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“History is Bunk,” and other Facts of History (with a Bit of Irony )

 Recently, I again came across someone quoting that hoary “history is bunk” statement, attributed to Henry Ford.  I have never considered those who quote it worth the effort to engage,  but this time it got me thinking about the facts … Continue reading

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“Droit de Seigneur:” Thoughts on the Outer Limits of History and Historical Novels.

 A true story:  A female student in my Western Civ. asked me rather excitedly if I had heard about ‘droit de seigneur,’ and if it was “true.”  Wearing my historian hat, I said, yes, and no. She started to walk … Continue reading

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Chick-lit with Wimples

[ Hilary Mantel] goes on: “There is a certain strand of historical fiction of which this is certainly true; it is chick-lit with wimples. But that is not the kind of historical fiction that is under attack. It’s too soft of a target. The grumbling is aimed at literary fiction set in the past, which is accused of being, by its nature, escapist.”

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Historical Fiction and “Real Historical Facts”

… no readers of science fiction (as far as I know), would point out to the author that s/he has the information wrong because they know for sure that the decontamination chamber on Zenon X is painted in blue and not green, or that it wasn’t in operation until 26956, give or take a few centaves… But in historical fiction, readers do expect some of the “real historical facts,” even though some don’t want to be swamped by a lot of them.
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