Historical fiction is a literary genre in which the action takes place in the past. The settings are drawn from history, and often contains historical persons. Works in this genre often portray the manners and social conditions of the persons or times presented in the story, with attention paid to period detail.
Historical fiction presents people and events from the point of view of characters of the time period depicted. Artistic license is permitted in regard to presentation, subject matter, and historical facts.
Lynda Adamson, in her preface to the bibliographic reference work World Historical Fiction, states that while a "generally accepted definition" for the historical novel is a novel "about a time period at least 25 years before it was written", people will view a novel as "historical" if it is about a past time period, even if the author was writing about his or her own time, and she gives Jane Austen as an example.
- Alternate history
- Historical fiction awards
- Epic film
- Historical fantasy
- Historical novel
- Historical romance
- Historical whodunnit
- List of historical drama films
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- Historical Fiction recommended reading
- Historical Fiction database, divided by time period.
- Audio Archives from "Historical Fiction and The Search for Truth"- 2009 Key West Literary Seminar
- The Historical Novel Society - Historical Novel Society an international organization for historical fiction writers and readers
- Defining the Genre: What are the rules for historical fiction? from the Historical Novel Society
- Historical Fiction Festival Annual event in Summerhall, Edinburgh, for writers and audiences to discuss historical fiction.