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Focusing on the 'real' Helen of Troy, this book re-constructs the context of life in the Bronze Age Greece for this pre-historic princess. Through the eyes of an aristocratic Mycenaean woman, it looks at the social and political minutiae that would have made Helen who she was. It unpacks the myths surrounding this enigmatic figure.
Bettany Hughes studied ancient and medieval history at Oxford and completed an M.A. in public culture in the Ottoman Empire.She has been widely acknowledged as the best of the new generation of TV historians and has fronted for Channel 4 acclaimed programmes on the Spartans and the Minoans as well as The Seven Ages of Britain - a social history from the Ice Age to the Industrial Revolution.