Review of Troubadour by Mary Hoffman

Elinor is in love with Bertran, a troubadour. But her parents will not hear of the match and Elinor is to be married to an elderly nobleman. Fearing the prospect of an unhappy and loveless marriage, she flees her castle to find Bertran, unaware that southern France is on the eve of a terrible war...

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This is one of the most incredibly boring stories I have ever read. Essentially it’s a history lesson with a very clich├ęd plot that is barely mentioned due to every other paragraph just going on about the war. I love history but I nearly fell asleep, ended up skim reading the last 100 pages (didn’t miss anything important, story ended exactly how I expected).
Elinor is a very spoilt character, naturally I can understand why a 13 year old girl wouldn't want to marry a guy in his forties but the way she tries (unsuccessfully) to commit suicide was rather hilarious.
The role of a Joglar, or a Joglaresa was one of the most interesting parts of the book but unfortunately even this failed to entertain me.

2/5

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