I'm considering doing a project based on the Sword of the Yueh Maiden, which I know is a story based on a real legend and some historical record mixed together. However, my question is how much did Jin Yong make up? Are the characters real figures from history? Or did he create all of them for the story?
Also, are there any other versions of the legend (besides the Jin Yong take) available out there in English I might read?
Thanks to anyone who can help.