History is the witness that testifies to the passing of time: it illumines reality, vitalizes memory, provides guidance in daily life, and brings us tidings of antiquity.
– Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)
Historical novels seem to be incredible popular at the moment.
Whenever I search for books in my local library, or on its website for ebooks, historical novels are one of the top categories. It’s probably no surprise in a way, because since a book is about escapism in a fun way, historical fiction takes a reader further away into the real world, and deeper into another realm.
Last year, the sole columnist of The Stylist magazine, Lucy Mangan, claimed in one of her columns entitled ‘Historical Fiction Changed My Life’¹ that historical novels are the best way to learn about history. Continue reading Historical Novels: Matthew Shardlake meets Prior Philip of Kingsbridge