Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is a narrative that is set in the past but is not a true story. Often the author will use real historic events, characters, and locations to add realism to the work. Authors may also exaggerate or amend actual events to fit the plot.

Sculptor Anne Seymour Damer Meets Napoleon

On May, 1, 1815, English sculptor Anne Seymour Damer stood in a room at the Palais Elysée in Paris. His Imperial Majesty Napoleon I had commanded her presence. Her appointment was at 10 a.m. She had been waiting two hours. Finally, a servant approached her. “Madam, please follow me.” The…

The Battle Between King Arthur and King Colgrin

King Arthur yelled from atop his trusty steed, Llamrei. “Sir Galahad! Call the knights together. Messengers just alerted me that we will be attacked in a fortnight.” Sir Galahad waved to King Arthur and rode off. The next day all the knights were assembled at the round table. “Men,” said…

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

Rachel Carson ran home from school. “Mom! Mom!” Mom stood on the front porch. “What’s wrong, Rachel?” “They’re digging up the meadow. There are trucks and men all over.” Rachel paused to catch her breath. “Our beautiful meadow. It’s being destroyed.” Mom gave Rachel a hug. “Yes, honey. It’s called…

Nathanael Greene, the Youngest Brigadier General in the Continental Army

Nathanael took a deep breath and limped out of the room. “They denied my election as an officer. I didn’t make it because of my stiff knee. The committee feels that an officer with a limp will appear weak to his men and to the enemy.” “Tough going, friend,” said…

Louisa May Alcott’s First Book

Louisa grabbed her hat and coat. “See you later. I’m late for work.” She dashed out the door and raced toward town. “Whew! I made it.” She smiled at Mr. Wilmington. “Good morning. I’ll take over now. Class open your readers to page ten.” Mr. Wilmington nodded and left the…

Adam Oleary Meets Aleksey, the Russian Tsar

Adam Oleary paced the floor. As a famous German scholar, he had visited many important people. However, this was his first visit with Aleksey Mikhailovich, Tsar of Russia. Within the Kremlin, a fortified complex in the heart of Moscow, he waited for the tsar. “I don’t know what to expect,”…

Calm in Storm

Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities is about two  cities — London and Paris — during the French Revolution. This passage is about the time when the guillotine, a killing machine developed to efficiently behead people, was in steady use by the new government in France. ——————————— There was…

Osceola and the Indian Removal Act

Osceola paced in front of his thatched-roof home. He was mumbling to himself when his friend Hachi began to pace with him. “You look troubled, Osceola,” said Hachi. “You have heard of the Indian Removal Act.” Osceola stopped pacing. “It is terrible. President Andrew Jackson proposes that we give up…

The Lady Librarians of the 1930s

Nan Collins shivered, wrapping her wool scarf around her neck more tightly. She adjusted the angle of her brimmed hat, tilting it to better protect her against the misty rain that seems to hover this morning in the cold mountain air. With a cluck of her tongue and a gentle…