This book-length project examines contemporary novelists' combination of historical authority and narrative art to create authentic and accessible depictions of the past. This technique, the "romance of history," challenges conventional theories that the novel as a genre erased the romance. Individual chapters establish the critical framework, analyze the strategies authors use to romance history, and demonstrate the subgenres that exist in current historical fiction. Research for the project is complete. The semester sabbatical leave will be used to finish chapters that have been begun and to draft the rest in order to produce a complete draft of the entire manuscript.