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We like historical films to be factually accurate, but we also like them to reflect our sensibilities.
How does the reader decide if a history book is worth their time?
Blessed with beauty and wealth, California fails to come to terms with its past.
How will modern women respond to the realities of a 16th-century life?
The propagation of humanity has been a bloody struggle for women.
Time in the early modern world lacked precision, but it did have humanity.
Sexual exploitation by powerful men has a long history. Will it ever end?
In a diverse field, expertise should remain at the heart of history on television.
The past can seem like a timeline of horrors. But might it also remind us of our own failings – and help to put them right?
Both history and historical fiction depend on a combination of imagination and rigorous research. The difference is found in the balance of these ingredients.