A Guide to the Best Historical Novels and Tales
by Jonathan Nield
"These historical novels have taught all men this truth, which
looks like a truism, and yet was as good as unknown to writers
of history and others, till so taught: that the bygone ages of
the world were actually filled by living men, not by protocols,
state-papers, controversies, and abstractions of men."
--Carlyle on the Waverley novels.