Pierre, an isolated Christian French village in the Dark Ages during
the final days of December, 999 AD. Life is harsh, brutish and
short for most everyone except the 'Duke' (a collector of books who is
secretly illiterate, but who rules everyone's pocket), his flirtatious
Pagan wife (who has secretly taken most of the Duke's serfs and the
Monastery's monks to bed) and Abbott Phillip (corrupt head of the
Monastery, who has convinced the illiterate peasants that the world
will come to an end at dawn on Jan 1, 1000 AD, Christ forgiving their sins
if they give their wealth, and their children, to the Church).
In the middle of it all is Brother Thomas, a cynical wandering Jew with a
secret past who is one of the only monks who can not only transcribe books
but actually read them, and who has secretly written his own, which he
hopes that, one day, someone will read and appreciate.
Comment: A Dark Ages mystery/horror thriller the thinking reader in tradition of 'Name of the Rose' .