TRUE TO DETAIL BUT OPEN IN SCOPE
I agree, generally speaking. Although the very best historical fiction (and I read a lot of historical fiction, it is one of my favorite genres to consume) is both highly accurate on the specific details (historical dialogue, terminology, true events, etc.) and extremely interesting on those many things and characters beyond the actual historical circumstances.
That is to say that to me the very best historical fiction is highly accurate regarding the actual history but subtly and expansively literate and fictional regarding those events and situations and characters that occur beyond the scope of, or outside the true nature of recorded history.
It is accurate as to real history but speculative as to those things that occur beyond the scope of recorded history.
It is like a microscope to actual history but more like a radio telescope as to those things that exist beyond visual range.
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