Ian Mortimer's 'What Isn't History?' Available in eBook

Bestselling author and medieval English historian Ian Mortimer has gathered selected articles and speeches on writing history and historical fiction into one collection titled, What Isn't History? In this new collection, Mortimer explores the essential questions that face all writers of past events and time periods.

Though the meaning of history is personal, Mortimer discusses his views on determining what is and what isn't history, as well as the levels of creativity historians can reach when writing about the past. According to Mortimer, 'if a novelist can create an emotional impact when writing about the past, why can't historians, especially when they are presenting their work as the truth?'

First published in 2008 as a scholarly article in the journal History, Mortimer has combined his subsequent writings and speeches on the topic into one volume aimed at guiding writers, and readers, through the intellectual scope of history.

In his own career, Mortimer pushes the boundaries of both literary form and historical methodology. In addition, he is a strong advocate for the importance of history to our modern world, both at a national level and on the community level. A fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, in 2004 Mortimer was awarded the Alexander Prize by the Royal Historical Society for his work on the social history of medicine.

In addition to the digital publication of What Isn't History?, RosettaBooks also publishes Mortimer's bestselling accounts of the life and times of Henry V, Henry IV and Edward III.

About RosettaBooks: RosettaBooks is a leading independent trade publisher headquartered in New York City. The company launched in 2001 with a list of 100 preeminent digital backlist titles. Today the company's 800-plus title list includes classic eBooks of every category, as well as an original line of frontlist nonfiction books. RosettaBooks' prominent author collections include 100 works by M.C. Beaton, 52 works by Winston Churchill, 35 works by Arthur C. Clarke, 20 works by Kurt Vonnegut, 12 works by Stephen R. Covey, and 18 works by Robert Graves. In addition, RosettaBooks publishes eBook lines in collaboration with AARP, Harvard Health Publications, Mayo Clinic, and the Associated Press. Through a partnership with Ingram Publisher Services, RosettaBooks offers full nationwide print distribution. RosettaBooks' trade program publishes high-profile thought leaders such as Alan Dershowitz, Jamie Merisotis, and William D. Eggers, as well as personal memoir, humor, and business titles. RosettaBooks was named an Inc. 500 company in 2015, on the exclusive list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. For more information, please visit RosettaBooks.com.

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