Guides

Forthcoming Historical Novels

The Historical Novel Society has been providing annual guides to historical novels for many years.  These lists are based on publishers’ catalogs, publisher ...Read Guide

The Classic Age of Sail

The sea has always fascinated man. Over the centuries is the medium that has brought the nations of the world together in trade ...Read Guide

Ancient Rome – a guide

Ancient Rome was a frequent subject of Victorian historical fiction and also popular throughout the 20th century. It was similarly popular in movies, ...Read Guide

The problem of truth in history and fiction: a speech by Richard Lee

History is but a fable agreed upon: the problem of truth in history and fiction This speech was given by our founder Richard ...Read Guide

Titanic novels

The White Star Line’s iconic though ill-fated super liner ‘Titanic’ has long been a favourite subject for writers of both fact and ...Read Guide

King Arthur in historical fiction

I once spoke with the senior fiction editor at a New York publishing house. She held the opinion that every decade there is ...Read Guide

The Knights Templar

Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, villain of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, early established the role of the Templar in historical fiction – a proud Christian ...Read Guide

Defining the Genre: What are the rules for historical fiction? by Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson Eastern Illinois University [This speech formed part of a panel discussion on historical fiction at the Associated Writing Programs annual conference ...Read Guide

Some Web Resources for 1066

Game Excellent 1066 game – play with the family and introduce them to Fulford, Stamford Bridge and Hastings (Senlac). Warning: contains some taunts with some (...Read Guide

1066 in historical fiction

Supposedly the last date when the English were conquered, 1066 has long been an iconic, favoured subject for historical fiction. It is a bloody, ...Read Guide