Judith Flanders has never played video games – not even Angry Birds – so no one was more surprised than the historian herself when she was approached by the developers of the Assassin’s Creed franchise to serve as a consultant on the latest instalment, set on the streets of 19th-century London amid the Industrial Revolution.
“It’s like you’re an expert on a faraway place,” said Flanders. “You’ve learnt the language. You’ve met people from there. You’ve read every single book that was ever written. Now, you’re invited to go there. That was the exciting thing about this project for me. It was like going to that foreign place that I’ve been reading about for 20 years.”