The Most Historically Inaccurate Fiction
Have a book where the author royally screwed up your favorite historical period? Characters? Historical events? Rewrote history? Historical romances wherein authors are too lazy to get their periods right are fair game on this list. Name them here and let's see who comes out as "top dog".
1 The Other Boleyn Girl (The ...
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2 The Da Vinci Code (Robert L...
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 1,188,465 ratings
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3 The Virgin's Lover (The Tud...
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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65 avg rating — 32,824 ratings
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4 The Queen's Fool (The Tudor...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 53,632 ratings
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5 The Pillars of the Earth  (...
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 316,902 ratings
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6 The Other Queen (The Tudor ...
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3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 24,525 ratings
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7 The Boleyn Inheritance (The...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 53,469 ratings
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8 Holy Bible: King James Version
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 114,211 ratings
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9 The Clansman: An Historical...
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2.42 of 5 stars 2.42 avg rating — 96 ratings
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10 The Captive Queen
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 3,627 ratings
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11 The Constant Princess (The ...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 85,541 ratings
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12 Eu, Maria Pia
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3.03 of 5 stars 3.03 avg rating — 32 ratings
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13 The Historian
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 151,039 ratings
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14 The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 160,167 ratings
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15 D. Estefânia: Um Trágico Amor
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3.12 of 5 stars 3.12 avg rating — 32 ratings
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16 Royal Blood
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3.3 of 5 stars 3.30 avg rating — 104 ratings
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17 The Book of Eleanor: A Nove...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 848 ratings
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18 Eleanor of Aquitaine
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3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 9 ratings
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19 The Memoirs of Mary Queen o...
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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 904 ratings
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20 Mistress of the Art of Deat...
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 21,065 ratings
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21 The White Queen (The Cousin...
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 73,785 ratings
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21 D. Maria II - Tudo por um R...
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 113 ratings
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23 Equador
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 2,681 ratings
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24 Codex 632
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 2,189 ratings
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24 A Fórmula de Deus (Tomás No...
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 2,490 ratings
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26 Minha Querida Inês
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2.96 of 5 stars 2.96 avg rating — 111 ratings
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27 Heir Apparent
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3.0 of 5 stars 3.00 avg rating — 10 ratings
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28 Marquesa de Alorna
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 78 ratings
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29 Gone with the Wind
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4.25 of 5 stars 4.25 avg rating — 614,333 ratings
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30 As luzes de Leonor
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 22 ratings
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31 Queen of Love
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1.0 of 5 stars 1.00 avg rating — 1 rating
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32 The Plot Against America
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 19,808 ratings
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32 At the King's Command (Tudo...
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 910 ratings
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32 The Hidden Diary of Marie A...
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 4,090 ratings
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35 The Tsarina's Daughter
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 1,386 ratings
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36 Getting Lucky
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3.27 of 5 stars 3.27 avg rating — 22 ratings
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36 Murder on Astor Place (Gasl...
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 3,750 ratings
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38 The Red Queen (The Cousins'...
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 29,244 ratings
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39 Queen of Lions
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3.2 of 5 stars 3.20 avg rating — 10 ratings
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39 O Último Segredo (Tomás Nor...
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 918 ratings
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41 Figures In Silk
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 1,136 ratings
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42 The Queen's Lover
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3.5 of 5 stars 3.50 avg rating — 646 ratings
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42 A Filha do Capitão
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 969 ratings
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44 Vow of Seduction (Knights o...
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3.26 of 5 stars 3.26 avg rating — 23 ratings
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44 A Restless Knight (The Drag...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 299 ratings
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44 O Anjo Branco
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 605 ratings
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47 To Touch the Knight
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 8 ratings
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48 To Tempt a Knight (The Brot...
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 135 ratings
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48 Português Suave
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2.96 of 5 stars 2.96 avg rating — 112 ratings
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50 Cemitério de Pianos
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 717 ratings
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Comments (showing 1-17 of 17) (17 new)

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message 1: by Misfit (new)

Misfit How did Twilight get on this list?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads That's what I was wondering.


message 4: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie Oh, because Twilight infiltrates everything. EVERYTHING.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Deleted for ludicrousness on this list:

Twilight.


message 6: by Misfit (new)

Misfit Susanna wrote: "Deleted for ludicrousness on this list:

Twilight."


Thank you.


message 7: by GoodOl'Magic (new)

GoodOl'Magic Why is The Boy in the Striped Pajamas here?

And can't Philippa Gregory get anything right?


message 8: by Julia (new)

Julia Boechat Machado I think the Boy in the Striped Pajamas is here because it's impossible. How could a nine years boy studying in a German school be so ignorant? I mean, I understand the misheard names, but he was not affected by the brainwash, his sister was not in Hitler Youth, he heard only a few things about Jewish people. He was not taught to adore Hitler or to hate his enemies. He even believed that Heil Hitler was a way to say good morning.
Victor Serge said that his son studied in a German school when he was four, in the thirties. When people asked what would he like to do when he grew up, he answered "kill all French people".


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads I'd like to hear an explanation of that one!


message 12: by Clarissa (new)

Clarissa Marie Lol at Phillippa Gregory.
Seriously, I'm awed by how wrong she is.

Why does she even bother?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Because it sells?


message 14: by Clarissa (new)

Clarissa Marie The question was rhetorical..I know that it sells.

But she should consider writing the story accurately--then she'd sell more.

Just my thoughts. :)


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Oh, I agree entirely!


message 16: by Clarissa (new)

Clarissa Marie Susanna wrote: "Oh, I agree entirely!"

I think most people like her writing, but if she was accurate, she'd have an entirely new fanbase. :)


message 17: by M (new)

M How is The Pillars of the Earth inaccurate?


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