Helen of Troy

By Margaret George
(Penguin Books, Paperback, 9780143038993, 643pp.)

Publication Date: June 2007

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The "New York Times" bestseller from Margaret George, author of "Mary, Called Magdalene "and "Elizabeth I"
With her amazing ability to summon the voices of historical characters, Margaret George tells the story of the woman whose face "launched a thousand ships" in "Helen of Troy." Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, this is a beautifully told story of a legendary woman and her times. An exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible characters--Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves--and a wealth of material that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, "Helen of Troy" brings to life a war that we have all learned about but never before experienced.



About the Author
Margaret George is the author of "The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles, The Memoirs of Cleopatra", and "Elizabeth I", among other novels. Margaret first got the idea to write historical fiction when, after reading numerous books that viewed Henry VIII through the eyes of his enemies and victims, she found herself wondering if there might be another side to the story. She became determined to let Henry speak for himself, and it took fifteen years, about three hundred books of background reading, three visits to England to see every extant building associated with Henry, and five handwritten drafts for her to answer the question: What was Henry really like? Margaret was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and has traveled extensively. She and her husband live in Madison, Wisconsin.


Praise For Helen of Troy

Delicious. (People)

An impressive feat of research and imagination. ItÆs no mean trick to resurrect not only ancient Attic politics and lifestyles, but the atmosphere of a time in which the gods truly spoke. (Diana Gabaldon, author of Outlander)

A feast . . . George leaves us with the most coveted prize of fiction: a world . . . we wished existed, and that thoroughly does between the covers. (Chicago Tribune)

Fresh and vivid. (The Washington Post)

What Ms. George has created with this book is a great summer read: realistic characters, engaging plots and enough mythology and Homer to make it all interesting. (The Dallas Morning News)

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