Originally Posted by I, Brian
I'm not too worried about the vocabulary references though, as I'm writing in strictly modern English, and looking to move towards a more vernacular POV as Abercrombie does.
I wouldn't for a moment suggest you should write in Ye Olde Englisshe, and it would be all but impossible to write a readable work just using 13th or whatever century words, but are you really writing in strictly modern English? Will you have people greeting each other with "Hiya? How y'doing?"? Will someone having an argument with his wife demand that she give him space? Will you use words like psychotropic or hallucinogenic when someone eats the wrong mushroom?
Sorry. Hobby horse of mine.
To me, making the effort to exclude obviously modern words where there is an older equivalent which is suitable is as important as -- more important than -- ensuring a holm oak** doesn't creep into a medieval English wood.
** not introduced into the UK until the 17th century in our reality apparently.