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A Mythological Feast,
This review is from: Helen of Troy: A Novel (Paperback)The author Margaret George has a stable of first class historical novels behind her, among them The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, The Memoirs of Cleopatra and Mary, Called Magdalene. She lives primarily in America, where she was born, but travels all over the world researching her novels.
Helen of Troy is one of the most famous mythological characters of all time. What sort of woman could cause a war that lasted for 10 years? She was a woman of untold beauty, who as a child was not even allowed to look at her own reflection, her beauty was so overwhelming. She was protected from her own unique beauty until she was of a marriageable age. Said to be the daughter of the god Zeus, she had many suitors but accepted the hand of the Spartan king Menelaus and settled down to a life of domesticity and apparent contentment bearing Menelaus a daughter.
It is at the age of 24 when she catches sight of the Trojan Prince, Paris that she realises that there is no passion in her marriage. Soon the two are lovers and eventually elope to Troy in the dead of night. An elopement that started a conflict that was to last 10 years and take the lives of some of the greatest heroes of the time. No one in Sparta could believe that Helen had gone with Paris of her own free will and plans were made to sail and lay siege to Troy until Helen was released
Margaret George brings to life the heroic and not so heroic deeds of the Trojan war. All the characters are there Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon and of course Helen and Paris. The author brings to life the sights, sounds and conflicts of the war and the pain and suffering of the men who fought in it.