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historical fiction

noun
1.
the genre of literature, film, etc., comprising narratives that take place in the past and are characterized chiefly by an imaginative reconstruction of historical events and personages.
2.
works of this genre, as novels and plays.
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Contemporary definitions for historical fiction
noun

a novel set among actual events or a specific period of history; also called historical novel

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