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".
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61 books · 51 voters · list created August 30th, 2010 by Misfit (votes) .
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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 [deleted user] (new)

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".


Themis-Athena (Lioness at Large) The Holy Bible?!


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


message 12: by Clarissa (new)

Clarissa 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 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 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 Ðɑηηɑ (new)

Ðɑηηɑ How is The Pillars of the Earth inaccurate?


message 18: by Fiona (new)

Fiona Hurley Ðɑηηɑ wrote: "How is The Pillars of the Earth inaccurate?"

- Women wearing their hair loose.
- Literacy being common.
- People drinking beer (beer needs hops, which weren't introduced to England until the 16th century; before then people drank unhopped ale).
- A monastery taking in an orphaned baby portrayed as an unusual occurrence, instead of the common event it was
- Lack of religion permeating people's behavior and thoughts. Nobody seemed to pray when in trouble; there was no mention of patron saints; religion didn't motivate anyone other than the priests. For me, this was the most obvious inaccuracy, and particularly odd in a book about a cathedral.


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