History is one of my favorite subjects. I read once that history is biography and I certainly enjoy reading a good biography. Recently I read “10 People Every Christian Should Know” by Warren W. Wiersbe. It’s a great little book of mini-biographies to give the reader a sort of appetizer. Wiersbe includes bibliographical information in the event a reader wishes to read more on a given historical figure in Christian history. I also enjoy reading historical fiction, but I’m kind of picky about it.
I prefer to read fictional stories set in historical settings as opposed to fictional stories employing factual characters. I don’t mind the appearance of historical figures as cameos or extras to lend credibility to the setting, but I don’t like it when they become part of the story itself. It really chaps my hide to read in a story an event or description which is incorrect. Unless the reader is really up on their history they won’t know where fact ends and fiction begins. I like history, and I like fiction but I don’t want to have to try to figure out which parts of the story are fact and which are fiction.
If a story or book is going to include major historical figures I’d prefer it to be an altered history where there is no possibility of confusion