I am working on a fantasy novel and have built my world leading up to the 'main story'. Much of the context of the story has to do with religions created by past civilizations and references to "the Kings of Old".
I have started from the beginning and am currently developing the history of the world. My original plan was only include the 'main story' as my piece and reference the history throughout to give a type of mythical feel. Now I am not so sure.
I am debating on keeping the history but I'm afraid jumping through generations will seem unorganized and may not flow as the reader would like. Is there much benefit in telling the history explicitly or is keeping it 'mythical' in the best interest of the reader?