by Hoffman, Mary, 1945-

Format: Print Book 2009
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A story of persecution and poetry, love and war set in 13th century Southern France. As crusaders sweep through the country, destroying all those who do not follow their religion, Bertrand risks his life to warn others of the invasion. As a troubadour, Bertrand can travel without suspicion from castle to castle, passing word about the coming danger. In the meantime Elinor, a young noblewoman, in love with Bertrand, leaves her comfortable home and family and becomes a troubadour herself. Danger encircles them both, as the rising tide of bloodshed threatens the fabric of the society in which they live.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Hoffman, the author of the popular Stravaganza series, explores life in thirteenth-century Occitania in this challenging, plot-rich novel set during the Albigensian Crusade. When thirteen-year-old Elinor de Sévignan, the daughter of a nobleman, discovers that she is to be wed to a much older, ill-suited match, she secretly flees with a band of traveling minstrels. Disguised as a boy, Elinor enjoys performing songs for the nobles of southern France and hopes that her new life will reunite her with the dashing troubadour she pines for. However, history is not on Elinor's side. The French army is moving through the region with the aim of stamping out the Cathars, a religious sect to which both the troubadour and members of Elinor's family belong. As the crusaders plunder and brutalize, Elinor makes a grueling passage to Italy, where she begins to cope with the atrocities of the siege and piece together a life and romance of her own choosing. Fans of the author's Stravaganza series and the superb Falconer's Knot may find the pacing of this novel a bit slow to start, but lovers of historical fiction will delight in its wealth of detail.--McKulski, Kristen Copyright 2009 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Troubadours -- Juvenile fiction.
Sex role -- Juvenile fiction.
Albigenses -- Juvenile fiction.
Crusades -- Juvenile fiction.
Middle Ages -- Juvenile fiction.
Troubadours -- Fiction.
Sex role -- Fiction.
Albigenses -- Fiction.
Crusades -- Fiction.
Middle Ages -- Fiction.
Languedoc (France) -- History -- 13th century -- Juvenile fiction.
France -- History -- Philip II Augustus, 1180-1223 -- Juvenile fiction.
Languedoc (France) -- History -- 13th century -- Fiction.
France -- History -- Philip II Augustus, 1180-1223 -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :Bloomsbury,2009
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Language English
Description 290 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9781599903675
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