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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
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Aug 07, 2010 AH rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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
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;
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
Apr 24, 2012 Turtlelove.jcs rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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
Dec 13, 2009 Art rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Jan 11, 2015 SheDragonReads rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 18 +
Recommended to SheDragonReads by: I found it at the library
It was a good book not a great book but a good book! It had quite a bit of cussing in it, It had pretty good pacing things happened through the entire book. the friendship that blossoms between Babylonne and Isidore is really nice. It is a little dark kind of gory.
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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
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
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
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
Jan 23, 2011 Riv rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
I read the originals as a kid so was looking forward to reading it. It was a a shorter than what I usually read and I found it jarring. The first person perspective shocked me as it had been a long time since I have read anything written like it. It feels like a stream of consciousness and it suits the book well. The fear and anxiety it conveys are brilliant. Being atheist the religious nature of the book grates on me but it isn't preachy. Overall I liked it
I generally love books about the middle ages and this one was ok. I liked how Bablyonne is a feisty, spirited character. While she clings strongly to her beliefs that the Roman priests are bad, she hears the discourse between Father Isidore and the Perfects, and eventually grows to respect Father Isidore. For me, the style of writing - short, partly formed sentences made the book harder to understand.
Bablyonne finds life at her church unbearable and decides to run away. She is befriended by a priest her knew her father, and they plan on fleeing south. Soon they are trapped by the French army and the resistance, and Bablyonne is the midst of a siege.
Neat story of a girl who is trapped in war-torn France in the early 1200s. However there is a lot of swearing and the flow is a little off.
Taya M
judging by the cover you would think that this is a book about a girl that goes out and stands up for herself by fighting for a cause... but to me all that happened was a girl ran away from an evil aunt she couldn't stand and then went arround the country following some crazy priest... I didn't like this books story line... it was well written but I didn't like it.
Gritty depiction of life and war in France during the Abigensian heresy...brings back Father Isidore from the Pagan series. Babylonne, Pagan's bastard daughter, is a reluctant member of the Good Christians whose smart mouth and unruly behavior gets her into trouble. A chance meeting with Isidore, and subsequent journey changes everything. For teens and above.
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Jan 02, 2009 Caitlín (Ink Mage) marked it as unfinished
I don't know about this one. I got it because it looked interesting, not knowing that it was about Pagan's daughter, but I figured it wouldn't matter too much that I haven't read The Pagan Chronicles because he is dead by the time this book begins. It's so ODDLY written, though! I'm having trouble getting into it.
EDIT: Couldn't finish.
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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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