I'm reading a historical fantasy now, after having written my own, set in a similar milieu. Now there are big questions spinning around my brain. I know there aren't any definitive answers, but I think they're worth asking.
Where do you draw the line between historical fantasy, and fantasy inspired by a historical culture?
If you are writing a historically inspired fantasy, how much history must be preserved, and where can imagination begin without venturing into cultural appropriation or disrespect?
At what point can you actually separate historical cues from the culture they came from? At what point does culture become unrecognizable and becomes something new? Is that possible?
Is it possible to create a world from nothing but your imagination, without (consciously or not) pulling from real world cultures, mythologies, histories, or references?
Would a reader be able to envision or relate to something that didn't?