42% done with A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century

Women are blamed for all the evil in the world, mercenaries roam the countryside with thieving impunity, and the rich are so extravagant as to be absurd. And in 700 years we’ve only managed to solve the problem of mercenaries.

A great personal library at the time consisted of fewer than 100 books – I have twice that on my Kindle at the moment with room for 10X that amount still.