In this work of historical fiction, best-selling author Francell Lee Schrader offers profound insights into one of the most interesting and inspiring mother-son relationships in history, that of Helena and her son Constantine, creator of the great Byzantine Empire. Commencing with Helena's ancestors before she was born, this book will take you from the misty isles of Ireland to Asia, France, Rome, and eventually to the fabled city of Byzantium. From serving girl to wife and mother of Roman Emperors, it shows how this loving and gracious lady was responsible for much of the beauty and goodness in her son's Byzantine Empire.
The author has visited most of the lands portrayed and finds great joy in sharing them. Rich in mythology and poetic in expression, Helena is a book you will treasure always.
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July 20, 2005
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