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Rich with unforgettable characters, gorgeously drawn, and full of captivating historical drama, Eleanore of Avignon is the story of a healer who risks her life, her freedom, and everything she holds dear to protect her beloved city from the encroaching Black Death

Provence, 1347. Eleanore (Elea) Blanchet is a young midwife and herbalist with remarkable skills. But as she learned the day her mother died, the most dangerous thing a woman can do is draw attention to herself. She attends patients in her home city of Avignon, spends time with her father and twin sister, gathers herbs in the surrounding woods, and dreams of the freedom to pursue her calling without fear.
In a chance encounter, Elea meets Guigo de Chauliac, the enigmatic personal physician to the powerful Pope Clement, and strikes a deal with him to take her on as his apprentice. Under Chauliac’s tutelage she hones her skills as a healer, combining her knowledge of folk medicine with anatomy, astrology, and surgical techniques.

Then, two pieces of earth-shattering news: the Black Death has made landfall in Europe, and the disgraced Queen Joanna is coming to Avignon to stand trial for her husband’s murder. She is pregnant and in need of a midwife, a role only Elea can fill.

The queen’s childbirth approaches as the plague spreads like wildfire, leaving half the city dead in its wake. The people of Avignon grow desperate for a scapegoat and a group of religious heretics launch a witch hunt, one that could cost Elea—an intelligent, talented, unwed woman—everything.

About the Author

Elizabeth DeLozier holds a BA in Spanish literature, a BS in biological anthropology, and a doctorate in physical therapy. An avid traveler, animal lover, and history nerd, she lives in Southern California with her husband, twin sons, and rescue dogs. Eleanore of Avignon is her debut novel.

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Praise for Eleanore of Avignon
Eleanore of Avignon is an ambitious historical novel, but debut novelist Elizabeth DeLozier gives the impression she's been at this for years. I found myself highlighting certain passages, studying the way DeLozier crafted her characters and their relationships with one another. The story's protagonist, Elea, immediately drew me in. She's tender yet fiercely loyal, and although the story takes place in another era, her perspective felt relatable and her struggles relevant to women today. Eleanore of Avignon is an impressive debut, sure to be loved by readers who also enjoy Maggie O'Farrell and Sarah Dunant.”—Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary
“Emotionally riveting and exquisitely told, Eleanore of Avignon is an unforgettable exploration in story form of who we become when all that we love most hangs in the balance. A powerful and compelling debut. I loved it!”—Susan Meissner, USA Today bestselling author of Only the Beautiful
“A medieval French city. A terrible plague. And a woman born to heal against all odds. In her sumptuous debut novel author Elizabeth DeLozier’s riveting and brilliant young hero is haunted by the beloved lives she could not save, and the many who turn to her in desperate need. With a twin sister whose heart is shattered, and forbidden knowledge and desires of her own, Eleanore of Avignon works alongside the most powerful doctor in all of France in a race against time and a battle against an invincible foe.  Twenty-first century readers will be astounded at how little has changed since the Bubonic Plague spread fear, suspicion, political battles, and scientific doubts more than six hundred years ago. We will not soon forget the mysteries and heartfelt bonds that thread through this book, nor the terrible threats that Eleanore strains beneath and works to hide. To be a healer, Eleanore of Avignon risks her own life and the lives of those she loves. Hers is spellbinding story for the ages.”—Laurie Lico Albanese, author of Hester
"Medieval Avignon comes to vivid life in this transportive debut about one brave young woman's quest to save her home from the horrors of the Black Death. Against this gritty, realistic backdrop, the incredible courage and stubborn love of the novel's fierce heroine shines with brilliant light. Beautiful and poignant, Eleanore of Avignon reads like a love song to the healers who have always walked among us."—A.D. Rhine, authors of Daughters of Bronze
Product Details
ISBN: 9780593475034
ISBN-10: 0593475038
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: November 5th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English