Re: Fictional history is best. And that’s the truth
When at school I absolutely HATED history, boring to say the least, but reading books like Hannibal (Pride of Carthage), Gates of Fire, various Alexander stories, a few Roman, Religion plus the authors already mentioned, I now adore Historical fiction (eventhough i've never read Renault), with Scarrow (escpecially his excellent Napoleon series) and Cornwell up there with the best IMO. While Flashmans been on my to get list for sometime (note to self, Must find Flashman).
As long as artistic lisence is noted and the reasons given then i'm not that bothered if a book isn't exactly as things happened, sometimes an author needs to bend the tale a little to make the book flow smoothly