The Historian, Issue 117, Historical Fiction Edition

Richard Lee

The Spring 2013 issue of The Historian is a special historical fiction edition – and the Historical Association have very kindly allowed us to share with our members. It is a full colour 40 page magazine and features a wonderful range of articles, with Lindsey Davis on ‘true history’, Marc Morris on 1066, Fiona M. Collins on young readers and historical fiction. There is also Downton Abbey, a flash fiction competition, the shortlists for the Young Quills, and Henry VIII in ten tweets! And a piece by Richard Lee on the UK market for our genre, titled Historical Fiction: warts and all.

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  1. Martin Lake
    May 5, 2013

    This was a great magazine. I particularly liked your review of the field. Lots of food for thought throughout.

  2. Carole Freeman
    May 5, 2013

    I loved reading this free copy of the Historian. I particularly, enjoyed and agreed with LINDSAY DAVIS article on Historical Fiction starting with the quote “How can there be true history, when we see no man living is able to write truly the history of last week” -Thomas Shadwell from The Squire Of Alsatia.
    I agree totally with this article, Historical Fiction is written for entertainment and not for learning.

  3. Margaret Skea
    May 5, 2013

    This was a great read from end to end – thank you The Historian, for allowing this read online. Most of my old favourites in Children’s Historical fiction got a mention – and sent me back to the bookcase to check out the cover on my copy of The Woolpack. As for Richard’s article – it was especially interesting and a fantastic advert for the HNS.

  4. Elisabeth Storrs
    May 7, 2013

    Great article,Richard – What a fabulous magazine. And being a Romaphile, I loved Lindsey Davis’ article, of course 🙂