"No history is accurate, not even the very best we have."
March 25, 2014 2:13 PM Subscribe
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In How History Can Be Used in Fiction
historian Ada Palmer explores how two TV series about the Borgia family succeed or fail at conveying a period feel, where and why modern sensibilities influence the shows, and how the characterization of a protagonist whose age is historically uncertain can be affected by making him younger or older. It finally concludes with a discussion of why communication can be more important than accuracy and why some changes from historical fact strengthen fiction and others weaken it.
This piece originally appeared on Palmer's excellent Renaissance Italy-focused blog Ex Urbe
. Previously on Metafilter
(though it was anonymous then).