Song for Eloise by Leigh Sauerwein

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This colorful tale of love and loss is set in France at the end of the 12th century. It is the time of the troubadours and of the Sixth Crusade. Young Eloise is given in marriage to a loyal vassal and has gone to live in his castle. Her uncle, John, just back from the fifth crusade, seeks penance in an abbey where he illuminates manuscripts and longs to fresco the altars. Thomas, the troubadour, and his companion, Babel, the juggler, make their way from village to village, from tavern to castle, singing and entertaining. While peasants work the fields, knights hunt and fight and joust, monks pray the hours of the day, and the seasons turn, Lady Eloise and Thomas, devoted friends separated as children, reunite across an inseparable divide. Song for Eloise conveys all the pageantry of medieval life, evoking the mystery and wonder of that long ago time, imbuing it with the passion of timeless romance.

About Leigh Sauerwein

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Leigh Sauerwein is a native of the United States and has lived for the last 20 years in France She is a professional writer and translator and has published extensively for children. Her first book in English, The Way Home (FSG 1994), was published in the United States to considerable acclaim. Also by Leigh Sauerwein The Way Home illustrated by Miles Hyman Strong, unadorned prose. Publishers Weekly Spare beauty. Booklist Beautifully crafted The Horn Book Gracefully written. Kirkus Reviews
Published October 1, 2003 by Front Street. 133 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel, Romance. Fiction

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Religious rituals, references to famous medieval stories, and ongoing reminders of seasonal change (“In August, the night is ten hours long, the day fourteen”) mournfully broaden this short, complex piece beyond its own specifics.

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Song for Eloise by Leigh Sauerwein 144pp, Bloomsbury, £5.99 When I was a bookseller we had a game to idle away the odd quiet moment at the till on a Saturday.

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Most grippingly, she tells of Thomas, a troubadour, whose childhood love for Eloise is dangerously rekindled when he comes to Robert's court.

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Historical Novel Society

Every sentence creates a window into which the reader can look to experience life in this bygone world revealed.

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