Books: Medieval Tapestry

THE CORNERSTONE (482 pp.)—Zoé Oldenbourg—Pantheon ($4.50).

This artfully written French historical novel plunges its readers into the violence of an epoch when knighthood was in flower but life was no bed of roses. Three generations of the House of Linnierès play out their lives against a background of medieval manners and 13th; century skulduggery.

Old Ansiau, knight and onetime Crusader, sets out on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, becomes blind on the way, is captured in the Holy Land by the infidel and lashed to a mill which he is forced to turn like an ox....

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