Helen of Troy

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Acclaimed author Margaret George tells the story of the legendary Greek woman whose face "launched a thousand ships" in this New York Times bestseller.

The Trojan War, fought nearly twelve hundred years before the birth of Christ, and recounted in Homer's Iliad, continues to haunt us because of its origins: one woman's beauty, a visiting prince's passion, and a love that ended in tragedy.

Laden with doom, yet surprising in its moments of innocence and beauty, Helen of Troy is an exquisite page-turner with a cast of irresistible, legendary characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, as well as Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of material that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to life a war that we have all learned about but never before experienced.

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Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels of biographical historical fiction, including The Confessions of Young NeroElizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles; and The Autobiography of Henry VIII. She also has coauthored a children’s book, Lucille Lost.
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Aug 3, 2006
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Fiction / Biographical
Fiction / Historical
Fiction / War & Military
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From the celebrated author of The Secret Life of Bees, a #1 New York Times bestselling novel about two unforgettable American women.

Writing at the height of her narrative and imaginative gifts, Sue Monk Kidd presents a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world.

Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women.

Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love.

As the stories build to a riveting climax, Handful will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister, Angelina, as one of the early pioneers in the abolition and women’s rights movements.

Inspired by the historical figure of Sarah Grimke, Kidd goes beyond the record to flesh out the rich interior lives of all of her characters, both real and invented, including Handful’s cunning mother, Charlotte, who courts danger in her search for something better.

This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at a devastating wound in American history, through women whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

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Conocida como la Reina Virgen por su negativa a contraer matrimonio, Isabel I ha pasado a la historia como una gobernante implacable. Margaret George, en este relato a dos voces, desmonta el mito del Isabel I como mujer fría y desapasionada al descubrirnos el perfil más íntimo y, hasta cierto punto, desconocido, de quien sería la última Tudor.

Isabel I de Inglaterra, imponente en su papel de soberana, desplegó una acción política sin precedentes en la Europa del siglo XVI. La reina protestante se enfrentó a católicos y calvinistas en su país y en buena parte de los estados vecinos; se midió con María Estuardo y Felipe II, a quienes se impuso con inteligencia y valentía, al tiempo que desbarataba un complot contra su persona y armaba un gran ejército.

En su lecho de muerte repasa las gestas por las que fue temida y reverenciada, pero entre sus recuerdos también hay lugar para sus seres queridos, como su fiel servidor Walsingham o su amante, Robert Dudley, caído en la batalla contra la Armada Invencible. Mucho tiempo después, Lettice, la esposa legítima de Dudley, cuenta a sus nietos, conmovida y sin rencor, la historia de la gran reina.

Conocida como la Reina Virgen por su negativa a contraer matrimonio, Isabel I ha pasado a la historia como una gobernante implacable. Margaret George, en este relato a dos voces, desmonta el mito de Isabel I como mujer fría y desapasionada al descubrirnos el perfil más íntimo y, hasta cierto punto, desconocido de quien sería la última Tudor.

La crítica ha dicho...
«Al igual que su heroína, George tiene especial sensibilidad para la belleza y una gran habilidad en el tratamiento de los detalles; así crea una historia vibrante que permite a los lectores sentir que son testigos directos de las decisiones, los triunfos y las derrotas de la reina Isabel.»
Publishers Weekly

«El magistral conocimiento que tiene George de esta época y su certeza al investigar los vericuetos de la política isabelina hacen de ésta una novela que nunca decae.»

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