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Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King (Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy #3)

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Persia has crushed the Ionian revolt and is gathering a massive army to invade and punish mainland Greece, but in Sparta the dangers seem closer to home. The Eurypontid King Demaratus is accused of being a usurper, while the Agiad King Cleomenes is going dangerously mad. More and more Spartans turn to Leonidas, Cleomenes’ half-brother and son-in-law, to provide leadership. ...more
Paperback, 582 pages
Published September 15th 2012 by Wheatmark (first published September 12th 2012)
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Chiliarch
Oct 15, 2012 Chiliarch rated it it was amazing
I have just finished 'Leonidas of Sparta : A Heroic King' and have given it five stars. It is absolutely fantastic, like all Helena's books on ancient Sparta. Well researched, well written and peopled with wonderful characters, whom you come to love. I have to admit dragging my feet through the last bit of it not wanting it to end. Helena's description of the battle of Thermopylae is the best I have read about this famous battle. It was an overwhelming read. Highly recommended!
Jane
May 29, 2015 Jane rated it it was amazing
Taking Schrader's Leonidas trilogy as a whole, I was greatly impressed and consider it a genre classic.

This conclusion to Leonidas's fictional biography takes him from a Spartiate Peer to his reign as king, with ideas for reform [that he never gets a chance to carry out], and eventual willing sacrifice of his life at Thermopylae. The oracle at Delphi has said either the king or Sparta herself must be sacrificed. Leonidas embraces the "good death." The Thermopylae section was exciting and very w
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Mike Anderson
Dec 11, 2012 Mike Anderson rated it it was amazing
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Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King is the third installment in the trilogy covering the life of the famous Spartan king, written by Helena Schrader. I have not had a chance to read the first two books but jumped at the chance to read this one because I wanted to see how Helena would approach the Battle of Thermopylae.

Helena Schrader graduated with honors in History from the University of Michigan and has earned a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg. She has published several books since
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Fred Lombardo
Jan 06, 2013 Fred Lombardo rated it it was amazing
All 3 books are worth the read. These stories do a great service to such historically renowned character as Leonidas, and give him a life to be understood by the reader. While most is conjecture on the author's part as far as the dialogue and situations, it is well researched and highly plausible. I would recommend these book for anyone interested in this historical period.
Matt
Apr 09, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing
An engaging, captivating read that had me eagerly awaiting each night when I could settle in with this book. The author's style seems to grow with each book in the series. One of those books that has you always eager to keep reading, but a little sad when you reach the end, because the story has to come to an end.
John Warren
Oct 27, 2013 John Warren rated it it was amazing
i really enjoyed this series of books on leonidas was sad when i read the lost page
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Helena was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of a professor, and travelled abroad for the first time at the age of two, when her father went to teach at the University of Wasada in Tokyo, Japan. Later the family lived in Brazil, England and Kentucky, but home was always the coast of Maine. There, her father’s family had roots, and an old, white clapboard house perched above the boatyard in ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Leonidas of Sparta Trilogy (3 books)
  • Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge (Leonidas Trilogy, #1)
  • Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer (Leonidas Trilogy, #2)

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