Do any of you have any historical fiction authors you swear by? Other than Bernard Cornwall anyway.
Mika Waltari, Robert Graves, and George MacDonald Fraser.
The analogy I would use is science-fiction: writing a scientifically or historically accurate story is not necessarily the same as writing a good story, and vice versa. It's certainly nice to encounter an author who has Done the Research, but it isn't essential if it's artistic licence in the name of a good story. On the other hand, if it's just a sloppy error that could easily have been corrected, and can't be justified on a story basis, that's just annoying.
(An example of a sloppy error, even in the likes of Cornwall: his first Saxon book has a Viking leader dressed in black. Northern and Western Europe didn't have black dye at that time).
Edited by Seņor Bolton's Latin Leech, 20 June 2014 - 12:55 AM.