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The English Civil Wars

The English Civil Wars is a period rich in opportunities for the author.  There is the breakdown of political society culminating of the ...Read Guide

Forthcoming Historical Novels

The Historical Novel Society has been tracking forthcoming historical novels for many years.  These lists of historical fiction titles are based on publishers’ ...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

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

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

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

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

Edith Swan-neck and The Battle of Hastings

Shortly after The Battle of Hastings Eadgifu Swanneshals, known as Edith Swan-neck was brought to the field at Senlac by two priests of ...Read Guide

Queen Alditha – Harold’s Queen

Queen Alditha – Harold’s Queen Before he was crowned as King in January 1066, Harold Godwinesson had what we would now call a common ...Read Guide