What, in your opinion, is the most important factor in a historical fiction novel's success in a world totally unconcerned with anything historical? What makes a historical novel popular today? Looking at some historical or pseudo-historical fiction I've seen that most of it revolves around the battlefield, with a bit of sex here and there for good measure. That's fine by me, I can include both of those things, all relevant to the plot. But what else is there? I'm thinking of making it vaguely relevant to the state of the world today, but I'm afraid that will make it satirical at best and political at worst, and neither of those is my intention at all. I feel as if I'm missing something: how can a book set in the medieval world be popular today? Any thoughts or advice would be greatly appreciated.