I have a germ of an idea for a story I'd like to write, and I would like to set it in a fictional city with a vaguely medieval feel. What I wanted to check was whether a reader would find a story unsatisfying/unrealistic if there is no explanation of exactly when or where it is set. The reason I'm thinking about this is that I'm not too keen on carrying out research into a particular era but at the same time I'd hate to write something full of factual errors, so I'd really rather just leave the details out and get on with the story. I think one answer would be to create another world to set the story in, like Discworld (which has a similar historic feel to my idea), but as my story isn't fantasy-like in any other way this doesn't seem quite right. Also, I suppose I could just get on and write it and see for myself if it seems weird without any geographical or historical context, but if its clear to everyone else that it would be weird then I might as well find out from the start! Anyway, sorry for the long-windedness of this, I'd be grateful for any advice!