Helena P. Schrader holds a PhD in history from the University of Hamburg, which she earned with a ground-breaking biography of General Friedrich Olbricht, the mastermind behind the Valkyrie Plot to depose Hitler. Helena has done extensive research on ancient and archaic Sparta. She has combined her research with common sense and a sound understanding of human nature to create a refreshingly unorthodox portrayal of Spartan society.
A Peerless Peer
Leonidas: The Hero of Thermopylae
In 480 BC he would defy an army half a million strong. But who was Leonidas? As the youngest son of King Anaxandridas, he went barefoot and hungry like the other Spartan boys in the infamous Agoge.
Now, a young man, he has only one goal, to be the perfect Spartan citizen, A Peerless Peer.
In search of a wife, Leonidas courts a beauty. But another young woman knows she is destined to be his queen: Gorgo.
This is the second book in a trilogy of biographical novels about Leonidas and Gorgo. The first book, A Boy of the Agoge, described Leonidas’ childhood in Sparta’s infamous public school. The last book in the series, A Heroic King, describes his rise to power, reign and death.