Historical novel

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Historical novels place their fictional characters in historical settings where they interact with the real people of the time. Early Chinese examples include the fourteenth-century Sanguo yanyi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms) by Luo Guanzhong, and the early-sixteenth-century Yinglie zhuan (Romance of Ming Dynasty Heroes), often attributed to Guo Xun. Some of the earliest European writers of historical fiction, beginning around 1800, were Sir Walter Scott and Alexandre Dumas the Elder. The genre continues today with authors such as George MacDonald Fraser and Philippa Gregory.