Omnibus Books, 1995 – newest
edition, Allen & Unwin, 2007
Book Four in the ‘Pagan Chronicles’
The fourth book in the Pagan Chronicles, this is the story of delicate, bookish Isidore, who becomes scribe to Pagan Kidrouk, Archdeacon of Carcassonne, in 1209 – the year in which papal forces from the north begin their bloody crusade against the Cathar heretics of Isidore’s country.
Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, 1997 (Young Adult Fiction).
This title is also available in the United States (Candlewick Press) and Germany (Carl Hanser Verlag).
‘Jinks again displays an amazing knack for blending utterly convincing period detail, earthy wisecracking and profound respect for courtly and spiritual ideals.’
Bulletin of the Centre for Children’s Books
‘Jinks is a quirky and good-humoured story-teller and a true historian.’
The Sydney Morning Herald
‘The first-person narrative moves to Isidore and his bookish complacency provides a beautiful counterpoint to Pagan’s earthy forthrightness . . . The quality, depth, distinctiveness of these books, not to mention their sweeping themes – honour, alienation, the conflict of emotion and intellect, the nature of faith – make their formal recognition well deserved.’
‘ . . . the final scenes of the novel (plus an epilogue) leave us with a wrenching combination of grief and renewal . . . when you add a riotous enjoyment of language, a guided tour through a relatively uncharted area of history and an examination of some of the basic values that people live by – hey, it’s hats off to Catherine Jinks.’