Bettany Hughes is a cultural and social historian, writer, and television presenter. She received degrees in ancient and medieval history at Oxford University and has carried out research in the Balkans, Greece, and Asia Minor. She has presented numerous documentaries and historical series for the BBC, PBS, and the Discovery Channel, and also writes pieces on popular history for several newspapers and magazines.
"Dazzling. . . A look at the love match between beauty and power, displaying the archetypal 'trophy mistress" to the modern world." -O, The Oprah Magazine
"A divine biography. . . . Sizzling. . . . [Hughes], a young
British historian, explores not only the Bronze Age babe but also
what she has meant throughout history and the cultural significance
of being both desired and despised." -USA Today "[Hughes']
multi-faceted, multi-hued, and multi-period portrait of la Belle
Helene will capture the imagination of professional scholars and
general readers alike. I cannot recommend it too strongly."
-Professor Paul Cartledge, Cambridge University "Hughes brings a
passion for ancient history and archaeology crossed with a strain
of feminism to the figure of Helen." -The Washington Post Book
World "The book triumphantly reclaims Helen from some of her
traducers. Hughes's portrait is as close to a real, living Helen as
we are likely to get."
-Financial Times "When Helen launched her "thousand ships," was she a "shameless hussy?" Or, like her mother, was she a rape victim? . . . The answers have always depended on who you speak to and when. Hughes has them all."
-The Times "Hughes skillfully brings this period back to life. A fascinating window onto the power politics of an age . . . a genuinely exciting historical narrative."