Historical Fiction: How much history can you just invent?

I think it’s up to the writer. However, adding things to history can break it.

Personally, I prefer to be limited and consistent about what I make up. In my War of the Roses series, nobody above the rank of minor lord is fictional. Nor do I change any events. I only add stuff that might have missed being recorded.

I feel OK about making up petty lords and commoners because the stories are about the Wars of the Roses from the point of view of the gentry in general, not a specific family.

If I had a visiting aristocrat from – say – Germany, I would probably just make him up. The stories aren’t about German history.

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