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DISCOVER SLOVAKLAND

A Novel about the Epic History of Central Europe

Available on Amazon/Kindle: ISBN 9798772086308 and through bookstores ISBN 9781088066409

The Lednica Castle Today
Village of Zubak
Palanok Castle--Mukachevo, Ukraine
Map center of Europe
One of 3 houses that did not burn in 1800
The Trencin Castle
The Bratislava Castle on the Danube
Slovakland--eBook cover showing the old Lednica Castle

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT SLOVAKIA?

When it comes to the epic history of Central Europe, the Slovaks were involved in it all, yet little is known of their story. Textbooks skim or omit it. Even my Slovak immigrant grandparents never talked about the "old country". 


The captivating history of the Slovaks is finally told here. It begins with a cunning jewel heist and escape from the Hunnic Avars in 791. The characters then survive through the centuries as they become part of Great Moravia, Magyar-controlled Hungary, and finally the mighty Austro-Hungarian Empire. The years connect them to Charlemagne, Crusaders and the Mongols. They survive plagues, famines, bloody battles, fires and cruel lords. We see them forced to work, fight, and change their religion. They learn to live by their wits and determination. Yes, they eventually rebel.


Despite the rape, plunder and gore, there are many light moments--the crazy priest, magnificent knights, the wonder of building a castle.  And here the beautiful and mighty Slovak castles are settings for their own intriguing stories, not stand-ins for Game of Thrones or Braveheart.  


Come and take a journey through the ages. You may be surprised at what you learn!

Helena

                                                            A big thank you to the Rick Steves' organization for recognizing Central Europe as a special place                                                                     distinct from Eastern Europe. Look for references to Central Europe to pop up in his guidebooks and                                                                tours. 

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TAKE THE CENTRAL/EASTERN EUROPEAN QUIZ

10 Questions

SLOVAKIA IS THE CENTER OF EUROPE

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LOCATIONS IN THE BOOK

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View Locations in Slovakland

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Helena recently visited sites from the book in Slovakia, Czechia and Austria. Here are photos of how they look today.

Charming old woman on the main Zubak roa
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At the Plague Victim's Memorial Pillar -
Example of the brick-and-wattle system o
The Lednica Castle Ruins_edited.jpg
Ladder to the upper part of the Lednica
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At the Puchov Train Station_edited.jpg
Memorial to Hus-Old Town Square--Prague
Interior of the Current Church in Lednic
Cousin Jaroslav Zachar, Mark, Hely, Brec
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View of Lednica from the Magpie Steps_ed
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Memorial to Sigismund_edited.jpg
Memorial to Wenceslaus_edited.jpg
Hus Manument--Old Town Square. Hus is fa
Entgrance to the Palace - Vienna_edited.