I'm not a fan of nonfiction, but I'm a HUGE fan of historical fiction, and Ken Follett's companion novels fill the bill. Set in England - I LOVE England! Characters that go against the typical grain - I LOVE it when characters act like real people! Detailed descriptions of cathedral building - I felt absolutely TRANSPORTED when touring the cathedrals of England. I do have two gripes--Follett's antagonists are supremely evil (and I just have a problem with characters that have absolutely no redeeming qualities at all), and the incredible latitude given his female characters. In a time when women were more property than person, I have a hard time believing that a female openly living with her lover would attain the position of the prioress of Knightsbridge Cathedral. For those who enjoy audio books, the audio versions narrated by John Lee were a joy to listen to.