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Babylonne (Pagan Chronicles #5)

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  366 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Exotic and exciting, this unflinching coming-of-age tale featuring a headstrong heroine weaves a vivid tapestry of life in the Middle Ages.

Early thirteenth-century Languedoc is a place of valor, violence, and persecution. At age sixteen, Babylonne has survived six bloody sieges. She's tough, resourceful, and — now that her strict aunt and abusive grandmother intend to marr
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 11th 2008 by Candlewick press (first published 2006)
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Jul 23, 2010 AH rated it liked it
Recommends it for: young adult
3.5 stars

I inadvertently discovered Catherine Jinks last fall when I read The Reformed Vampire Support Group. Since then, I have been looking for any other books that she has written and pick them up at every opportunity.

Babylonne is a very different young adult book. Set in the Middle Ages, our young heroine (Babylonne) is an orphan living a very difficult life. She is under the care of her grandmother, who beats and torments her regularly. Babylonne’s people are very religious, fanatical, almo
Jennifer Wardrip
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BABYLONNE, by Catherine Jinks, is the story of a sixteen-year-old girl in early thirteenth-century Languedoc.

It is a time of war, persecution, and religious controversy. Jinks' knowledge of the era as a scholar lends a truth and vividness to the coming-of-age tale of a young, feisty girl in the middle of a war. She is able to paint everything from the sights, sounds, and smells of monasteries to the sights, sounds, and smells of wars and infirm
May 31, 2008 Lynn rated it really liked it
Babylonne is Pagan's daughter and this story takes place in her 17th year in 1277 when she runs away from the grandmother and aunt who took her in after her mother's death. Babylonne never knew her father but she has inherited his irreverant spirit and is also a memorable character. I enjoyed this a lot but I think teens who know little of French history might be confused. For the right teen and those who read all the Pagan books, this is a rewarding and enjoyable story. Jinks, as always, pulls ...more
This book is set in the era of the crusades, and brings us a story about a teen who has been raised to believe that she is a child of rape, illegitimate, and dishonorable due to her birth. She is abused, mistreated, illfed and generally shunned except when work needs to be done.

She decides to run away and find someone who is happy to have her around, and although I didn't agree with her destination, I did agree with her decision. Along the way she finds out that her world is not what she though
Savannah Andrea Smith
I'm a total sucker for Medieval fiction, but as I began reading Babylonne, I knew this was going to be something I would not like. Although I did love her sarcastic, tom-boyish personality, I absolutely hated how gross and disgusting the world she lived in was described. I felt sick at some points in the book. I will say the ending was a very good ending, and I also commend Ms. Jinks in that she did not through in a knight in shining armor, and still had a satisfying ending that I felt good abou ...more
This book is a companion to the Pagan series and it's also marvelous. I loved the gradual friendship between Babylonne and Isidore (yes, a grown-up Isidore is in this book). The ending was a bit rushed; the book didn't feel quite finished. Otherwise, it was perfect.
I read the first four Pagan novels when I was younger and loved them, particularly the narrative style. I didn't realise a 5th novel had been released in the series - it would be good to reread them all from the first one again and then read this one.
Jan 16, 2013 Mara rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Divided. On the one hand, I always like covers that indicate what sort of story the book is going to be. But I don’t like the character impersonator, especially since Babylonne is half Arab, and that girl clearly isn’t.

Characters: Babylonne is like the female version of Pagan Kidrouk, which makes sense, since she’s his daughter. She’s got his snarkiness, his penchant for finding trouble (and just like Pagan, it really isn’t her fault that so many bad things happen to her;
Lady Knight
A sort-of fifth book of the "Pagan Chronicles" and yet a stand alone novel, "Babylonne" (also known as "Pagan's Daughter") was good, but not nearly as good as the books that featured Pagan.

Babylonne is Pagan's sixteen year old illegitimate daughter. She has grown up believing that her Perfect mother (a Cathar) was raped by a Roman priest (Catholic), that she was the sinful result and that she barely deserved to live. Growing up in a Cathar household, Babylonne is forbidden anything that might h
Lady Knight
A sort-of fifth book of the "Pagan Chronicles" and yet a stand alone novel, "Babylonne" was good, but not nearly as good as the books that featured Pagan.

Babylonne is Pagan's sixteen year old illegitimate daughter. She has grown up believing that her Perfect mother (a Cathar) was raped by a Roman priest (Catholic), that she was the sinful result and that she barely deserved to live. Growing up in a Cathar household, Babylonne is forbidden anything that might have been, or could be, the result of
Apr 08, 2012 Turtlelove.jcs rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who want to know about the middle ages
Recommended to Turtlelove.jcs by: the librarian
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Adam Hall
Nov 27, 2012 Adam Hall rated it liked it
The book Babylonne, by Catherine Jinks, tells the story of a young teenage girl by the name of Babylonne. Babylonne never knew her father, and never had any desire to, for she believed that he had raped her mother and then left her to raise the child on her own. In the same way, Babylonne never really had a chance to get to know here mother either, for she was killed by Sir Mumfort of France for her Heretic beliefs. Babylonne, orphaned and alone, is left only her abusive grandmother and aunt as ...more
Angela Sunde
Oct 19, 2012 Angela Sunde rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
I'm giving Babylonne a 5. It's the first book I've read by Jinks and I found her style engaging and accessible. My copy recommends it to readers aged 12 and up, and, with the protagonist being 16 years old, the target readership is young YA. For that reason, (unlike other reviewers wanting sex and romance) I did not expect more than it delivered.
Violence in the novel is kept under check (considering it's the Cathar Crusade and blood-hungry mercenaries roam the countryside) with Babylonne hearin
Dec 21, 2011 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found the book easy to read and engaging, however the way it was written kind of annoyed me. It was in first person, which I do like, but the author wrote in a way that for some reason I didn't like. Here, let me give you a quote:

"Aaagh! Speaking of clouts, my nose is a mess. Throb, throb, throb. (Navarre can't seem to look at me without hitting me anymore.)"

I don't like the way she uses onomatopoeic words, and I also have something against brackets. I don't know why but for some reason it see
Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
Plot summary: Babylonne is 16, and her aunt wants her to marry an elderly man who thinks he's an olive. Raised with some bizarre religious beliefs, Babylonne decides to run away. But can she trust the priest who's been following her, and who claims to be a friend of her father's - a father she's never met?

Thoughts: I loved the Pagan books as a teenager. Reading this - which is written in a very similar voice - was like coming back to them again. But where Pagan was funny and a joy to read, Babyl
Jun 27, 2014 Ally rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
Okay, I'll tell you that this is a very boring book. Yes, there are a few bad words and curses, plus a Crusade-like feeling to Babylonne, but honestly, it was very boring. I couldn't read the entire book. I was just so bored.

First of all, the writing is boring. How the main character, Babylonne, talks is very annoying. She always uses "I" and never describes things the easier way. She is all like "I see..." instead of "The priest..." blah, blah, blah. After reading a bunch of "I"s, I have to adm
Jun 29, 2011 Angela rated it liked it
Like the WNBA or Supergirl, the female character spin-off franchise just isn't as good.

The siege of La Becede has nothing on, well, Jerusalem. Or even Carcassone. On the plus side, the "dress up like a boy and run away from an arranged marriage" cliche, though played straight, is surprisingly appealing just from Babylonne's grit, resilience, and surprising lack of wallowing self-pity. Plus, the tongue-in-cheek portrayal of daily communal life (and survival) in the Cathar diaspora is strangely vi
Jan 20, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it
Catherine Jinks has an incredible talent for transporting the reader straight into whatever character and time period she's chosen to write about. "Babylonne" is a sort-of sequel to her Pagan chronicles; it is the story of Pagan's daughter, a feisty, angry Cathar who runs away from home and finds herself in the company of a Christian priest who knew her father. This causes trouble, since she believes that Christian priests are all evil and that her father raped her mother.

And then, well, stuff h
Dec 13, 2009 Art rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone interested in youth in Medieval ages, France, Cathar Revolt
Recommended to Art by: Ms. Susan Bush
Life as a female in the Cathar Revolt, Medieval France.
Nothing like " A KNights Tale or "BlackNight" or "Arthur" maybe closer to "Gathering Blue", Lois Lowry, Midwife's Apprentice; Catherine Cookson; or WolF Roland or the "Last Trumpter of Krackow"!

Interesting story of the Cathar Revolt told by a young lady who was the result of a Noble man and a Nun or Lady of Royality as a nun. This story is set in Medieval France besieged by savage warfare and liveihood. The young lady, Babylonne is abused by
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Nov 24, 2013 Sarahz rated it liked it
Again, I liked the new narrator's character, but it feels like a bit of a retread of the previous one, since we spend so much of the book with them mistrusting and fighting against someone that we know to be a good guy.

Also, while I feel like it's historically accurate, these two books are very dark. Life at that time (the 13th century) was short, dirty, and brutal, and the book fully reflects this. These characters don't get to be heroes and save the day - they barely manage to save their own
Feb 15, 2012 Jocke rated it really liked it
I would probably have given this 5 stars if it weren't coming after the first 4 books in the Pagan Chronicles series. I love Jinks' writing and this series as a whole, but my one significant issue with this concluding story is that Babylonne is honestly just a stand-in for Pagan. She's almost exactly like her father when he was her age. It makes it difficult to think of her as a unique character in and of herself. It was nice to read about a young girl living in this tumultuous time period after ...more
Dec 03, 2008 Jenny rated it liked it
Babylonne's mother was a Cathar martyred in the perpetual battles in France in the 1100's, but Babylonne isn't cut from the same cloth. She chafes under the restrictions placed on her by her aunt and grandmother, and when they threaten to marry her to an old man, she runs away. Fortunately, she is found by a Roman Catholic priest, Isidore, who knew her father and considers her safety his responsibility. Babylonne is afraid of him, but she learns to trust him as they travel together, but their ti ...more
Apr 27, 2012 Sammy rated it really liked it
Shelves: medieval, war
I think that Babylonne is one of my favourite female characters(heroines) simply because she's so resilient and not nearly as self-obsessed as some of them are. She certainly has spunk, or as my friend would say, she has swag.
Isidore (unusual name) seems very kind. I did not read any of the Pagan series so I don't have much background on any of this but he seems very devout, clever, and quick on to think on his feet.
Babylonne's "family" at the beginning are just horrible. I mean, locking her in
Aug 25, 2010 Riv rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't completely hate historical fiction
(Also titled Pagan's Daughter)
I don't like historical fiction. Although fantasy and historical fiction have their similarities (scrolls, torches, palaces, technology in general), I'd rather read about the Wizard War than the Civil War.
Medieval times has even more in common with fantasy, with knights and swords. But the Crusades still don't hold much interest for me.
Then I read Babylonne. It's the companion to Catherine Jinks' books about a knight, Pagan, though I've never read those. Babylonne w
Apr 20, 2009 Lindi rated it liked it
I really enjoyed Babylonne, the story of Pagan Kidrouk's daughter. Pagan stars in his own series by Catherine Jinks, and is a resourceful and funny Moorish Christian fighting in the Crusades. Babylonne is just as resourceful and colorful in her language, making for a fun read. The interesting thing for me, though, was the Crusade she was involved in. It was waged in France, the Roman Catholics against a group of believers who argued that the Pope and the Church corrupted the Holy Word. At first ...more
Set in what is now France, in the 13th century, sixteen-year-old Babylonne is a member of a small ascetic religious sect that few hopes for survival even if they weren't being persecuted, since they didn't believe in marriage. Babylonne is a bastard, and is living with an aunt and her grandmother, and a group of other women and girls in a nunnery. Because they decide that she is "intractable," they plan to marry her off to a man so old that they believe she will be able to uphold their faith's b ...more
May 21, 2011 Renae rated it really liked it
Not much out there with female heroines in the Middle Ages. This was refreshing. I like Jinks' narrative style and the scrappy heroine, Babylonne.
I usually find prolonged battle scenes tedious, but in the case of this book, Jinks manages to convey the length and intensity and horror of the siege amazingly well--I hardly noticed how long it was. Makes me want to go back and read the four novels that precede this, about Babylonne's father. This book clearly stands on its own, but it is also clear
Jul 13, 2010 Kathleen rated it really liked it
A good story. I can certainly see the similarities between Babylonne and her father. It is also interesting that she was raised with different religious beliefs as her father, but she shares her father's looks and difficulty riding horses. As a woman, I think Babylonne was naive as a character than her father was in previously books.

There was more humor to be found in the Pagan books than this books. Which was really my only complaint about this book. I enjoyed that the book was from a woman's P
Dec 31, 2008 Kristen rated it it was amazing
I haven't read Jinks series on Pagan, but I will after reading this book. If you've read the Pagan series by this author, this book focuses on his daughter, growing up in England in with a group of female family members that believe in the old ways and loathe Roman priests and their religion. She is the bastard child of a Roman priest and a woman of old beliefs. Because she is constantly mistreated and about to be sent to marry a man old enough that he won't defile her, she runs away, ends up me ...more
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Catherine Jinks is the Australian author of more than thirty books for all ages. She has garnered many awards, including the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award(three times), the Victorian Premier’s Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction. Her work has been published in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, ...more
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Pagan Chronicles (4 books)
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