Do other people get as annoyed about factual goofs in historical novels as I do? Frankly, they drive me nuts. Recently I've been listening to some of the Alexander Kent Bolitho books while running. They are not bad as adventure yarns but the man has done no research at all. It would be tedious to list all the errors but they include huge ones like claiming that RN captains (we are talking 1770's - 1810's) could have someone hanged without court martial for instance or that the commander of an unrated sloop could be promoted Captain without moving into a ship that carried post rank. My annoyance isn't being soothed by equally annoying errors in the much vaunted Quicksilver of Mr. Neal Stephenson. This time it's even easier stuff to check. The puritan divine executed as a regicide was Hugh Peter, not Hugh Peters. Grrr! By contrast, Mr. MacDonald Fraser's delightfully silly Flashman stories are impeccably researched. So it can be done.