Book 3 of the multi-award-winning Historical Fiction series The Troubadours Quartet
1152 Les Baux de Provence
Which side should Dragonetz choose in a civil war? His choice determines who wins.
Estela and her lover, Dragonetz, are embroiled in two rival claims for power as their feuding liege lords gather in Provence, seeking to enlist Dragonetz' sword. While he plays peacemaker, Estela fosters alliances in her own way, through her musical skills and knowledge of Arabic medicine.
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 and Dragonet is a very eligible bachelor.
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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Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction
Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards
'Very accomplished historical fiction.' The Historical Novel Society
'Page-turning intrigue in the best historical fiction tradition' - J.G. Harlond, The Chosen Man