — published 2005
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Lionheart (Plantagenets #4) Lionheart (Plantagenets #4)
by (shelved 15 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.09 — 11,471 ratings — published 2011
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The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy, #1) The Queen's Man (Justin de Quincy, #1)
by (shelved 15 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.88 — 8,444 ratings — published 1996
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Time and Chance (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, #2) Time and Chance (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, #2)
by (shelved 15 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.29 — 10,801 ratings — published 2002
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The Lais of Marie de France The Lais of Marie de France (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.86 — 9,435 ratings — published 1160
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Devil's Brood  (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, #3) Devil's Brood (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, #3)
by (shelved 14 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.36 — 9,756 ratings — published 2008
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Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 14 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.97 — 33,578 ratings — published 1999
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The Winter Siege The Winter Siege (Hardcover)
by (shelved 13 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.84 — 4,447 ratings — published 2014
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A Place Beyond Courage (William Marshal, #1) A Place Beyond Courage (William Marshal, #1)
by (shelved 12 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.05 — 9,312 ratings — published 2007
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World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2) World Without End (Kingsbridge, #2)
by (shelved 12 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.24 — 210,275 ratings — published 2007
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A King's Ransom (Plantagenets #5) A King's Ransom (Plantagenets #5)
by (shelved 11 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.29 — 8,018 ratings — published 2014
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The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal, #3) The Scarlet Lion (William Marshal, #3)
by (shelved 11 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.26 — 8,057 ratings — published 2006
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The Winter Crown (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #2) The Winter Crown (Eleanor of Aquitaine, #2)
by (shelved 10 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.13 — 4,402 ratings — published 2014
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Shadows and Strongholds (FitzWarin #1) Shadows and Strongholds (FitzWarin #1)
by (shelved 10 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.14 — 5,822 ratings — published 2004
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Ivanhoe (Waverly Novels, #5) Ivanhoe (Waverly Novels, #5)
by (shelved 10 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.74 — 113,907 ratings — published 1819
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The Running Vixen (Ravenstow Trilogy, #2) The Running Vixen (Ravenstow Trilogy, #2)
by (shelved 9 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.89 — 1,134 ratings — published 1991
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Here be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1) Here be Dragons (Welsh Princes, #1)
by (shelved 9 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.30 — 45,546 ratings — published 1985
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The Fatal Crown The Fatal Crown (Hardcover)
by (shelved 9 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.77 — 1,341 ratings — published 1991
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Lords of the White Castle (FitzWarin, #2) Lords of the White Castle (FitzWarin, #2)
by (shelved 9 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.18 — 3,157 ratings — published 2000
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The Song of Roland The Song of Roland (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.57 — 16,895 ratings — published 1100
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The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan The Tiger Queens: The Women of Genghis Khan (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.21 — 4,239 ratings — published 2014
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The Courts of Love (Queens of England, #5) The Courts of Love (Queens of England, #5)
by (shelved 8 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.93 — 3,551 ratings — published 1987
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The Queen's Pawn The Queen's Pawn (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 3.75 — 5,888 ratings — published 2010
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The Love Knot The Love Knot (Paperback)
by (shelved 8 times as 12th-century)
avg rating 4.02 — 1,969 ratings — published 1998
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Saigyō
“The mind for truth
Begins, like a stream, shallow
At first, but then
Adds more and more depth
While gaining greater clarity.”
Saigyō, Mirror for the Moon

“Don’t read books!
Don’t chant poems!
When you read books your eyeballs wither away
leaving the bare sockets.
When you chant poems your heart leaks out slowly
with each word.
People say reading books is enjoyable.
People say chanting poems is fun.
But if your lips constantly make a sound
like an insect chirping in autumn,
you will only turn into a haggard old man.
And even if you don’t turn into a haggard old man,
it’s annoying for others to have to hear you.

It’s so much better
to close your eyes, sit in your study,
lower the curtains, sweep the floor,
burn incense.
It’s beautiful to listen to the wind,
listen to the rain,
take a walk when you feel energetic,
and when you’re tired go to sleep.”
Yang Wanli

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