Book 1 of the multi-award-winning Historical Fiction series The Troubadours Quartet
'Believable, page-turning and memorable.' Lela Michael, S.P. Review
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.
'Historical Fiction at its best.' Karen Charlton, the Detective Lavender Mysteries
Historical Novel Society Editor's Choice
Winner of the Global Ebooks Award for Best Historical Fiction
Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Awards and the Chaucer Awards
Customer ReviewsSee All
A Treat for Those who Love History, Drama, Romance and The Poetry of the Troubadours
Historic intrigue, cultural clashes, conspiracy and love - Song at Dawn provides the reader with all of these and more. The heroine is given a rags to riches opportunity through her musical talent, only to find there is much more to learn to survive. The 12th Century setting is in an area where Christians, Jews and Moslems cross paths and try to coexist. The power conflicts between the royalty and the Church are underscored by gender biases as well. The author brings the characters to life, providing the reader an insight into an era as well as an interest in the fates of the young troubadour and those who befriend her.
Song At Dawn
A fascinating story of 12th century France and the affects of a disastrous crusade.
Fantastic medieval setting
I really enjoyed this. Wonderfully researched historical fiction that really immerses you in the 12th century.