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By Susanne Alleyn

This isn't a e-book on how one can write historic fiction. It is a publication on how not to jot down ancient fiction.

If you're keen on background and you’re challenging at paintings writing your first historic novel, yet you’re brooding about in the event that your medieval Irishmen could survive potatoes, in case your 17th-century pirate may use a revolver, or in the event that your hero will be capable of supply Marie-Antoinette a field of chocolate bonbons . . .

(The solution to most of these is “Absolutely not!”)

. . . then Medieval Underpants and different Blunders is the booklet for you.

Medieval Underpants will consultant you thru the real blunders that writers of ancient fiction—both novices and pro professionals—often make, and enable you to stay away from them. From fictional characters crossing streets that wouldn’t exist for an additional sixty (or thousand) years, to Nineties slang within the mouths of Nineteen Forties characters, to South American meals on old Roman plates, acclaimed ancient novelist Susanne Alleyn exposes the usually hilarious, regularly painful goofs that occur most often in fiction set within the past.

Alleyn stresses the risks to writers of assuming an excessive amount of approximately information of existence in earlier centuries, supplying quite a few examples of errors that may simply were kept away from. She additionally explores commonly-confused themes equivalent to the $64000 distinction among pistols and revolvers, and among the British titles “Lord John Smith” and “John, Lord Smith” and why they’re no longer interchangeable, and offers easy directions for buying them correct. In a large collection of chapters together with nutrients and vegetation; shuttle; weapons; cash; Hygiene; discussion; Attitudes; study; and, after all, Underpants, she bargains the right way to keep away from mistakes and anachronisms whereas constantly reminding writers of the need of meticulous historic research.

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4: Don’t Just Swallow the Propaganda, Clichés, & Myths 13. Bloopers: Hygiene, Cleanliness, & More 14. More Anachronisms Of Attitude: Servants—Not a Luxury, a Necessity 15. Bloopers: Guillotines & the Obligatory Heart-Wrenching French Revolution Execution Scene 16. A Grab Bag Of Oddments 17. And Finally, the End: Death & Burial 18. Bibliography & Research: Further Reading Afterword About the Author Click on any chapter heading in the body of the book to return to the Table of Contents. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Acknowledgments Thanks to all the fellow authors, editors, and fans of historical fiction, and readers of Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders, who sent me suggestions, corrections, priceless nuggets of information, pet peeves, and choice howlers they’ve come across in their own reading: including but not limited to Suzanne Adair, Albert Bell, Mari Bonomi, Margaret Chrisawn, Margaret Frazer, Peg Herring, Lin Jenkins, Martha Marks, Pat McIntosh, Nancy Means Wright, Meredith Phillips, Iva Polansky, Gev Sweeney, Sarah Waldock, and many other members of the Historical Fiction Authors Cooperative and CrimeThruTime who have shared their enthusiasm for history over the years.

Yes, I was careless and goofed there with a tiny, unimportant detail that had nothing to do with the plot. ) The big, honking, obvious howlers, however, are the ones that no self-respecting author/researcher should commit and no editor should let him get away with—though they often do. " "Never mind," the professional writer thinks, when he’s describing the food at Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s banquet, but is too busy or lazy to look up the histories of individual foods and find out whether or not tomato and basil salad dressed in olive oil (a nice modern Italian dish) could actually have been served there.

The big, honking, obvious howlers, however, are the ones that no self-respecting author/researcher should commit and no editor should let him get away with—though they often do. " "Never mind," the professional writer thinks, when he’s describing the food at Emperor Marcus Aurelius’s banquet, but is too busy or lazy to look up the histories of individual foods and find out whether or not tomato and basil salad dressed in olive oil (a nice modern Italian dish) could actually have been served there.

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