The weirdest thing I’ve learned reading fiction.
I’d say it’s how many authors that write historical fiction have no knowledge of the time period they are writing about. Here’s some examples:
Found in a religious bookstore, a book about the fall of Jerusalem in 70AD
· The doors to the temple were made out of mahogany. Wrong, Cedars of Lebanon dummy, read your bible. Mahogany comes from South America.
· Introduces Flavius Josephus before the revolt in Jerusalem. Youseph ben Youseph didn’t change his name until spared by Vespasian after he was captured at the battle of Jotapata.
· A character says he’s from Saudi Arabia. That didn’t happen until after WWI. There was an Arabian Peninsula, but they were called Nabateans at this time.
Another book on the Vikings has them eating potatoes, six hundred years before Pizzaro conquers the Inca.
Food is the big giveaway in historical fiction as much of our diet today comes after Columbus. Potatoes, yellow corn, tomatoes, all types of chile, eggplant, sweet potatoes to name a few of the food from the New World. Sorry the Romans had pasta, but no tomato sauce for spaghetti. Yes, Romans had pasta, it was developed for long voyages aboard ships. Marco Polo only said the Chinese had noodles similar to the ones in Italy.
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