Historical links can be great for inspiring story ideas. These can range from timeslip novels to ghost stories involving historical characters (do check out the works of Jennifer C Wilson for some great examples here).
I use historical links in flash fiction as a quick way to show when a story is set. For example, if I mentioned someone's ruff was distinguished, you'd know from that one detail alone the tale was set in the Tudor court (Elizabeth's).
You can also be inspired by the stories of historical characters. Anne Boleyn inspired my Dignity and Injustice which is on Cafelit (and will be in their Best of Cafelit 8 due out later this year).
So think about how you can use history to shape your own fiction. And a character's sense of history (their own, their country's etc) will affect how they think and act and can add great drama to your story.