Helena Schrader's Historical Fiction

Dr. Helena P. Schrader is the winner of more than 20 literary accolades. For a complete list of her awards see: http://helenapschrader.com

Helena is represented by Laurie Blum Guest at the Re-Naissance Agency.

For readers tired of clich├ęs and cartoons, award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader offers nuanced insight to historical events and figures based on sound research and an understanding of human nature. Her complex and engaging characters bring history back to life as a means to better understand ourselves.

Sunday, May 31, 2020

Back Cover Art

The back cover of "Balian d'Ibelin" requires not only text but images. 

Below are three images. 
1. The only medieval image I know of that depicts Balian d'Ibelin (holding Baldwin V in his arms)
2. One of several medieval illustrations that depicts Maria Comnena -- riding beside her first husband Amalric of Jerusalem.
3. A medieval illustration of a decisive victory -- albeit not Montgisard per se.

I was thinking either of both 1 & 2 or 3 alone.

Please let me know what you think. 

 






































 

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Great Fans Make Great Books! - REVISED COVER BLURB

Thank you! 
The response to my request for input on the proposed cover blurb for "Balian d'Ibelin" was amazing! Lots of great suggestions -- with well-argued justifications. As a result I've re-drafted the text. There is still time for tweaks if you have strong feelings about this, but this meets most criteria. 


A landless knight, a Byzantine princess and a leper king—
The story of Balian d’Ibelin in the years before his fame.

Balian d’Ibelin saved thousands of women and children from slavery and brokered peace between Richard I and Saladin. Arab chronicles described him as “like a king,” and his descendants dominated the history of the Holy Land for the next century. Yet he inherited neither land nor titles and we know nothing of his youth. 

What made him the man he would become?

In this comprehensive revision of the first book in the Jerusalem Trilogy, Schrader evokes the underlying currents and powerful personalities that shaped the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. She weaves history with hypotheses to create a credible, if fictional, backstory for a hero: Balian d’Ibelin.

 

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Looking for the Right Text -- A Cover Blurb for "Balian d'Ibelin"

As I move toward the release of the revised edition of "Knight of Jerusalem" I am working on the "cover blurb" as well as the "keynote" that will describe the book. I thought I'd enlist your help! 
Let me know by email which of the three texts you think is most likely to attract readers.





1.     Hollywood made him a blacksmith, Arab chronicles said he was “like a king.” He defied Richard the Lionheart but served a leper. He married a dowager queen and founded a dynasty that dominated the history of the Holy Land for the next century. But who was Balian d’Ibelin? And what made him the man he was to become? In this the comprehensively revised first book in the Jerusalem Trilogy, Schrader weaves the known historical facts with plausible hypotheses to create a hero worthy of history. 



2.    He saved tens of thousands of women and children from slavery and brought peace between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. When he died, he was the premier baron in the realm and the founder of a semi-royal dynasty. Yet he started life as the youngest son of a parvenu baron without land or title, and almost nothing is known about his youth. In this comprehensive revision of the first book in the Jerusalem Trilogy, Schrader evokes the underlying currents and powerful personalities that shaped the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem at the end of the twelfth century to reconstruct a plausible, if fictional, biography of a hero: Balian d’Ibelin.  



3.    Hollywood made him a blacksmith, Arab chronicles said he was “like a king.” He defied Richard the Lionheart but served a leper. When he died, he was the premier baron in the realm and the founder of a semi-royal dynasty. Yet he started life as the youngest son of a parvenu baron without land or title, and almost nothing is known about his youth. Extrapolating from the scanty historical record, Schrader evokes the underlying currents and powerful personalities that shaped the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem at the end of the twelfth century to create a hero worthy of history.

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Thanks!