So there I was, descending down into Egyptian tombs and crypts built three or four thousand years before, doing research for the Eye of Isis novels. The craftsmanship of the tomb paintings and temple carvings is such that it does not require much sleight of mind to imagine yourself back in that day.
Although, sometimes? The paintings jerk you right back into the now.
The one major revelation that comes from researching and writing historical fiction is that these people are first and foremost human beings. They laugh, they cry, they love, they build, they fight, they mourn. The primary differences between now and then come from the tech available in our respective times. Writing Silk and Song taught me much the same thing, especially in matters of foreign trade and banking. A mortgage in 1327 was a mortgage in 47BC is a mortgage in 2022–a loan made on the worth of a piece of real property.
And yes, I’m happy to have that argument anytime, anywhere.
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