The Walking Drum by Louis L’Amour is one of my favorite fiction books. I have read it many times over the years. In the book, the main character is Kerbouchard, who is sent to wandering 12th century Europe when his home is attacked and destroyed. As he makes his way in the world by his wits and a strong sword arm, he is many things: a slave, a solider and a scholar and later a merchant among other things. Throughout the novel he is always looking to improve himself and learn new things, whether physical or intellectual. Within the book, there are mentions of the books that he read or that he would like to read, as well as mentions of various historical learned men. The .ODT(OpenDocument – Text document) file linked below is a list of those books mentioned within the novel. Many of these now ancient, but significant texts are still available in used bookstores, various libraries or are available free to download on line.
Summaries of the novel :
The Walking Drum @ louislamour.com
The Walking Drum @ wikipedia
Quotes from The Walking Drum @ wikiquotes