Song at Dawn

Song at Dawn : 1150 in Provence

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Winner of the Global Ebook Award for Best Historical Fiction 'Believable, page-turning and memorable.' Lela Michael, S.P. Review

1150 in Provence

On the run from abuse, Estela wakes in a ditch with only her lute, her amazing voice, and a dagger hidden in her underskirt. Her talent finds a patron in Aliénor of Aquitaine and more than a music tutor in the Queen's finest troubadour and Commander of the Guard, Dragonetz los Pros.

Weary of war, Dragonetz uses Jewish money and Moorish expertise to build that most modern of inventions, a papermill, arousing the wrath of the Church. Their enemies gather, ready to light the political and religious powder-keg of medieval Narbonne.

Set in the period following the Second Crusade, Jean Gill's spellbinding romantic thrillers evoke medieval France with breathtaking accuracy. The characters leap off the page and include amazing women like Eleanor of Aquitaine and Ermengarda of Narbonne, who shaped history in battles and in bedchambers.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 19mm | 381g
  • France
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 2955010138
  • 9782955010136
  • 2,244,990

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'The first book in The Troubadours Quartet is 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 'Fascinating history - terrific plot.' Brian Wilkerson, Trickster Eric Novels Blogger 'Page-turning intrigue in the best historical fiction tradition.' J.G. Harlond, The Chosen Man 'Wonderful! If you love historical romance and adventure, you must pick up this series!' Autumn Birt, The Rise of The Fifth Order 'A stunning masterpiece of tangled alliances, conflicting loyalties and tested love.' Kristin Gleeson, the Celtic Knot Series 'Exquisitely written historical fiction.' Elizabeth Horton-Newton, View from the Sixth Floor 'A fabulous historical novel which vividly brings alive the medieval era.' Karen Charlton, the Detective Lavender Mysteries 'Jean Gill weaves a rich tapestry in this evocative, historical novel set in 12th Century France.' Moonyeen Blakey, The Assassin's Wife 'A great book! The story is so engaging, full of political issues, enemies armed with crossbow, poison and fire, hot gossip from the ladies-in-waiting, the list is endless.' 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 'Jean Gill is the master of historical intrigue.' C.M.T. Stibbe, Chasing Pharoahs 'One of the best historical novels I've read in a long time.' Paul Trembling, Dragonslayer 'This story has it all from history to love.' Shirley McLain, Dobyn's Chronicles 'Jean Gill masterfully weaves this fictional tale with accurate medieval history in a way that I have not experienced in a long time. All at once, I am surrounded by knights, crusades, and Templar politics... Her writing is as lyrical as the songs her characters sing.' B.J. Tiernan, Standing on a Whale
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660 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 27% (175)
4 35% (230)
3 27% (181)
2 7% (48)
1 4% (26)
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