I read this book a couple of years ago and I think I finished it in 3 days. Gordan manages to describe period medieval in such a personal and engaging way that you get sucked into the story. The power of this book is excellent story telling skills combined with a good history research. The fictional story could have happened because all the facts check out. A must read for all lovers of historical novels, and all who want to learn a thing or two about practicing medicine in the middle ages.