A Song for Arbonne

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HarperCollins UK, Feb 10, 2011 - Fiction - 640 pages
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Based on the troubadour culture that rose in Provence during the High Middle Ages, this panoramic, absorbing novel beautifully creates an alternate version of the medieval world.

The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is rent by a feud between its two most powerful dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long-dead Aelis, lover of one, wife of the other and once heir to the country's throne.

To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose inhabitants worship the militant god Corannos and are ruled by corrupt, womanizing King Ademar. His chief advisor, the high priest of Corannos, is determined to irradicate the worship of a female deity, whose followers live to the south.

Into this cauldron of brewing disaster comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes service with Bertran and averts an attempt on his life. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a claim for sanctuary by his sister-in-law sets the stage for a brutal clash between the two cultures. Intertwined is the tale of a young woman troubadour whose role suggests the sweep of the drama to come.

 

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User Review  - briandarvell - LibraryThing

I found the book to be ok but full of clichés and standard plot items without much new. The writing was of good quality and I liked the concept/idealism of the Arbonne province surrounded by others of ... Read full review

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

Kay's take on the Provençal culture of troubadour and courtly love of the Middle Ages. Very good book. Blaise the well-fleshed out mercenary hero from Gorhaut, a rival kingdom of Arbonne fights on the ... Read full review

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Guy Gavriel Kay was born and raised in Canada. In 1974-5 he spent a year in Oxford assisting Christopher Tolkien in his editorial construction of J R R Tolkien’s posthumously published THE SILMARILLION. He took a law degree at the University of Toronto on his return to Canada and was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. Guy Gavriel Kay lives in Toronto.

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