Troubadour, Paperback
2.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


This is a story of persecution and poetry, love and war set in thirteenth century southern France.

A troubadour, Bertran, witnesses the brutal murder of the Pope's legate, and risks his life to warn others of the war that he knows is certain to follow this act.

The lands of the peaceable Cathars - deemed heretics - are now forfeit and under threat from crusaders who have been given authority by the Pope to take the Cathar domains by force.

But the Pope is trying to track Bertran down and so is somebody else: Elinor, a young noblewoman, in love with Bertran but facing a loveless arranged marriage, flees her family and becomes a minstrel herself.

Soon both Bertran and Elinor find themselves enveloped in a rising tide of bloodshed that threatens the very fabric of their society.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical
  • ISBN: 9780747592525



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I like the beginning of Troubadour, though it can sometimes be a bit confusing. In my opinion, the author wrote too much about the war, and not enough about the characters.

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This could have been a fascinating novel about the Cathars. Unfortunately, the characters are wooden and not engaging.

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It's thirteenth century Southern France and Elinor, a young noblewoman, has little say in her own future. She is secretly in love with a much older Troubadour called Bertrand. Bertrand is travelling extensively to warn others of the crusaders who are sweeping through the country and attacking those who don't share their religion. He is a member of a religious sect that the powerful Catholic church wants to destroy. After being promised in marriage to an old man Elinor runs away disguised as boy and a troubadour.Their story continues as Bertrand and Elinor separately journey through a land at war.