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5.0 out of 5 stars a fountain of knowledge penned by wordsmiths who have a passion for the past., 20 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors (Paperback)
Behind every good historical novel is a ream of in-depth research. The characters and the plot are important, but blatant errors of fact can ruin the enjoyment of a fictional adventure. Most modern Historical Fiction authors take great care to delve into the reality of the period they intend to write about, often down to the minutest detail. This book is a splendid source of interesting information gleaned to serve as a solid foundation to some very good novels. Castles, Customs and Kings is a compilation of easy to read essays written by a variety of enthusiastic authors - some indie, some mainstream - all of whom possess a keenness to unravel the facts from the fiction. From Roman Britain to the Twentieth Century, the articles are superbly laid out in chronological order - you can dip in and out as you please, or read from article to article; either way, when you eventually put the book down you'll have discovered something new while being thoroughly entertained. This is an "I didn't know that" book, guaranteed to inspire and intrigue; you'll find yourself absorbed in the fountain of knowledge penned by wordsmiths who have a passion for the past.

(This book was a pre-published proof edition sent to me for review.
Helen Hollick is an author of Historical Fiction, Historical Adventure and UK Indie Review Editor for the Historical Novel Society )
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