Everything you need to understand or teach World Without End by Follett, Ken.
Ken Follett's Worth Without End is set in 14th Century England and follows the lives of peasants, nobles, clergy, and merchants as their lives intertwine and sometimes clash. While the characters sometimes face the struggles of their daily lives by sheer strength of will, even the strongest are brought down when the plague strikes, proving that no one is truly safe. Through hardships and heartaches, facing the cruel and sometimes ignorant rules imposed by those in power, the common people know that nothing in life is guaranteed other than their inner ability to face each situation head-on. The main themes are gender roles, the violence of the times, and attitudes about healing.