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 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.

Unfortunately, the survey feature has disappeared so drop me an email with your comments at: hps_books@yahoo.com

Thanks!

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