Leonardos (in Greek Γιώργος
Λεονάρδος) is a Greek
author of historical novels. Son of Anastase and Maria, he was
born in Alexandria Egypt on 20 February 1937.
His father died when he was two years old. He
lived with his mother in Alexandria until 1954. He was an avid
reader of fiction and history, and as a high school student in
Alexandria had his short stories published in Tahidromos and
Anatoli, the Greek daily newspapers of the city.
In 1954 he moved to Greece to study Physics at
the University of Thessaloniki. After his graduation, he
studied journalism and began to work as a journalist. He
worked as a reporter for major Athens newspapers Apogevmatini,
Eleftherotypia, Mesimvrini, Eleftheros Typos, Ethnos and as a
columnist in the financial paper Kerdos.
awarded in 2008 with the highest Greek State Award for
Literature and Novels by the Greek Prime Minister Antonis
Samaras, then Minister of Cultural Affairs.
He was the first correspondent of the Athens News
Agency in Belgrade in 1964, and later in New York in 1976,
where he was also appointed manager of the local Greek
newspaper Ethnicos Kirikas. He has also worked as a newscaster
in the public and private television channels in Greece, and
he was sent as a correspondent on the Vietnam War, the Iran-
Iraq War and the Persian Gulf War. He is a member of the
Editor’s Association of Daily Press in Greece and the
National Society of Greek Writers. His first novel, “Grandma’s
Red Sofa”, was published in 1992.
He was twice awarded with the prize for the best
historical novel by the Greek Society of Christian Studies for
his novels “Mara, the Christian Sultana” and
“Sleeping Beauty of Mystra”. He was also awarded
with the Botsis Foundation prize for his services to
journalism and literature.
In 2008 he was awarded with the highest
Greek State Prize of
Literature for his historical
Palaeologian Dynasty. The Rise and Fall of Byzantium”,
and specially for the third
historical novel of the mentioned trilogy “The Last
He has written the novels: “Grandma’s
Red Sofa”, 1992, “The House Above the Catacombs”,
1993, “Eva”, 1994, “The Magnet’s
Poles” 1995, “Earth's Lovers”, 1996 and the
from the Soul”, 1997.
historical novels are: “Barbarossa the Pirate”,
1998, which was also published in England, Italy and Turkey,
“Mara, the Christian Sultana”, 1999, “Mary
Magdalene” 2001, “Sleeping Beauty of Mystra”
2003, “Michael VIII Palaeologue” 2004, “The
Palaeologues”, 2006, “The Last Palaeologue”,
2007, “ Sophia Palaeologina – From Byzantium to
Russia”, 2008 and finally “Magellan – Three
Greeks in the end of the World”, 2009. In 1980 he
published the English-Greek Dictionary of Scientific and
Military Terms, and in 2000 he published “The Structure
of the Novel”.