This book, which is a series of poems, was actually written by a teacher in order to get her students interested in medieval life. I loved how each character had their own distinctive voice and thought that it captured the time period beautifully. The illustrations were gorgeous too. I can't imagine most people picking it up for a "pleasure" read, but it would be hugely useful in a late elementary/early middle classroom.
For a little more information regarding this book, check out Bookshelves of Doom.