I wandered a little ways in tonight over some forgotten terms I am reading in Aeronauts Windlass and came out of the experience with a desire to read again about the Captal de Buch. He was a boon companion of the Black Prince and with diversity assured I plunged once again into history. If one enjoys it, it can eat hours with nothing but a nibble. They were both characters I enjoyed as I grew up.
There were far far fewer humans back then and only a handful had a written language to immortalize things, but those guys and Roland and Mad Anthony inspired me to read more back when I was young.
Oh, and stay away from wikipedia. It grabs you by the eyeball and never lets go.