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Beyond the Bodice-Ripper

By Jerome de Groot | Published in History Today 2009 
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Following decades in the literary doldrums, considered a genre for romance or military fantasy, the historical novel in the past two decades has never been more alive nor so fashionable, writes Jerome de Groot.

It would now be difficult to think of a serious contemporary novelist who has not written at least one historical novel and many important and popular writers – Sarah Waters, Pat Barker, Margaret Atwood, A.S. Byatt, David Peace – have spent most of their careers writing about the past. 


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