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Most Inaccurate Historical Fiction Per Goodreads (And Me)

Historical fiction, by definition, stretches the truth for the sake of narrative. It's unlikely that JP Morgan invited Henry Ford to a secret meeting at his home so they could form a mystic society, as is depicted in a chapter of "Ragtime" by EL Doctorow, but at least the confabulation is based on the real historical figures' vivid and somewhat nutty personalities. The happy-go-lucky darkies and gallant Southern gentlemen of "Gone With the Wind," however, may be more the product of Miss Mitchell's imagination than anthropological research. Here are some more books which fans of the genre believe to have exceeded artistic license, plus a couple that I found just silly.
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The Other Boleyn Girl
The Other Boleyn Girl
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The Queen's Fool
The Queen's Fool
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Gone With the Wind
Gone With the Wind
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The Boleyn Inheritance
The Boleyn Inheritance
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The Constant Princess
The Constant Princess
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The Murder of King Tut (James Patterson)
The Murder of King Tut (James Patterson)
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The Virgin's Lover
The Virgin's Lover
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Richard III
Richard III
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The Other Queen (Philippa Gregory)
The Other Queen (Philippa Gregory)
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Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)
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The White Queen
The White Queen
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The Red Queen
The Red Queen
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Uncle Tom's Cabin
Uncle Tom's Cabin
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Ivanhoe
Ivanhoe
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The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth
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The Clansman (Thomas Dixon Jr.)
The Clansman (Thomas Dixon Jr.)
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The White Princess (Philippa Gregory)
The White Princess (Philippa Gregory)
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The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
The Secret History of the Pink Carnation
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Mistress of the Art of Death
Mistress of the Art of Death
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The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
The Scarlet Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
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The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
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The King's Daughter (Sandra Worth)
The King's Daughter (Sandra Worth)
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Labyrinth
Labyrinth
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The Expected One
The Expected One
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The Deerslayer
The Deerslayer
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The Last of the Mohicans
The Last of the Mohicans
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The Queen's Fool (Philippa Gregory)
The Queen's Fool (Philippa Gregory)
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (John Boyne)
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Those Who Love (Irving Stone)
Those Who Love (Irving Stone)
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Abraham Africanus I (JF Feeks)
Abraham Africanus I (JF Feeks)
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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
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The Tsarina's Daughter (Carolly Erickson)
The Tsarina's Daughter (Carolly Erickson)
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A Broken Vessel
A Broken Vessel
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Brief Gaudy Hour (Margaret Campbell Barnes)
Brief Gaudy Hour (Margaret Campbell Barnes)
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The Gates of Rome (Conn Iggulden)
The Gates of Rome (Conn Iggulden)
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The Spy (James Fenimore Cooper)
The Spy (James Fenimore Cooper)
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Forever Amber
Forever Amber
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Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead (Nick Drake)
Nefertiti: The Book of the Dead (Nick Drake)
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Mistress of Rome (Kate Quinn)
Mistress of Rome (Kate Quinn)
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Sister Teresa (Barbara Mujica)
Sister Teresa (Barbara Mujica)
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