Why are we so attached to the severities of the past? Why are we so proud of having endured our fathers and our mothers, the fireless days and the meatless days, the cold winters and the sharp tongues? It's not as if we had a choice.
History is always changing behind us, and the past changes a little every time we retell it.
People who wrote literary novels about the past probably didn't want them pegged as historical fiction. Certainly that was true in England.
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