Currently I’m writing a steampunk novel and most stories take place during the Victorian era. One of the things I like about steampunk is the history blended with the fantastical. Although steampunk stories have alternate time lines, its still nice to know where the history deviated.
I generally prefer stories with some history woven in. I tend to read historical romances (including steampunk) and then wonder about the facts of the story. Its not uncommon for historicals to have a political backdrop. Inevitably when I’m reading, I want to research what the author wrote. Between my own research and reading research, I’m always curious about the history behind the story.
I admit to a certain fascination with kings and queens, royal lineage, etc. One of my recent purchases was a wall map of the royals of Europe.
I figure it will help in my research and serve as a decent reference.