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A Boy of the Agoge (Leonidas of Sparta Book 1) by [Schrader, Helena P.]

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The death of Leonidas is legendary. His last days have inspired great works of art and popular enthusiasm. The stand of "the 300" at Thermopylae has been harnessed to a hundred modern causes pitting East against West, and Leonidas with his 300 Spartans have come to symbolize what is good and noble in war: self-sacrifice for the sake of one's country and family. But who was Leonidas? And what was he before he became the incarnation of Freedom fighting Tyranny?

Herodotus gives us some tantalizing tidbits -- the story of his father's forced second marriage, the tensions between his elder brothers, the precociousness of his wife. But he is silent on many other key points, from the date of Leonidas' birth to his role in Sparta prior to becoming king later in life. Only one thing about his early life do we know for certain: because he was not the heir apparent to the Agiad throne in his youth,he would have been subjected to the full Sparta agoge. Knowing that, knowing how he ended, and building ont he fascinating insights into his personality provided by the few sayings attributed him, I have created a young Leonidas.

Nothing in this novel contradicts known facts about Leonidas, but the novel is quite candidly fiction.

About the Author

Award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader earned a PhD in Historyfrom the University of Hamburg. She has published numerous works ofnon-fiction and fiction. As a novelist, she has focused on historicaland biographical fiction.
Her Jerusalem Trilogy has earned a total of 12 literary honors to date,including the Readers Favorite Gold for Best Christian HistoricalFiction, the Pinnacle Award for Best Biographical Fiction 2016, theFeathered Quill Book Award for Spiritual/Religious Fiction 2017,  two Chaucer Awards for Medieval Fiction, and finalist recognition fromForeword INDIES for Military/Wartime Fiction 2016 and the M.M. Bennett's Award for Historical Fiction.

Her novel set in the 7th Crusade, St. Louis' Knight,won the 2014 Chaucer Award for the Best Historical Fiction set in the HighMiddle Ages, and also placed third in the 2014 Feathered Quill LiteraryAwards for both Historical and Spiritual Fiction. All three books in her Balian d'Ibelin biography, Knight of Jerusalem, is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree.
Helena is a career diplomat currently serving in Africa.

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  • File Size: 1896 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1604944749
  • Publisher: Wheatmark (October 21, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 21, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0048EJZ3W
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