Song for Eloise

Author(s): Leigh Sauerwein


At fifteen, Eloise is married off to a man twice her age and taken to his forlorn castle in the mountains. Thomas, a trobar (troubadour), and his companion, a juggler known as Babel, 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, Eloise and Thomas, separated as children, reunite. Ultimately freed from her marriage to Robert by his death, it is however too late for Eloise and Thomas - their love seems doomed, as well in this tragic, but realistic story of broken hearts.


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A vivid and realistic story of medieval times and passion which brings the 12th century world to life. Perfect for anyone studying the period.Beautifully written in spare and lyrical prose.True to its time and yet universal in its portrayal of love, loyalty and loss.

'Through clear, descriptive prose, Sauerwein beautifully interweaves the history of the time into her spare tale of love and loss. Despite its brevity, the number of characters and perspectives make this a challenging read. This absorbing story is a fine choice for an interdisciplinary study of the time.' School Library Journal 'A superbly crafted tapestry of medieval heartbreak.' Kirkus Reviews 'An incisive poetic writer, Sauerwein (The Way Home) populates this novel of 12th century France with dynamic, memorable characters that illuminate the setting without compromising their dimension or believability.' Publishers Weekly

Leigh Sauerwein, a native of the United States, has lived for the last thirty years in France. She is a professional writer and translator and has published extensively for children. Her first book in English, The Way Home, received considerable acclaim.

General Fields

  • : 9780747578130
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : October 2006
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Leigh Sauerwein
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 813.54
  • : 144