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Mostly buried in the new draft this week. I did have time to do some reading, though. Picked up Sharan Newman’s Defending The City of God, non-fiction history of the Crusader states concentrating on the first half of the twelfth century. I had picked it up primarily looking for information on Melisende, Queen of Jerusalem. She was a true ruler and, from the little available, seems to have been a strong one. The book is interesting and the author frequently gives her opinion or impression of what was going on, which is different than your typical history. I found it a bit thin, I’m afraid, particularly where Melisende is concerned. This is not the author’s fault, really. The problem is that there simply isn’t enough about Melisende that has survived the years and, ultimately, it left me disappointed. I think this would be a great topic for a writer of historical fiction; there is enough there to pique the imagination while so much of the story is unknown that a writer could let their imagination roam. That brings me to the topic of female leads and that is something I will leave for next week.