• So, then, the best of the historian is subject to the poet; for whatsoever action or faction, whatsoever counsel, policy, or war-stratagem the historian is bound to recite, that may the poet, if he list, with his imitation make his own, beautifying it both for further teaching and more delighting, as it pleaseth him; having all, from Dante’s Heaven to his Hell, under the authority of his pen.

    Sir Philip Sidney, Thomas Babington Macaulay (2010). “English Essays: From Sir Philip Sidney to Macaulay”, p.23, Cosimo, Inc.