'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
'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
'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
'A stunning masterpiece of tangled alliances, conflicting loyalties and tested love.'Kristin Gleeson, the Celtic Knot Series
'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
'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
'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
From the Author
I was reading books of troubadour poetry when this statement caught my attention. 'Rumour says that there was a female troubadour touring the south of France with a large white dog.' I'm a writer, I live in the south of France, with a large white dog who is the seventh of this wonderful breed to own me. How could I not write Estela's story? And then I fell in love with Dragonetz and things got out of hand...
The more I research the 12th century, the more I find out that challenges some preconceived ideas. Troubadours were the rock stars of the middle ages and my Troubadours series shows their lifestyle; sex, drugs and 12th century ballads. They were also involved in politics at a high level, passing the news from one court to another, and putting their own spin on it.
I also discovered the stories of some incredibly powerful women, Alienor of Aquitaine, Ermengarda of Narbonne, Queen Melisende of Jerusalem, who all appear in the series. Dragonetz and Estela are fictional but they live in the real world of the 12th century, where real historical characters play out the grand dramas of the age. Enjoy the time travel!