Historical Events in London

Next month, I’m going to London to the IHR’s Novel Approaches Conference which looks at the differences and similarities between academic history and historical fiction. This is a subject I’ve been interested in for quite a while. I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with historical fiction. Some of my favourite novels are historical fiction but inaccuracies and deviations from historical fact drive me crazy.

While I’m in London, I’m going to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the National Gallery. I don’t know all that much about him but I’m really excited to see the exhibition. Ironically, given the conference, much of what I do know about him comes from historical fiction, specifically Samuel Black’s “The Ground is Burning” which I thought was fantastic.

The Belle Ferronnière, Da Vinci

I’m also hoping to visit the Royal Manuscripts exhibition at the British Library. This looks set to be a fantastic chance to see some of the British Library’s most beautiful items: the illuminated manuscripts from the the Medieval and Early Modern periods, belonging to kings and queens.

The History of Good King Alexander the Great

The Exploits of Alexander the Great, Paris, c.1420-1425

2 thoughts on “Historical Events in London

  1. Sam

    leo Da Vinci is one of my faves! I need to go see that!!!! Also british library 🙁 I don’t have enough time off work to get there too 🙁 🙁 Enjoy and let us know what it’s like!

    1. Gillian Post author

      I know how you feel! I have used up almost all of my holidays already, and won’t have any more until February. This seemed worth it though. The Da Vinci exhibition looks amazing. It’s on for quite a while so I hope you can get to it. Will definitely do a post when I get back.


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