I've just finished reading this novel and I'm must say I'm quite deeply impressed. I must admit I had difficulty getting started, but once the plot started to "roll" I finished it in a couple of days, which meant zealously trying to fit it into an already packed schedule.
I had prepared myself for long and tedious descriptions of medieval architecture and similar subjects, but I was surprised by both the length, no more than a page or two on any single subject, and the tediousness, very readable, of these descriptions. I wouldn't say I'm a history nut (even though I'm only a couple of years away from being a historian), but the way the conflicts within the church were portrayed kept me interested throughout the novel and beyond.
A pleasant surprise, if a surprise. Very good novel. I assume at least some of you have read it, what are your thoughts?