History has a crap reputation. The nature of the beast. History is written by the last man standing. He has a vested interest in making his own crap smell sweet.
That accounts for the tone. History texts often read dry and self-righteous. And they sound all boring and know-it-all-y. But really? It’s all an act.
History gets to be more fun when you realize it’s a puzzle. If he lied because he wanted to look more kind and she lied in order to look more successful and that group over there lied because they knew everyone would hate them if the truth came out, well then, what’s left? The answers we shake out when we look in the right places and our arms properly akimbo. The soft places between the lies where truth comes to fall.