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.
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.