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Feb 02 2009

Black ships before Troy by Rosemary Sutcliff

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Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2008.
ISBN 9781845078270
(Ages 10+) Black ships before Troy is the retelling of the story of The Iliad, the tale of the Greek ships going to Troy to take back Helen, taken by Paris, the son of the king of Troy. This book tells of the nature of the god of discord, Eris, leaving a golden apple before the three goddesses, with the words, To the fairest, written across it. This caused the discord which finally erupted into the Trojan Wars, and so set in train the events which followed. A fabulous retelling which will appeal to upper primary readers.
Fran Knight

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