Truth is often times stranger than fiction, so it should come as no surprise that many (if not most) fiction authors use historical events as the basis for their fictional works. Castles, Customs, and Kings is a compilation of concise essays written by historical fiction authors, and it does a great job of revealing the real life events that served as inspiration for the various authors and novels represented therein. A product of the English Historical Fiction Authors Blog, Castles, Customs, and Kings contains roughly 200 essays that cover a diverse array of topics from British history. As the title reveals, frequent...

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