Re: Digest Number 846, Jack Lifton
- I beg to differ on Lindsey Davis.
Her books are not 'romance' and great fun to read. (Thankfully, I have not yet come across any ancient history related bodice rippers. If they are out there, I don't want to know...)
In the same category fall the 'Marcus Valerius Corvinus' mysteries by David Wishart, although he tends to overdo the modern vernacular.
We shouldn't discount entertainment in historical fiction.
--- In Roman_History_Books@yahoogroups.com, jacklifton@a... wrote:
> OK. I agree that Iggulden's historical accuracy is zero. He admits I think
> that he changes situations to make his stories better. He is however a good
> writer. If you want pure crap try Lindsey Davis. Her novels are romances done in
> Roman type drag.
> I think that probably the best educated writer of historical fiction of the
> period currently is Colleen MacCullough (I hope that I spelled her name
> correctly), but I admit that I couldn't finish "The October Horse." She and I had
> both run out of patience and interest in Caesar at that point.
> Roman archaeology and scholarly Roman historical studies are still evolving
> and growing. There is an evolution of Roman historical fiction just with
> regard to the historical knowledge available to the author. Compared to
> contemporary authors Shakespeare knew almost nothing of the actual history of Rome. Yet
> who can deny that his plays on the subject are the best works on the subject
> ever written in any language?
> Jack Lifton
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