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Leonidas V: The Reformer King
Most historians confine their
commentary on Leonidas to his appearance and departure from the scene of
history.  His reign was, after all, quite
short (ten years) and there were no known changes to Spartan territory or law, no
works of art or monuments, not...
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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A review to go with the excerpt. This was just released by Chanticleer, which describes the book as : "A tale of war, romance, and valor! The second book in Schrader's historical series depicts a cast of vivid historical characters from the twelfth century Crusades."
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Good solid review of "Defender of Jerusalem" from the people who give away the Chaucer Awards.
http://www.chantireviews.com/2015/08/27/defender-of-jerusalem-by-helena-p-schrader/
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"Ibelin jammed his helmet on his head, pulled his shield back onto his left arm, then grabbed up his reins as he put his spurs to his stallion. Around him his knights frantically did the same without being ordered. It didn’t take a genius to recognize the danger they were in: the Christian army was scattered all over the field. Ramla was across the river; Tripoli and Lusignan had been lured fully two miles to the north in their maneuver to cut off Farrukh-Shah’s escape. And even those knights still on the battlefield were, like Ibelin and his hundred knights, dispersed and partially spent." An excerpt from "Defender of Jerusalem" -- read the full excerpt here:
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“It’s rare to see the Templars arrive late for a battle,” Sir Walter noted with a short laugh, pointing to a Templar galloping on to the field from their left. They all turned to watch with bemusement. The Templar pride at always being first in battle grated on their nerves to some degree. As they watched, more Templars appeared, also at a full gallop but not in any kind of formation. At almost the same instant, they collectively realized these Templars weren’t attacking: they were fleeing.
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He fought Saladin to a standstill but retained his respect. He defied Richard the Lionheart -- but became his chief negotiator. Balian d'Ibelin -- the real Balian, not the Hollywood Balian -- was a remarkable man. Which is why I've dedicated a three part biographical novel to him. Read a brief biography here:
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Balian d'Ibelin was a historical figure, whose biography was significantly different from the Hollywood figure in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven." To (belatedly) mark the release of the second book in my biography of Ibelin I've published a short biography on my blog.
Hollywood made him a blacksmith; Arab chronicles said he was "like a king."   He served a leper, but defied Richard the Lionheart. He fought Saladin to a stand-still, yet retained his respect..  Rather than dally with a...
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Chanticleer calls it: "A tale of war, romance, and valor! The second book in Schrader's historical series depicts a cast of vivid historical characters from the twelfth century Crusades." Read this solid review here:
http://www.chantireviews.com/2015/08/27/defender-of-jerusalem-by-helena-p-schrader/
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The book sounds great Helena. Well done
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Unsurprisingly, St. Louis plays a key role in my award-winning novel "St. Louis' Knight." Here's a short biography.
Saint Louis, King of France, Crusader (1214-1270). Feast Day: 25Aug.
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"Ibelin automatically looked left to see what the Templars were fleeing from, and gasped: “Holy Cross and St. George!” A wide, deep line of Saracen horse had crested the hill with all their banners fluttering. Salah ad-Din’s banner was the largest, in the middle of the host."
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Although he never wore a crown, Arab chroniclers said he was "like a king." His sons both served as regents in the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Cyprus respectively. He was a warrior and a diplomat both. To mark the release of the second book in my Balian d'Ibelin biographical novel, here's a short biography of the historical figure.
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The hero of Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven," Balian d'Ibelin, was a historical character -- lost in the "literary liberties" taken by Hollywood. To mark the release of the second book in my biographical novel, I've published a short bio on my blog:
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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
Occupation
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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