Babylonne

Catherine Jinks, March 8 2015

Book and Author

Catherine Jinks is an Australian author and medieval scholar who writes fictional books for all age groups. She won the Children's Book Council of Australian Book of the year award four times. In 2001, she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contributions to Australian Children's Literature. Her book Babylonne has scored four out of five stars and was published in 2006.
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16-year-old Babylonne is used to stealing food and running from priests. Ever since she lost her mother in a bloody war, she has lived with her abusive grandmother and mean aunt. With their decision that she is too much to handle, her aunt and grandmother decide to marry her off to an old man that she would end up having to care for. To get away from this situation, she decides to disguise herself as a boy as make a run to join the noble knights. But everywhere she goes, she runs into the mysterious red-headed Catholic Priest, Isidore. He claims that he knows her father and he can keep her safe. With that, Babylonne decides to trust the Catholic priest as they move on throughout cities searching for peace. She continues to tell herself that she will leave for good but ends up standing by Isidore's side and fighting against the French.

Review: this is a great book and i enjoyed reading it! Its an action-packed adventure of war. Overall, this book teaches a lot about the thirteenth century and is very interesting.

Significant Quotes

Quote: "Come," says Isidore. And he leads me gently away from the bloody ruins, toward the open gate, out into the rolling green countryside beyond."

Significance: This passage from the very end of the book explains Isidore's care for Babylonne and their final chance at freedom.

Quote: "The perfects exchange glances. They don't like Isidore. I can tell."

Significance: Babylonne's family were perfects so she grew up believing to never put her trust into a roman priest. She was told that her father was evil and associated with them, so she had no love for her father. But even though she did not trust Isidore at first, she began to realize that he was a nice man. This explains the relationship between the roman priests and the perfects.

Quote: "For your sake, I wish that my father was alive. There. I said it. Just so that you would be happy again and not grieve so much."

Significance: This is when Babylonne admits that she wishes her father was still alive. She does this because Isidore was a good friend of her fathers and grieved over his death.

Historical references

This was during the time of the Anglo-French war. The french invade a village that Babylonne was once staying in. "And all the women must have come in from the village. As for those insults, they must be aimed at the french." The epilogue of this book discusses what happened after the ending of this book and certain historical events that took place such as: when Lord Raymond of Toulouse made peace with the french king, the siege of La Becede, and the french's dominion of Languedoc.