Yes, it's subtitled "a romance of the Dark Ages," but everyone neglected to mention that its main theme is homosexual romance. From the reviews, I expected the history and historical figures of the time, not an unrelieved series of sexual invitations, genital explorations, and young boys offering themselves for such service. The first few chapters were enough to make me want a refund. Mr. Massie's style is well-suited to story-telling, and that's why I gave the book two stars, but if you want more story than sexual adventures, read Gillian Bradshaw. This book is going in the trash.