“The field of battle is a festival of honour; a sublime pageant. But this is war!” (Sir Robert Ker Porter, 1809.)
Summoned to Waterloo by Robert Alexander Hillingford, 1897.
Whether it is touched upon in conversation between those characters safe on the home front or dealt with directly via a character who has been in the military or is still serving abroad, war is a part of many historical novels. Indeed, there aren’t many fans of Georgian and Regency fiction who could not recite to you the salient facts of the Battles of Trafalgar or Waterloo. However, what makes us, as readers, invested in the characters does not come down to a mere recitation of facts on a timeline. It comes down to emotional authenticity. Continue reading