Anachronisms and sloppy research drive me up a wall. Unless you are Harlan Ellison and Kurt Vonnegut, you will be allowed little latitude on the issue. I have become so intolerant of things like a Spencer carbine making an appearance in a movie set in the first year of the War of Northern Aggression or a Roman cavalryman using stirrups that I find it difficult to suspend disbelief. Novels tend to violate my sensibilities less frequently, but it still happens.
In my effort to minimize anachronisms and maximize accuracy, I spend quite a lot of time researching goofy little details in my writing. Even things I am certain about, I still fact check. In the spirit of sharing knowledge, below are a few links for research I conduced last night.
Those following me on Twitter may have seen a lament I posted as I sifted through page after page until finding what I needed.
Any guesses as to how this information will fit into L’homme Theroux?