Thank you, James! I'm passionate about history, else I wouldn't be here. But I also believe that our modern fantasy literature does a disservice to history. In particular, if a book takes place in a historical setting, then give the reader a more vivid (and accurate) idea of time. I also believe it makes the characters and settings more believable. There's no sense in having a young boy from post-Roman Britain act like a modern youth, else you might as well not even put it in that context.
Now that I can get completely behind. I typically write stories (urban horror) based in the present, so I don't have to stress so much. All of my fantasy stories aren't really historical so much as they are based in "alternate settings," of which I get many of my ideas from my former time doing table top role playing games.What you're doing would make the story more real for me, as I was reading it.