Entertaining Novel Lacking Historical Accuracy,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Within the Hollow Crown: A Reluctant King, a Desperate Nation, and the Most Misunderstood Reign in History (Taschenbuch)
'Within the Hollow Crown' bears the subtitle 'A Reluctant King, a Desperate Nation, and the Most Misunderstood Reign in History'. Though it is perfectly possible that the publishers rather than the author is responsible for this tag, it should have alerted me to the fact that the novel is not exactly one of outstanding historical accuracy. Richard II was neither a reluctant king nor is his reign the most misunderstood reign in history.
Of course, as a novel, it is perfectly acceptable that the book takes poetic licences with facts, particularly as it covers a long period of time. Interpretations of motives and characters are what makes historical novels interesting as here (unlike in non-fiction books) it is possible to try to get behind the bare facts and explain why history happened as it did. It is therefore a question of taste and previous knowledge whether the extent to which this happens annoys or not. While I found this book quite interesting and entertaining, it also disappointed and, in parts, irritated me. Since I know quite a bit about the reign of Richard II, the historical inaccuracies just rub me the wrong way. But worse than simple factual mistakes are, in my opinion, if the characters who inhabit the late fourteenth century exhibit the emotions and attitudes of today. Additionally, personally, I found the characters not particularly convincing and rather flat.
To sum up: The book is an entertaining novel but possibly not really advisable for readers who expect historical accuracy or complex characters.
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