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Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King Librarian s note There is an Alternate Cover Edition for this edition of this book herePersia has crushed the Ionian revolt and is gathering a massive army to invade and punish mainland Greece, but in Sparta the dangers seem closer to home The Eurypontid King Demaratus is accused of being a usurper, while the Agiad King Cleomenes is going dangerously mad More and Spartans turn to Leonidas, Cleomenes half brother and son in law, to provide leadership But Leonidas is the younger of twins, and his brother Brotus has no intention of letting Leonidas lay claim to the Agiad throne without a fight This novel follows Leonidas and his wife Gorgo as they steer Sparta through the dangerous waters of domestic strife and external threat, working together as a team to make Sparta the best it can be But the forces that will destroy not only Leonidas but the Sparta he loves are already gathering not just in Susa and Sardis, but in the hubris of a rising Athens and the bigotry and xenophobia of his fellow Spartans The murder of two Persian ambassadors by an agitated Spartan Assembly sets in train the inevitable conflict between Sparta and Persia that will take Leonidas to Thermopylae and into history


About the Author: Helena P. Schrader

Helena was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tokyo, Japan Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine There, her father s family had roots, and an old, white clapboard house perched above the boatyard in East Blue Hill.It was the frequent travel and exposure to different cultures, peoples and heritage that inspired Helena to start writing creatively and to focus on historical fiction She wrote her first novel in second grade, but later made a conscious decision not try to earn a living from writing She never wanted to be forced to write what was popular, rather than what was in her heart.Helena graduated with honors in History from the University of Michigan, added a Master s Degree in Diplomacy and International Commerce from Patterson School, University of Kentucky, and rounded off her education with a PhD in History cum Laude from the University of Hamburg, awarded for a ground breaking dissertation on a leading member of the German Resistance to Hitler She worked in the private sector as a research analyst, and an investor relations manager in both the U.S and Germany She is now a diplomat serving in Africa.Helena published her first book in 1993, when her dissertation was released by a leading academic publisher in Germany a second edition followed after excellent reviews in major newspapers Since then she has published three additional non fiction books, starting with Sisters in Arms about women pilots in WWII, The Blockade Breakers about the Berlin Airlift, and Codename Valkyrie, a biography of General Olbricht, based on her dissertation Helena has also published historical novels set in World War Two, Ancient Sparta and the Crusades St Louis Knight won the Bronze in both the Historical Fiction and Spiritual Religious Categories of the Feathered Quill Literary Awards 2014 Her latest project, a biographical novel of Balian d Ibelin in three parts, got off to a great start when Knight of Jerusalem earned a B.R.A.G Medallion, and was selected as a Finalist for the 2014 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction The second book in the series did even better Defender of Jerusalem took the Silver for spiritual religious fiction in the 2015 Feathered Quill Awards, won the Chaucer Award for Medieval Historical Fiction, and is a finalist for the M.M.Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction It too is a B.R.A.G Medallion Honoree.She grew up sailing on the Maine coast and served as a petty officer on the sail training schooners Sir Winston Churchill and Malcolm Miller She has owned four horses over the years and remains a resolute horsewoman She owns property in what was once Lacedaemon, which she visits regularly and where she and her husband Herbert intend to retire.



10 thoughts on “Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King

  1. Chiliarch Chiliarch says:

    I have just finished Leonidas of Sparta A Heroic King and have given it five stars It is absolutely fantastic, like all Helena s books on ancient Sparta Well researched, well written and peopled with wonderful characters, whom you come to love I have to admit dragging my feet through the last bit of it not wanting it to end Helena s description of the battle of Thermopy


  2. Michael Anderson Michael Anderson says:

    Leonidas of Sparta A Heroic King is the third installment in the trilogy covering the life of the famous Spartan king, written by Helena Schrader I have not had a chance to read the first two books but jumped at the chance to read this one because I wanted to see how Helena would approach the Battle of Thermopylae.Helena Schrader graduated with honors in History from the Univer


  3. Jane Jane says:

    Taking Schrader s Leonidas trilogy as a whole, I was greatly impressed and consider it a genre classic This conclusion to Leonidas s fictional biography takes him from a Spartiate Peer to his reign as king, with ideas for reform that he never gets a chance to carry out , and eventual willing sacrifice of his life at Thermopylae The oracle at Delphi has said either the king or Sparta he


  4. Fred Lombardo Fred Lombardo says:

    All 3 books are worth the read These stories do a great service to such historically renowned character as Leonidas, and give him a life to be understood by the reader While most is conjecture on the author s part as far as the dialogue and situations, it is well researched and highly plausible I would recommend these book for anyone interested in this historical period.


  5. Matt Matt says:

    An engaging, captivating read that had me eagerly awaiting each night when I could settle in with this book The author s style seems to grow with each book in the series One of those books that has you always eager to keep reading, but a little sad when you reach the end, because the story has to come to an end.


  6. John Warren John Warren says:

    i really enjoyed this series of books on leonidas was sad when i read the lost page


  7. Jared Jared says:

    As good as the first book in the Trilogy This is the part of the story that has been covered in so many other books the best of which is Gates of Fire by Pressfield but this does a good job of concluding Schrader s trilogy on this history of Leonidas Good series, worth a read if you like historical fiction and the Ancient Greek history.


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