@lonelygod - I went to a Renaissance Faire over the summer and some of the performers were performing music on authentic instruments used in medieval times, such as the lute. There is something very striking about seeing a troubador with a lute instrument and it made me want to buy a lute. Then I found out that they are actually hard to play, due to the high number of strings and the lute's tuning being especially difficult, so I wasn't so sure. It seems like an instrument that needs a unusually high amount of effort in order to master.
If you live in England there is an organization called the Lute Society which promotes the lute. There's a lute page for those who want to purchase lutes as well as find teachers.