Writing historical fiction is a little like crossing a raging river. There are stepping stones you must use. They stand out from the general flow. They are the well known characters in the tale. Then there is the surging current around them which is everything in life that tried to immerse them and drag them down. You have to take care of that as well. It’s what adds the human touch to the dull stuff. It’s also where the writer has the opportunity to add colour and take liberties (make stuff up). It’s slippery around those rocks!