Regular price: £22.89

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – choose any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • After your trial, Audible is just £7.99/month
OR
In Basket

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

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Performance

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    0
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

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!
1 like

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Heather North
  • 01-07-18

Great!

Great listen with a fantastic narrator! I received a review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 14-05-18

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
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Victoria Palmer's Review.
  • 30-06-18

Victoria Palmer's Review.

Hidden mysteries and agendas, the hidden catacombs of Court Intregue with a young, innocent woman caught in it's web and an illfated romance who through all, keeps her head up and spirit strong. Enhanced and brought to stunning life by the narration of Jake Urry. A wonderful story to get lost in as you lose your heart. Well done.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Margaret
  • 27-05-18

Who is behind it all?

The book begins with a young girl on the run, the consort of the King of France and her guard Dragonetz. From here we get intrigue, espionage, romance, unrequited love, attempted assassinations, unclear alliances, deception, and conflicts of interest. Enough to keep most readers happy. There is not a lot of time spent detailing life in this time period, yet the way the book is written it does give the reader an understanding of the times. This book reminds me of Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.

This is the first book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would definitely listen to another.

This is the second book I’ve listened to by this narrator and I would love to listen to another. He reads at a pace I easily listened on 1.5x speed and his pronunciation was clear enough to allow this. There are several women in the story, and although the women’s voices were well done, I found the choice for the Estela was not quite right. Her’s was the deepest and most sultry out of them all. His overall tone and cadence while narrating lends a romantic tone to the entire story.

There are no explicit sex scenes, excessive violence or swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 20-05-18

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.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • April H.
  • 08-05-18

Song At Dawn

Song at Dawn
: Jean Gill

A historical fiction that takes the listener to the period following the Second Crusade, set in Provence, France around 1150. The many and varied characters seem to have some of the same experiences as their more modern counterparts. I liked it, but I had a hard time keeping the characters straight.



The narration was well done. The characters were well portrayed by Jake Urry.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.