Over the last month Dr Matt Phillpott has published on the IHR Digital blog a series of posts describing the results of his investigation into the history of historical fiction. The idea was to provide a brief overview of the subject.
These have now been collated into a short online article which is now available as a pdf file.
Alison Weir author of Innocent Traitor (2006); The Lady Elizabeth (2008); and The Captive Queen (2010) discusses her views of what makes good historical fiction and her relationship to academic history.
As some of you may already be aware the IHR are already building up to our Novel Approaches virtual conference on our IHR Digital Blog with a series of blog posts investigating the history of historical fiction and its relationship to academic history.
I’m the author of those posts (Matt Phillpott Project Officer forHistory SPOT) and I won’t claim to be an expert in this particular field. However, I nevertheless thought it would be interesting and fun to investigate the literature on the subject with a view to understanding its ebbs and flows from a beginners point of view.
If you haven’t already done so please do join me for this ‘prelude’.
The next post will be published at 3pm on Friday 11 November with subsequent posts published on the following Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Posts will then continue daily throughout the week of the virtual conference ending with their collation on Friday 25 November on the virtual conference site.