Helen of Troy, The Early Years
Her face launched a thousand ships and instigated a horrific, ten year war between the Greeks and Trojans. In legend, Helen of Troy is no more than a pawn, used and/or abused by men. Men fell at her feet seeking her hand in marriage or kidnapping her in order to own her famous beauty. But somewhere within this story lies a woman who lived these events and found the courage to rebel against Menelaus and flee with Paris to Troy.
In the Author's Note at the end of the book, Esther Friesner points out that Spartan women who lived a thousand years after Helen were trained to defend their homes. She decided to show Helen as the predecessor to this decision. So, what are your thoughts? Would Helen learn to fight and seek out adventure?
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