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Why read about the Tudors in historical fiction?
March 5, 2013
3:28 pm
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ingibjorg
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Dear members of this forum,

I would be ever so grateful if you could help me. I’m doing some research on the reasons why people write and read historical fiction set in the Tudor period, in particular on why they like to write and/or read a novel about the same events or the same historical figure again and again. Is it not just always the same story?

I’m one of those who like to read about the same events/people again and again, but I can only answer for myself as to reasons; I need more information from a wide variety of people.

I’m preparing a talk on this issue and would appreciate your comments very much; I may quote you in my paper and so would advice only those who do not mind this to reply to this post.

With my best wishes,

Ingibjörg, or Inga for short

Ingibjörg Ágústsdóttir

May 17, 2013
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Anne fan
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Hi Inga

I don’t know about anyone else but I read about them because they are fascinating.

I wrote about them because there were so many fictional accounts I didn’t agree with. Also, as an author you get quite obsessive about the characters and they come alive in your head, so when there is a conflict in the sources you can make the judgement call that feels right.

Obviously other authors do the same!

All the best.

May 20, 2013
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I read historical fiction to get ideas for poetry and also to see how writers perceive certsin Historical figures (Anne Boleyn, Mary Howard etc.
Its also nice to escape reality for a while.

May 20, 2013
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Rebecca said

I read historical fiction to get ideas for poetry and also to see how writers perceive certsin Historical figures (Anne Boleyn, Mary Howard etc.
Its also nice to escape reality for a while.

Yes I agree it is. Reading any historical book be it factual or fiction is better than any film and as strange as this will sound the pictures are better.

Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod

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