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Ellen Hampton I've started writing a historical fiction series on conflict between the counts and the church in medieval France, beginning with Foulque Nerra, count of Anjou in the 11th century. Loyal to God and king, Foulque was torn between defending his county and obeying the church, a tension that often led to violence and sent him four times to Jerusalem, to plead forgiveness at God's door. Foulque Nerra led one of the more consequential lives of our times, and yet has been lost to history, unless you drive along the Loire River and see one of the 40 castles or dozen churches he built. This book, titled A Watch in the Night, is finished, and I am seeking representation for it. In the meantime, I'm working on the second one, on Henri the Liberal and Marie of Champagne, moving into the 12th century and the conjunction of a host of remarkable characters and accomplishments. Their court at Troyes is where literature begins.

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