In this interview, historian Simon Schama describes his writing process and how he was drawn to George Parkman's murder.
How did you begin your research into the Parkman murder?
Why did you find Parkman's story so compelling?
How did you approach the research?
What are the challenges of converting archival materials into a historical narrative?
In your book, Dead Certainties, you say history must be "a work of the imagination." If your writing includes fictional passages, can it still be called history?
Why is it important to consider how historians produce their work?
Interview camera: Peter Krieger.