The difference between a history book and a historical novel isn't the amount of research put into them, but the alacrity of the novelist in moving events around, adding and subtracting characters, compressing and extending the actual time an event took place, changing locations to fit the new story.
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Historians stick to the records, with footnotes to show it. Novelists use poetic license to tell us what major and minor persona were thinking. For that historians go to diaries, memoirs, interviews when not too long ago. Still, both offer interesting historical titbits they picked along the way.
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