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Publisher's Summary

Book 1 of the award-winning historical fiction series The Troubadours Quartet
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  
"Believable, page-turning and memorable." (Lela Michael, S.P. Review)
1150: 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 soar 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, author of the Detective Lavender Mysteries)
©2011, 2015 Jean Gill (P)2018 Jean Gill
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5 out of 5 stars
By Rebecca Azizov on 05-14-18

a beautifully written book

the story was well written and very interesting I love the story very much it was very original the narrator did a great job as well
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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 05-20-18

Beautiful

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. I enjoyed this historical story. It was well written and the many twists and turns that were shown remained true to the time it was set in. The way the characters were presented was interesting. The queen and the music teacher were well developed. I liked the story and was glad to be given the opportunity to listen to it.

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By Melanie Preston Lewis on 05-03-18

Wonderful

I'll start with a disclaimer; I never read historical fiction. I love history and always chose non-fictional history books over fictional stories. Having said that, I enjoyed Song at Dawn hugely. I wasn't really expecting to as I do get frustrated when there are inaccuracies in historical fiction books. Jean Gill has kept a very close line to the true nature of the politics of the time. I highly commend her for the huge amount of diligent research she must have undertaken to get this story so accurate. It was also fascinating to learn about the life of a troubadour, as their role in Royalty's court is not fulsomely documented. Jake Urry provides exquisite narration, and what a task he had, providing voices for female singers as well as the troubadours, French aristocracy and the Jewish and Muslim characters. What an enormous and overwhelming challenge this must have been. Mr Urry rose to the occasion and must be congratulated on his success with so many difficult roles.
Am I a convert to historical fiction? Will I now be adding it to the list of genres I will read? Honestly, no, I like my history completely factual, even though I appreciate this makes me sound like an old curmudgeon! I will however be looking out for the next in this excellent series. If I'm going to break out of my comfort zone, it can only be with a writer who exhibits high standards and class, and Ms Gill is certainly that writer. Felicitations all round!
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