Ellen Hampton

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Gabriel García Marquez once said that the writer's problem was not the reach of the imagination, it was making our lives believable. So true. Let's just say it's been a great ride so far, for a southern cross: Florida born, Paris based, historian, lecturer, writer, reader.

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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…moreI'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. (less)
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Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
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Molon labe, baby. High drama in exalted prose takes you into the one of history's most consequential battles. I would like to say it will make a Spartan of you, but maybe not. Still, Steven Pressfield does a masterful job of bringing authenticity to ...more
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The Chalk Man
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Great suspense and pacing, it was hard to put down. There are so many red herrings (and blue and green ones too) that the reader has no idea whodunnit.
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The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah
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Lost Vintage has a strong story line, warm and vivid voices and interweaving plots that hold the reader's interest tenaciously. It tells the story of a young woman of French descent who uncovers family secrets and rediscovers love, set in a Burgundy ...more
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Devil's Brood by Sharon Kay Penman
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The Witches: Salem, 1692
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American War by Omar El Akkad
American War
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Beautifully written, with the details of south-north discord perfectly outlined. A cautionary tale for our days!
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