Two orphans flee for their lives during the last crusade of the French against the Cathar heretics in the Midi. With no knowledge of their past, they are drawn onward to an uncertain future where they face unimaginable peril. Will they discover the secret of their origins and fulfill their destiny?
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"Susanne Dunlap’s sweeping saga captivates readers’ imaginations from the first page, plunging them back into the Languedoc region of France in the 13th Century.... A compelling read for lovers of adventure and romance."
—Anne Easter Smith, author of A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, Royal Mistress
"Dunlap...breathes life into the distant 13th-century setting by providing many everyday, textural details...Poetry and music are as essential to the plot as warfare, with engaging glimpses of trobairitz (female troubadours)...A complex, absorbing, and dramatic start to a planned series."
“The author is both a superb story teller and a rich historian of the period. Its customs and language, castles, troubadours, mountains, thick forests, villages, monasteries, and vineyards come vividly to life as Azemar and Azalaïs find themselves drawn into a path that will shape history.” – Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille: a novel of Monet.
"an engaging tale of escape, secrets, and mental toughness. For those looking for a smartly written captivating read, I highly recommend this first book in the Orphans of Tolosa trilogy." - Book Club Babble
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One of the most interesting things about the period and place Listen to the Wind is set in is the language. It’s Old Occitan, a language that has survived in a ... Read more
13th century facts: Contrary to what you might think, people in the Middle Ages bathed and considered cleanliness important. Some towns in Languedoc had public baths. Women would bathe on their day, men on theirs. Public baths were gradually discouraged by the Catholic Church.
13th century facts: Languedoc was the only place with a troubadour tradition in which women participated equally. All 20 or the trobairitz (women troubadours) who are known to have existed come from that region.
13th century facts: Knights went on crusades for different reasons. Nobles saw the opportunity for enrichment. Another powerful incentive was that the Pope promised forgiveness for all their sins and eternal salvation if they served their forty days on a crusade (their quarantine).
13th century facts: Window glass was in use as far back as the fifth century, and was quite common in upper class and noble households. Stained glass was usually reserved for churches and important public buildings.