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Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence (The Troubadours Quartet Book 1) by [Gill, Jean]
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Editorial Reviews


'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

'This novel is a bit later than my normal expertise, the ancient Greco-Roman world, especially the Roman Republic and Early Empire. I have worked with a number of historical novel writers on their projects in these areas, before or after publication. As far as my knowledge in Song's world goes, everything rings true. In the matter of characters and plot, I liked the book a lot. Characters were well presented and very varied. The plot moved well, with twists and turns, some predictable and some surprising. I recommend this book as a good read, but also one with a pleasing weight to it.' Fred Mench, Professor of Classics, Emeritus, Richard Stockton University (NJ)

'Believable, page-turning and memorable.' Lela Michael, S.P.Review

'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

'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

Visit the Troubadours facebook page and have fun with the TVTrope page

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!
Jean Gill's publications
The Troubadours Quartet
Book 4 Song Hereafter (The 13th Sign) 2017
Book 3 Plaint for Provence (The 13th Sign) 2015
Book 2 Bladesong (The 13th Sign) 2015
Book 1 Song at Dawn (The 13th Sign ) 2015
Someone to Look Up To: a dog's search for love and understanding (The 13th Sign) 2016
Love Heals
Book 2 More Than One Kind (The 13th Sign) 2016
Book 1 No Bed of Roses (The 13th Sign) 2016
Looking for Normal  (teen fiction/fact)
Book 1 Left Out (The 13th Sign) 2017
Book 2 Fortune Kookie (The 13th Sign) 2017
How Blue is my Valley (The 13th Sign 2016
A Small Cheese in Provence (The 13th Sign) 2016
Faithful through Hard Times (The 13th Sign 2018
4.5 Years - war memoir by David Taylor (The 13th Sign) 2017
Short Stories and Poetry
One Sixth of a Gill (The 13th Sign) 2014
From Bed-time On (National Poetry Foundation) 1996
With Double Blade (National Poetry Foundation) 1988
Translation (from French)
The Last Love of Edith Piaf - Christie Laume (Archipel) 2014
A Pup in Your Life - Michel Hasbrouck 2008
Gentle Dog Training - Michel Hasbrouck (Souvenir Press) 2008

Product details

  • File Size: 4568 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The 13th Sign (January 12, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005ZCEH2K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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