I'm also joining Medieval Bookworm's "Tournament of Reading" challenge. I'm very excited about this one, as medieval lit has always been a favorite of mine. Here are the rules:
This challenge is designed to get us all reading a little more medieval literature in 2010. The challenge will run from January 1st to December 31st, 2010, and will be hosted right here at Medieval Bookworm. Challenge genres include history, medieval literature, and historical fiction. Medieval, for simplicity of definition, will be from 500-1500, and literature from all over the world is welcome, not just western Europe. There are 3 levels:
- Peasant – Read 3 medieval books of any kind.
- Lord – Read 6 medieval books, at least one of each kind.
- King – Read 9 medieval books, at least two of each kind.
I'm very tempted to go right ahead and aim at the "King" level. Here are a few preliminary picks:
The history of the medieval world, by Susan Wise Bauer
The book of Margery Kempe (been meaning to read that for years)
The Mabinogion (read it in college, but not since)
It's going to be quite hard to decide; there's a lot I could read. Marco Polo, The Quest for the Holy Grail, Piers the Plowman...and so on. I'm having a little trouble thinking of a historical fiction book I want to read. I've read all the medieval mysteries at the library and an awful lot of historical fiction really irritates me--so many of the heroines are really modern people put into a romantic historical setting so they can fix everyone with their superior intelligence and mores.
Anyway, I'm looking forward to this one, since it will give me motivation to read a lot of things I've been meaning to get to for a long time.