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A radical new constitution that needed Delphic approval, a massive land-reform that gave to the poor and took from the rich, and a perpetually militarized society were the product of some upheaval in Spartan society in the late 8th or early 7th Century BC. Read more about what that upheaval might have looked like in:
Modern histories of Sparta tend to brush over the Messenian War(s) in considerable haste and without providing a great deal of detail. The reason is obvious. As Paul Cartledge stresses in Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300 to 362 BC (one of the few general histories of Sparta to focus ...
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Is it credible that a series of unbroken victories by a victorious army would really cause unrest, revolution and a militarized society? In today's article I challenge conventional wisdom about Sparta's origins and suggest an alternative hypothesis.
Historian Helena P. Schrader discusses ancient Spartan society and culture, seeking to rectify a number of misconceptions. She will also review recent books on Sparta or set in Ancient Greece as well as discuss her published novels on archaic Sparta, and her three part biographical novel on ...
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An English Templar caught up in the French King's persecution of the Knights Templar sets off a chain of events. Read an excerpt from my novel "The English Templar" here:
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In southern France, where the Cathar heresy once flourished, the escape of an English Templar has wider implications. Read more:
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Philip IV of France could arrest and torture the Knights Templar in France, but to make his accusations against an international order stick, he needed confessions from Templars from other countries as well. The confession of a single Englishman caught up in his net is therefore crucial. Read more:
The Bishop of Albi paced back and forth across his study, his purple robes fluttering about him, the gold threads of the embroidery glittering in the candlelight. He was a formidable figure in full episcopal regalia, his mitr...
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Thank you! The book can be purchased online, but is not available in ebook format unfortunately. It's actually quite old. If you want to chat off line, you can reach me at:  hps_books@yahoo.com.
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Although his brother had helped him usurp a crown, stood by him in defeat and shared his prison cell, when Guy de Lusignan had a kingdom to bequeath, he named his other brother Geoffrey, not the long suffering Aimery, his heir. The relationship must have been a very difficult one to say the least! Read more at:
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In 1187 he was a prisoner of Saracen and brother to a king without a kingdom. Seven years later he was king of an even fairer kingdom and would soon -- with his Ibelin wife -- found a dynasty that lasted over 300 years. Read more at:
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The Birth of Sparta - Causes of the Spartan Revolution
Modern histories of Sparta
tend to brush over the Messenian War(s) in considerable haste and without
providing a great deal of detail.  The
reason is obvious. As Paul Cartledge stresses in Sparta and Lakonia: A Regional History 1300 to 362 BC (one of the
fe...
Historian Helena P. Schrader discusses ancient Spartan society and culture, seeking to rectify a number of misconceptions. She will also review recent books on Sparta or set in Ancient Greece as well as discuss her published novels on archaic Sparta, and her three part biographical novel on ...
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Concise, well thought out and makes perfect sense. No wonder some "authorities" oppose this view. LOL

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Edward II initially resisted the pleas of his father-in-law to arrest and torture the Knights Templar. As a result, the confession of an English Templar in France would have been all the more important to the French king's plans. My novel, "The English Templar" is based on this premise. Read an excerpt at:
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The confession of an English Templar is crucial to King Philip's prosecution of the order -- and it sets in motion an investigation that stirs up the old fears of heresy among the Albigensians. Read more:
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A Pivotal Confession - An Excerpt from "The English Templar"
The Bishop of Albi paced back and
forth across his study, his purple robes fluttering about him, the gold threads
of the embroidery glittering in the candlelight. He was a formidable figure in
full episcopal regalia, his mitre set firmly on his head and his...
The Bishop of Albi paced back and forth across his study, his purple robes fluttering about him, the gold threads of the embroidery glittering in the candlelight. He was a formidable figure in full episcopal regalia, his mitr...
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REVIEW
"Knights of Dark Renown" by Graham Shelby

This is fun historical fiction with a cast of colorful characters, lots of dramatic action and exotic settings. I have to admit liking this book — and not just because Balian d’Ibelin is portrayed sympathetically, but it’s neither great literature nor good history. The “bad guys” are a little too bad, for my taste, and the “good guys” are a little too modern. There are scenes that seem totally removed from reality altogether, as when the Baron of Toron frolics at his castle with a squire and his young bride but no apparent retinue, staff or responsibilities. There are numerous little errors as well: Balian was not lord of Nablus, (that was his wife’s dower portion), his brother left the kingdom rather than swear allegiance to Guy de Lusignan and was not at Hattin, Isabella was separated from her mother and step-father for three years before her marriage, Turcoples were native Christian troops, not Muslim converts or men of mixed Frankish and Syrian blood, swords at this time were rarely longer than two and a half feet — not the five foot swords described. Yet despite these errors, the book on the whole conveys the atmosphere of the times and captures a sense of the conflicts and values of the age far better than Holland’s prissy and egotistical courtiers of “Jerusalem.”
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Historian, Historical Novelist, Diplomat
Introduction
Historian:
 
Earned a PhD in History from University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking biography of the mastermind behind the coup attempt against Hitler on July 20, 1944, General Friedrich Olbricht.
 
Non-Fiction Publications (History):
  • The German Resistance to Hitler: Codename Valkyrie: General Friedrich Olbricht and the Plot Against Hitler, Haynes Publishing, 2009.
  • The Berlin Airlift: The Blockade Breakers, The History Press, 2008.
  • Women in Aviation: Sisters in Arms: British and American Women Pilots in World War II, Pen & Sword Aviation, 2006.
Historical Novelist:
 
Specialist in historical fiction and biographical fiction set in Ancient Sparta, the Middle Ages and World War Two (WWII).
 
Ancient Sparta (Ancient Greece):
 
  • King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo: a biographical novel in three parts: Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge, Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer, Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King
  • Archaic Sparta: Are They Singing in Sparta? Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen, The Olympic Charioteer.
The Middle Ages - The Age of Chivalry
 
  • Tales from the Languedoc during the Albigensian Crusades: A Widow's Crusade, The Disinherited, The Devil's Knight (not yet released).
  • Tales from the Crusader Kingdoms: The Lion of Karpas, a novel about the Latin Kingdom of Cyprus in the early 13th Century (not yet released.)
  • Biographical novel about Balian d'Ibelin, the defender of Jerusalem against Saladin. (In progress.)
  • The Templar Tales: St. Louis Knight, The English Templar.
Second World War (World War II, WWII)
 
  • Battle of Britain: Chasing the Wind, (published in Kindle format as: Where Eagles Never Flew.
  • The Air War 1943: The Lady in the Spitfire.
  • The German Resistance to Hitler: An Obsolete Honor (published in Kindle format as Hitler's Demons.)
Diplomat:
 
Career Foreign Service Officer -- hence several of my books have a focus on diplomacy.
Bragging rights
"Chasing the Wind" received the Reviewers Choice Award from Reader Views in 2008.
Work
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Novelist, Historian and Diplomat
Skills
Novelist and Historian
Employment
  • U.S. Department of State
    Foreign Service Officer, 2005 - present
  • Intermezzo Ventures GmbH
    Investor Relations Manager, 2003 - 2005
  • Mediport Venture Capital GmbH
    Investor Relations Manager, 2001 - 2003
  • FortuneCity.com
    Investor Relations Manager, 1999 - 2001
  • Bankgesellschaft Berlin
    Investor Relations Manager, 1996 - 1999
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