Historical accuracy

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory

Historical fiction seems to be about a careful weaving of facts that can be verified and the stories you tell around them. This is most evident in Philippa Gregory‘s books about the royals in Britain, a series of books I think I own entirely in hardcover (demonstrating my respect for them).

In an interview posted on AbeBooks, she says ” In historical fiction, you have to imagine conversations that may have happened, based on the historical facts.”

I wonder if that also extends to deaths of historical figures where the cause of death goes undocumented (as far as I can tell through my research)?

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4 thoughts on “Historical accuracy

  1. too many authors don’t take the time to do the research, leaving the reader annoyed when they ‘know better’ than the author. i think you should make the effort to do your due dilligence and be able to say that you did the research (includling keeping good records of your findings) and then proceed.

  2. The trick is to keep good notes so that you can go back to them and at least back up your rationale for claiming an event is happening in the book. What specifically are you working on that you’re having trouble with? Tap the web – ask people if they know where you can answer the questions!

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