Plaint for Provence

Plaint for Provence : 1152: Les Baux

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'FINALIST in The Wishing Shelf Awards
Longlisted for the HNS Indie Novel of the Year 2017
from the Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction



1152: Les-Baux-de-Provence



'By far the best historical fiction I have read this year! - Rabia Tanveer, December 2015, for Readers' Favorite



Summoned to the court of Les Baux, Estela and her lover, Dragonetz, are embroiled in two rival claims for power as their feuding liege lords gather in Provence. Although Estela is reluctant to leave her idyll with her young child Musca, and her pursuit of Arabic medicine, she welcomes the chance to show her musical skills and to support Dragonetz, who must use his swordsmanship to play peacemaker.
The visit of the Comte de Barcelone to Les Baux sparks bitter memories of the recent civil war and Lady Etiennette des Baux has no intention of ceding to her overlord. Nor does she plan to remain a widow. With good friends on both sides, Dragonetz weaves a precarious path through the rival factions at court where an uneasy truce prevails behind the chivalry of hunt and tournament.
Meanwhile, Estela faces her own demons. Confronted with her childhood abusers, threatened and attacked, she confides in her friends. Unfortunately, one of those friends is Dragonetz' worst enemy and Estela has no idea of what he is capable.
In this third volume of the Troubadours Quartet, Jean Gill, the 'master of historical intrigue', continues to weave the gripping adventures of Dragonetz and Estela seamlessly into real historical events. Medieval France comes alive in all its facets, from healing with leeches to training a goshawk.



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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 18mm | 367g
  • France
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 295501012X
  • 9782955010129
  • 2,641,123

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'Jean Gill is the master of historical intrigue' - C.M.T. Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 'Historical Fiction at its best. Rich in historical detail, this novel brings alive all aspects of mediaeval life from the political undertones of the high-born pursuits of hunting and jousting tournaments, to the simpler occupations of the peasants, like bee-keeping' - Karen Charlton, The Detective Lavender Mysteries 'Page-turning intrigue in the best historical fiction tradition' - J.G. Harlond, The Chosen Man 'Exquisitely written historical fiction' - Elizabeth Horton-Newton, View from the Sixth Floor 'I like a book that makes my heart race and 'The Troubadours' did exactly that. It's a great story' - Molly Gambiza, A Woman's Weakness 'Believable, page-turning and memorable' - Lela Michael, S.P. Review 'As soon as I finished this novel, I longed for the next in the series and can't wait to read more from this extremely talented author' - Deb McEwan, Beyond Death This story has it all from history to love - Shirley McLain, Dobyn's Chronicles 'Fascinating history - the plot was terrific' - Brian Wilkinson, Trickster Eric Novels blogger 'A walk through time! That is what it was like to read this fine novel. It drew me into the pages and would not let go of me until done! Bravo for a wonderful read!' - Arwin Blue, By Quill Ink and Parchment Historical Fiction blogger 'One of the best historical novels I've read in a long time' - Paul Trembling, Dragonslayer 'Jean Gill weaves a rich tapestry in this evocative, historical novel set in 12th Century France' - Moonyeen Blakey, The Assassin's Wife 'Fabulous read. Dragonetz is a character worthy of any Dorothy Dunnett fans as are many of the other colourful people that move through this tale. This is a novel I would definitely read many times' - Kristin Gleeson, the Celtic Knot series 'Believable, page-turning and memorable.' Lela Michael, S.P.Review 'Exquisitely written historical fiction.' Elizabeth Horton-Newton, View from the Sixth Floor 'I like a book that makes my heart race and 'The Troubadours' did exactly that. It's a great story.' Molly Gambiza, A Woman's Weakness 'As soon as I finished this novel, I longed for the next in the series and can't wait to read more from this extremely talented author.' Deb McEwan, Beyond Death 'One of the best historical novels I've read in a long time.' Paul Trembling, Dragonslayer 'Fascinating history - the plot was terrific.' Brian Wilkerson, Trickster Eric Novels blogger 'A walk through time! That is what it was like to read this fine novel. It drew me into the pages and would not let go of me until done! Bravo for a wonderful read!' Arwin Blue, By Quill Ink and Parchment Historical Fiction blogger
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104 ratings
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4 29% (30)
3 9% (9)
2 4% (4)
1 3% (3)
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