01 Jan '20 20:29>
@benjamin-barker saidAgain, a writer of historical fiction is different from a historical scholar or academic historian.
To be honest I am not flattered to be referred to as a historic scholar - I would be more chuffed if people complimented the book for being a page turner and an exciting read than a dry historic text. I don't play fast and loose with the facts but I do use artistic license to make it more dramatic and of interest to an modern audience who would enjoy the likes of "Game of Thrones".
They simply do different things.
"I don't play fast and loose with the facts …"
Yet many of the biographical 'facts' about ancient people tend to be unknown or disputed.
This may give ample room for 'artistic license'.
I have no objection to Benjamin-Barker writing historical fiction.
Readers simply should be aware that his novel is entertainment (like 'Game of Thrones' ).