Maybe retrospect has given some insight into what historical figured you wished you could have spent quarantine / shut down with... or perhaps you can work on your list for Quarantine Part Deux (kidding!).
Who would you most like to share your time stuck at home for 2 weeks with?
Hildegard von Bingen: She composed music, wrote books on medicine and botany. Lev Tolstoy: He could speak at least 4 languages, read at least 13. He'd be useful as translator for everyone, as long as he cuts down on the moralising. Agnes Varda: A recent addition to history Her intellectually playful outlook on life shone through her photography, films and documentaries, also seemed relatively humble. Ivan Shishkin: Landscape painter extraordinaire Voltaire: Witty freedom lover Zinaida Yusupova: Supremely wealthy heiress who married for love. Caring and extremely charitable despite losing almost everything in the Russian Revolution. Also very attractive. Groucho Marx: For anarchy
Post by The Duchess on Jun 28, 2020 18:45:44 GMT -5
This looks like fun. The current government regulations in Quebec stipulate that you may only have 10 people in a house at a time (from the outside) so I'll limit myself to just 10 of my favourite historical figures. They're here listed in no particular order, other than chronological... I think it'd be a fun party to sit down with, and there's no language barrier (everyone spoke French and/or English). However, I feel like it would dissolve into pandemonium and lechery quickly, so you would find me under the table, crying, trying to avoid whatever was happening, because I'm almost positive that what would be happening would only facilitate in the spreading of the 'rona. I'm not sure that having 8/10 of my house being made up of libertines was a good idea, but oh well. It'll be fun while it lasts.
Lucrezia Borgia (1480-1519)
Catherine Howard (1523-1532)
Kristina, Queen of Sweden (1626-1689)
Charles II, King of England &c. (1630-1685)
James II, King of England &c. (1633-1701)
Aphra Behn (1640-1689)
Philippe I, Duc d'Orléans (1640-1701)
John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (1647-1680)
Elisabeth-Charlotte "Liselotte", Princess Palatine and Duchesse d'Orléans (1652-1722)
Nell Gwynne (1650-1687)
Last Edit: Jun 28, 2020 18:47:51 GMT -5 by The Duchess: I'll link their Portrait Gallery posts to their names as time goes by.
And above all the rest/Here's the Duke for a jest/And the King for a grand politician! - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
Post by Windischer on Jun 28, 2020 19:38:39 GMT -5
I always have a hard time choosing historical figures for such lists, but hey, let's give it a go.
Empress Carlota of Mexico, because she's cute.
Matija Čop, a Slovene linguist and polyglot (he knew 19 languages). He was a friend of France Prešeren and knew every Slovene who was worth knowing in the early decades of the 19th century, we'd have lots to talk about and he'd enjoy a good glass of wine too.
Madame de Pompadour. I find she is a fascinating figure who'd have lots of great anecdotes to tell.
Vercingetorix. I would love to meet a real Gaul and hear his side of the story, to see how truthful Caesar was in his book. It would also be great to hear about the lifestyle and religion of the Gauls from a first hand source.
Ivana Kobilca. She's our country's most famous female painter and kind of a badass because she got herself an education when it was almost exclusive to men, she smoked even though it was looked down on women who smoked ... She just didn't care and did her own thing. Would be nice to hear what life was life in her time, late 19th century, belle epoque and the Kingdom of SHS.
Last Edit: Jul 7, 2020 7:03:03 GMT -5 by Windischer
I considered diametrically opposed historical figures, for the arguments and Pay Per View potential:
Ayn Rand vs Karl Marx: Imagine the bickering over fridge space, time in the shower, kitchen utensils, playing monopoly e.t.c.
Olga of Kiev vs Fath Ali Shah Qajar: Persian Shah couldn't keep it in his trousers longer than 5 seconds, seeing him attempt to seduce the Destroyer of the Drevlians would be funny as hell; she'd snap him in half like a toothpick, mummify him with his own beard.
Genghis Khan vs Ivan the Great: Ivan the Great refused to pay tribute to the Mongols, Genghis will make him pay.
Bette Davis vs Joan Crawford: Whatever happened to Baby Jane x 1,000,000
Groucho Marx vs Adolf Hitler: Groucho would leave little Adolf crying in his schnitzel from the daily roastings.