Imagination and history can be a confluence of literary beauty

Literary fiction and historical fact have an uneasy relationship that goes back a long way. Historians, who take their discipline extremely seriously, can often be sniffed at by the way authors weave an imaginary past into the fabric of something nominally authentic.

It distorts the truth, they argue, and tends to elevate the heroic myth above a more complex reality. Not that academic historiography is a completely reliable guide either.

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