Given the choice, which do you prefer? Real history? Or historical fiction? (Assume, for the purposes of this discussion that they are equally well-written and engaging.)
If I'm going to take the time to read about something occurring in history, I want it to be as accurate as possible. I recently read a book entitled The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn, and I must admit I spent a good deal of the time wondering what parts of this story was real and what was embellished. Of course I know most of the "real" story, but still wondered about it. I like my history to be history, and my fiction to be fiction basically with no mingling of the two genres.