Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence

Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence

Jean Gill / Oct 22, 2020

Song at Dawn in Provence in ProvenceOn 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 Ali Enor of Aquitaine and than

  • Title: Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence
  • Author: Jean Gill
  • ISBN: 9782955010136
  • Page: 168
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1150 in ProvenceOn 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 Ali Enor of Aquitaine and 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 th1150 in ProvenceOn 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 Ali Enor of Aquitaine and 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 paper mill, 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.

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      • Jean Gill

        Jean Gill is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with two scruffy dogs, a beehive named Endeavour , a Nikon D750 and a man For many years, she taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary headteacher in Carmarthenshire She is mother or stepmother to five children so life was hectic.Publications are varied, including prize winning poetry and novels, military history, translated books on dog training, and a cookery book on goat cheese With Scottish parents, an English birthplace and French residence, she can usually support the winning team on most sporting occasions.Sign up for Jean s newsletter at jeangill for updates and a free book If you review one of Jean s books you can add a dog to Jean s Readers Dogs Hall of Fame on her website Contact Jean at jeanll wanadoo with comments or questions She loves to hear from readers.


    1. This was my second book by Jean Gill. After reading No Bed of Roses, I made it a point of reading more by the author. Naturally, I was going to love it and so I did. When an exciting plot is written with an equally excellent writing style, the result you get is books like Song at Dawn. Historical Fiction is one of my favorite genres and I was glad to encounter with a wonderful book such as this. Since the beginning, you are on the edge of your toes to confront what occurs next. There was mystery [...]

    2. "She remembered that she had a plan but the girl who made it was dead. Had to be dead and stay dead. So who was she now? She needed a name."When you see these opening lines in a book, you can't help but take the book in your hands and stay away from the rest of the world for a while.Historical Fiction being one of my favourite genre, I had an exciting time with Song at Dawn.Breathtaking plot, believable characters, marvelous narration had a spellbinding effect on me.You read the book and acknowl [...]

    3. Rating: 3.5/5Song at Dawn is the first instalment in a romantic thriller series entitled The Troubadours Quartet written by Welsh author Jean Gill and it is set in medieval Occitania after the Second Crusade. In short, we follow Estela de Matin, a sixteen-year-old girl, who ran away from an abusive household, in order to start afresh and forget her past. For the first time in Estela’s life, luck is on her side because she encounters Aliénor of Aquitaine, the Queen of France, and her entourage [...]

    4. Spell-binding and highly entertaining. Song at Dawn, first and FREE book of 'The Troubadours Quartet' is set in 1150 in Provence, France. It is the “troubadour era”, and the period following the Second Crusade, and follows the adventures of the young Estela de Matin.Fleeing abuse, Estela is found in a ditch by Aliénor of Aquitaine (Queen of France at the time), who, impressed with Estela’s beautiful singing voice and lute skills, welcomes the girl into her court. Aliénor takes Estela to [...]

    5. Here's the deal. I read about 25 pages of the Kindle sample, which was more than enough. But I really made up my mind in the first two pages.Many readers have triggers that keep them from either reading a book at all or finishing it when they encounter something that is beyond uncomfortable. Those triggers can be foul language, graphic sex, adultery, child abuse, or something that upsets only a particular reader.My only trigger is animal abuse, specifically with regard to dogs. So when this Estr [...]

    6. 'Song at Dawn' by Jean Gill is a fabulous historical novel.It is the story of Estela, a gifted young musician, who is swept up into the retinue of one my favourite historical characters of all time: Aliénor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine. Then the Queen of France, the cultured Aliénor takes Estela on a visit to the court of Ermengarde, Viscomtesse of Narbonne, where the natural talent of the beautiful girl is tutored by the dashing Knight and troubadour, Dragonetz.Rich in historical detail, this novel [...]

    7. Set in 1150, during the height of the troubadour era, this novel is about a young girl who calls herself Estela de Matin, who finds herself thrust into the service of the charismatic Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124-1204), who at the time of this novel, was Queen of France. (She became Queen of England two years later with her marriage to Henry of Anjou aka Henry II of England.)The best part about this novel is the beginning. Immediately, we are thrust into a mystery. What is a nicely brought-up girl [...]

    8. I really liked Song at Dawn by Jean Gill. I really love the time period and try and read anything that comes out like this . Song at Dawn really gave me a feel of what it was like to be at court around the time of the crusades. It tells us just how much intrigue was present even among performers and servants. I liked all the characters and thought the romance was very realistic and believable.The story was very interesting and was well written and researched . I would recomend this book to anyon [...]

    9. Firstly, historical fiction is my favourite genre and I particularly like medieval history. I have read a few books about Eleanor of Aquitaine and was looking forward to reading this. I really enjoyed most of it but sadly was spoiled by the ending which just seemed to fizzle out.

    10. ‘Day is nigh…we must be parted’So sings the troubadour leaving his beloved’s bed as the sun’s rays turn the sky to pale rose and gold. The only thing I wanted to do when I finished ‘Song at Dawn’ was to download Book 2 in the series and find out what happens next in the enthralling love story of Estela and Dragonetz. Review it? No time! I was hooked, a 12th century history junkie, transported to Occitania, caught up in this medieval French version of ‘Game of Thrones’, or, as a [...]

    11. This is the first book in The Troubadours Quartet series and it certainly won't be my last - I absolutely loved it. I do love historical fiction but I've never read anything set in the medieval period; I feel like I've learned so much along the way as all I ever knew of Eleanor of Aquitaine was that she was Richard the Lionheart's mother. So this book was a real treat for me.It's hard to get to grips with the medieval French names at first but it's surprising how familiar they become so quickly. [...]

    12. Song at Dawn is historical fiction at it’s absolute finest. You will immediately be entranced and in love with everything about this book. Setting the scene in 12th Century France, Jean Gill paints an incredible picture of life at the time. It’s the perfect pairing of history, romance and mystery. To describe this novel in a word: Masterful.Dragonetz los Pros is Commander of the Guard to Queen Alienor of Aquitaine. In addition to acquiring this noble status of Knight at such a young age, Dra [...]

    13. Writing about the 12th century and doing it with authenticity is a daunting task. Jean Gill has stepped up to the challenge and achieved success in “Song at Dawn: 1150 in Provence”, Book One in the Troubadour Series. Blending true events with the imagined experiences of both real and fictional historical characters, Gill has created a story that takes hold and won’t let go. From the moment Estela, her lute, and her canine companion Nici awake in a ditch my attention was focused on their ad [...]

    14. Song At Dawn is the perfect title for this literary masterpiece. The story takes place in southern France in the twelfth century following the second Crusade. This was a time when strong women ruled, specifically Alienor of Aquitane and Ermengarde of Narbonne.The story is told with a careful balance of violence, deception, romance, honor, and the will to fight for that honor. Author Jean Gill masterfully weaves this fictional tale with accurate Medieval history in a way that I have not experienc [...]

    15. I really enjoyed reading “A Song at Dawn” by Jean Gill. Any book that has something to do with Eleanor of Aquitaine grabs my interest right away. I also thought the author’s writing style had a nice flow to it, which made it easy to read. I thought the intrigue in the novel between the characters was interesting, and it kept me interested and the suspense in the story kept me reading to find out what would happen next. There were some really great and unexpected twists within the novel, wh [...]

    16. The book is an interesting and easy read due largely to the author's excellent writing mechanics. The main characters are fictitious, but they carry the story lines in good fashion. The historical aspects of the book interested me most. The book is set in the 12th century in the south of France where Jews, Christians, and Muslims live. My historical take is as follows:1) The Jews, Christians, and Muslims get along until their separate agendas cause disharmony.2) The paper mill and the printing p [...]

    17. It will make you sing at dusk, too!I was told that “Song at Dawn” was a work of historical fiction. I am not so sure. If you just change the names of people, and throw in a televised political debate or two, we could be talking about modern times.That is the joy of this book. The characters are all too human, as are their intrigues. Human passion, desire, greed, and lust know no centuries. And the skill of the author is such that emotions are made timeless, but the historical accuracy is mai [...]

    18. SONG AT DAWN by Jean Gill - a reviewThis is the first in a quartet of novels, though I believe the last is yet to be published.Set in France in 1150, the author tells a tale of a waif found by the roadside who, by dint of a rare talent and patronage, rises in stature and wins the knight of her dreams. But such a precis hadly does it justice; I’ve produced some historical fiction of my own in days gone by, and this is exactly the sort of rich, meaty, flavoursome novel I was trying to write.If y [...]

    19. This was a very interesting story set in southern France in 1149. I'm more familiar with English history in these early centuries so this was new to me. There was a lot of political, cultural history in this story and of the relationships between the Christian, the Jews and the Moors (not good back then either). The story was complex with all the royal intrigue, the back-stabbing and the disagreements between the various lords/viscounts of the individual fiefdoms. I liked the characters and the [...]

    20. Started out below averageThe book is not well written and moves at an incredibly slow pace. I was willing to try and finish it since the summary sounded exciting. I got about 75% into the book and then BAM sex scenes suddenly came out of nowhere. Seriously? It didn’t add anything vital to the development of the characters and I was kind of expecting a clean read (my bad). I’m not going to finish the book; it isn’t worth my time.

    21. Can't believe this book was free; it was that good. This is a very well researched historical romance. I so enjoyed being immersed in 1150 Provence, with all of its intrigues, lifestyles, beliefs, and interesting premises about love and marriage. Marriage is freedom? That's a new concept from the past. Music as media, art, and creativity is the thread that holds this embroidered story together. Characters become real, both historical and fictional. My only problem was understanding the stress of [...]

    22. Fascinating read.Randomly picked up this book-and thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm off to do some research on this time period-I was sometimes a bit lost in the political intrigues of the time. I'll definitely be reading more of Ms. Gill's writing!

    23. I can see why this is a prize winner. First up, let me explain why I downloaded it - part of a collection of fiction, about women, by women, recommended by one of my favourite authors - and my name is Dawn. Obligatory really. However; I usually struggle with historical romance; especially when set in another country and I don't have the shorthand I need. So; this is set in France, about troubadours, intrigue, crusading, religion, politics and love. I expected faux medieval English, scattered wit [...]

    24. Song at DawnA walk through time! That is what it was like to read this fine novel.Set in a period of history when little was recorded due to oppression, this story manages to draw the reader directly into the pages and into the characters heads as surely as if a time machine was used. It is clear that author Jean Gill did her research into the history of this era.We take a fascinating historical journey with a teenage girl named Estela, who is a musician from the 1100’s. She is a fictional cha [...]

    25. Interesting historyI was particularly interested in the interactions between Christians, Jews, and Muslims in this historical fiction story. It is also a love story that was handled well, with none of the trite dialogue in romance books. It could have included more details about daily life in the 1100s

    26. A Trickster Eric Novels reviewJean Gill asked me to read 'Song at Dawn' a while ago. I would call it a 'historical intrigue romance' because that is the order of their importance in the story. When I read the description I was afraid the romance would outweigh the other two but this fear was groundless. There is more than enough history and intrigue to balance it out and a strong enough plot to keep it relevant and no more. I am a history buff and I believe that is why Miss Gill asked me to revi [...]

    27. Lyrical Storytelling At Its' BestThis book is a masterpiece of richly detailed storytelling about post-2nd Crusade Southern France. Ms Gill demonstrates tremendous skill with words, able to convey the sights, sounds and smells of an 1150 court experience without dragging on ad infinitum. Both the main and supporting characters are very well deveoped, with the timeless drives, motivations and desires all humans have - money, respect, love, as well as the darker side. All of the characters have se [...]

    28. Let me say up front that this is a good story. It did take me a few chapters to really get into it (apparently I’m not as into historic fantasy as I thought and often found myself skimming through paragraphs on alliances and lineages), but once I did I was swept along with the characters and the story. I love the setting of Narbonne. The inclusion of a variety of cultures, all persecuted at the time, was fantastic. Ms. Gill interwove respect within the story, even detailing how the Moors were [...]

    29. Gill certainly knows how to weave a provocative tale of romance, plots, intrigue, treason and murder.Songs at Dawn is set, for the most part, in the French city of Narbonne during the 12th Century. The story whisks us away to the court of Queen Aliénor (Eleanor) of Aquitaine. But the crown does not rest easy on Aliénor head. She is unhappy in her marriage and, to make things worse, there is an assassin in the bosom of her court - the question iswho?The story is primarily about a 16-year-old ru [...]

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