Historenfreude: My All-New, All-Made-Up, Favourite Word


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[Mass Noun]

The pained pleasure derived from someone with a good knowledge of history exposed to an inaccurate portrayal of the past in the media, film, tv or literature.


‘She felt an immense sense of Historenfreude as she read Philippa Gregory’s ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ ‘

‘With a quiver of delightful Historenfreude she jotted down all the inaccuracies in ‘New Worlds’; she had studied seventeenth-century English America for a year at University.’

Lesley Knope

Why can’t they just see that an accurate portrayal is drama enough?


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