To me it seems like one of the hardest if not most hardest genres to write. I've almost wanted to write this fictional story where the setting is medieval Sahel Africa. What's been stopping me is that I would need to do a truck load of research. The setting I am aware of(didn't just choose it because it seemed cool) and nothing new it. I researched a lot about its history, but still... You have to get the clothing, language they spoke, justice system they had, food they ate, weapons they had, culture,etc,etc,etc correct. On top of that African history in general is not that well displayed(excluding Ancient Egypt of course) and sources that I am looking for is hard to find. So I ask is there anyone here who has or has tried to write a historical fiction? If so how would you rate the difficulty? How much research would be needed? And for dialogue can you write it in modern English?