If you could live in any time in history...

(65 Posts)

which one would it be and why?

What would you want to see and experience, and was there a particular event that you wished you were part of?

Empusa Wed 19-Sep-12 00:46:16

Now, but I'd like to be able to nip back to the 40s and 50s to steal clothes and go to dances, and to the 70s and 80s to go to some gigs.

1900-1930. I know its not very long ago, but how I 'd have loved to have been a Suffragette and then to kick up my heels during the roaring twenties.

MrsSalvoMontalbano Tue 25-Sep-12 17:04:24

And the time I would defintiely notlike to be living is the 14th century.
Just reading 'Hawkwood' by Frances Stonor Saunders - unputdownable - as good as the other masterpiece of that period, Barbara Tuchman's 'The DArk Mirror'

LiviaAugusta Tue 25-Sep-12 17:13:58

I'd only like to go as a visitor but I'd love to go back to Rome at the time of the five good emperors to see whether it was as brilliant as Gibbon said. Not Marcus Aurelius though, don't fancy catching the plague! I'd also like to sample life as a Regency lady too, trips to 'town' and Bath, or balls at my country house. Possibly read too much Jane Austen...

Don't think I'd last five minutes any time Victorian or earlier TBH, the smells, heads on spikes, casual violence and poo-filled streets of many historical periods would mark me out as an outsider in no time blush

margerykemp Tue 25-Sep-12 18:45:35

the 1970s- I love flares and men with hair

TunipTheVegemal Tue 25-Sep-12 20:16:00

Good thinking Margery. Go back to an era when there are antibiotics.

ProphetOfDoom Tue 25-Sep-12 20:27:58

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stubbornstains Tue 25-Sep-12 20:42:30

Celtic times (pre-Roman invasions, when it all went horribly wrong). Small farming communities, women playing a strong role in society-as far as we can gauge- and I'd like to know what the Druids reallygot up to.

MamaMary Tue 25-Sep-12 20:53:22

Mid-Victorian era. I would love to go back to 1850s. I have studied the period at length and I wonder if I would actually feel quite at home! I also think I'd be surprised at how familiar everything was.

Second choice: a century earlier. Georgian times. I think it would be quite different to Victorian.

hstar1995 Fri 10-Apr-15 12:18:55

1920's America grin Would quite like to be a flapper - experience the Charleston, dancing contests and cocktail dresses smile. Plus of course the feeling that we were changing something

YonicScrewdriver Thu 16-Apr-15 22:40:43

Forwards in time, probably, if permanent.

If a visitor: hang around the Tower to see what happened to the princes.

JoffreyBaratheon Sat 18-Apr-15 11:58:15

Regency times, but not some boring Jane Austen husband-hunter; I'd like to be a Luddite!

MonkeyPJs Fri 28-Aug-15 10:25:57

I think I'd just go back in time to when my Mum and Grandmother were raising kids the same age as mine and try and spend time with them - and see how parenting has changed

MartinRohdesBellybuttonFluff Fri 28-Aug-15 10:40:47

Victorian London fascinates me. All the real down and dirty stuff though. None of m'lady and smelling salts malarky. I want to be in the middle of Spitalfields with all the poor souls (as a visitor only).

Otherwise fling me back to the middle ages to the damp, cold and plague.

Besides the usual smells and unsanitary conditions the people's teeth would make me boak (lack of hygiene and dental care).

HarrietVane99 Fri 28-Aug-15 23:49:11

Some of us saw Freddie Mercury in concert without needing to time travel.

I wouldn't want to live permanently in any historical era because of all the infectious diseases and lack of antibiotics. I wouldn't mind visiting a few, as long as I'd had all the vaccinations and could leave if it looked like getting hairy. But I'd mostly go for the social history, rather than events at court. I'd like to see London at different periods in history.

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