biblatex-historian has last been updated in 2010 and does not seem to be actively maintained any more.
biblatex has progressed quite a bit in the last five years and so getting
biblatex-historian to work without rough edges becomes increasingly complicated.
biblatex version 3.3, the name formatting has been revised quite substantially (see https://github.com/plk/biblatex/issues/372, Biblatex 3.3 name formatting), so many styles released before March 2016 will have problems with newer
biblatex versions. Depending on the commands used this can cause
biblatex to silently ignore certain modifications, issue harmless warnings or fatal errors.
biblatex-philosophy style family is very actively maintained (version 1.9 is dated
2016-11-26) and its
philosophy-verbose style allows for footnote citations. This style family implements many additional options for a finer and more comfortable control over lots of features.
As an alternative you can use
biblatex-chicago (version 1.0rc1 is from 2016-06-07). Turabian style, which is what
biblatex-historian implements, and the Chicago Manual of Style are closely related and differ only in details. There are going to be subtle differences though, and since
biblatex-chicago is purpose-built to follow the CMS it might not to be too easy to get the exact output of
biblatex-historian. See an example of the
chicago-note style here.
Another style for the humanities is
biblatex-dw. It has been updated to version 1.7 recently (2016-12-06) and now works with the current versions of
biblatex. You can see an example of the
footnote-dw style here.
Finally there are
biblatex's standard styles, footnote styles are called
verbose-.... The style
verbose-inote as well as the
verbose-trad3 styles could fit the bill. Using the standard styles offers the advantage of easy customisability, they are also guaranteed to keep up with