By Margaret George
Acclaimed writer Margaret George tells the tale of the mythical Greek lady whose face "launched 1000 ships" during this New York Times bestseller.
The Trojan struggle, fought approximately twelve hundred years sooner than the beginning of Christ, and acknowledged in Homer's Iliad, maintains to hang-out us due to its origins: one woman's good looks, a vacationing prince's ardour, and a love that resulted in tragedy.
Laden with doom, but marvelous in its moments of innocence and sweetness, Helen of Troy is a lovely page-turner with a forged of impossible to resist, mythical characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, in addition to Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of fabric that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to existence a warfare that we've got all realized approximately yet by no means ahead of skilled.
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