From the Author
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
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.