Helen of Troy by Margaret George

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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.


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MARGARET GEORGE is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles, and Mary, Called Magdalene. She travels widely to research her novels and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.
Published August 3, 2006 by Penguin Books. 772 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Brilliant as well as beautiful, Helen is persuasive, though Paris convinces her to at least leave her daughter behind, saying that because she loves Sparta, she “will not leave it bereft of a queen.” All that comes back into play years later, after Achilles has spent his wrath and Hector tamed hi...

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It’s no mean trick to resurrect not only ancient Attic politics and lifestyle, but the atmosphere of a time in which the gods truly spoke.” -Diana Gabaldon, authorof A Breath of Snow and Ashes andOutlander “A feast… George leaves us with the most coveted prize of fiction: a world… we wished exi...

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Book Reporter

If, indeed, Troy and Sparta did exist as depicted in HELEN OF TROY, they are civilizations that come to life on the pages herein.

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Entertainment Weekly

Helen of Troy's face launched a thousand ships, some fine epic poetry, and now a fat novel by the author of 2002's Mary Called Magdalene.

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The Bookbag

Summary: A beautifully written book that evokes time and place wonderfully, but George is less successful at creating a credible mythological figure than she has been at creating personalities from real historical players.

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Suite 101

Helen of Troy takes readers to the bedroom, the battlefield and beyond as Margaret George gives voice to the face that launched a thousand ships.

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