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To: Antoninus
historical fiction

What is the point in writing fiction about this period. There is enough fantastic history written to fill a library about the Crusades and related things that followed it. Real life can be as interesting as fiction.

7 posted on 10/18/2010 11:37:36 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: Texas Fossil
What is the point in writing fiction about this period. There is enough fantastic history written to fill a library about the Crusades and related things that followed it. Real life can be as interesting as fiction.

I agree.

Don't get me wrong--I'm a huge proponent of studying actual history. But if it weren't for some really compelling fiction books, my historical interests would be a lot more insular.

Historical fiction helps bring actual history alive and serves as a gateway to more scholarly study.
8 posted on 10/18/2010 12:49:35 PM PDT by Antoninus (It's long past time for conservatives to stop voting for Republican liberals. Enough!)
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To: Texas Fossil; Antoninus

Putting the “flesh” of story around the bones of facts has always been a part of good literature, and good history too I’d argue.

Great review Antoninus, thanks for the ping!


9 posted on 10/18/2010 12:59:10 PM PDT by Claud
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