I think anyone who hangs their argument for historical accuracy on “there were no black/brown people or gay people in England at that time” doesn’t know that they’re talking about. I’m a stickler for historical accuracy, yes, but never have I said or thought that marginalised people don’t deserve an HEA or that they didn’t exist. I might only be an “armchair historian” but I know enough to know that England – London especially – was a melting pot. I’m more concerned with the number of authors who can’t get bloody titles and forms of address, or rules of inheritance right – things that are really easy to look up these days. Historical romance is – like most romance – fantasy and escapism, which isn’t to say that authors should try their best to get customs and conventions right. THAT’s my bugbear!
Reply To: Diversity in HRCaz Owens2021-03-21T13:03:38-04:00