In his essay, “The Accu-Thump of Googletarity,” author John Crowley gives his take on writing historical fiction. The particular example he uses is from the World War II era in America, but the principles can be applied to whatever historical period (medieval or any other) you are writing about. The importance of historical fiction can often be found in the small details. As Crowley puts it, “the small details of common life give actuality, aliveness, and thickness to a historical story in the same way they do to a present-day story.” When writing your novel, think about these small components and infuse them into your story to give the setting life and validity.
John Crowley is the award winning fiction author of such books as Little, Big and Four Freedoms. He has written over ten novels and numerous short stories. Crowley lives in Massachusetts.