Ivanhoe, by Sir Walter Scott, has been a lot of fun and I'm glad I've been able to appreciate and enjoy it. Scott is brilliant at witty dialogue and makes the reader respect his characters even while poking fun at them a bit. Here's a representative quote made by a Knight Templar named Brian de Bois Guilbert (one of the bad French guys) about how he is so smitten with a young woman:
"By heaven, Malvoisin, yonder girl hath wellnigh unmanned me. I am half resolved to go to the Grand Master, abjure the order to his very teeth, and refuse to act the brutality which his tyranny has imposed on me."
This isn't for everyone, but I'm really into it. Only 30 pages left.