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

(59 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?

LineRunner Mon 17-Sep-12 22:54:12

I'd like to know if anything that Mike Parker-Pearson believes about the building of Stonehenge is correct!

If he used the word ritual you might be disappointed...

PurdyShaky Mon 17-Sep-12 22:59:35

Titanic, I would have told Rose to budge up, selfish cah!

Whaddya mean its not real? I saw it with my own eyes

PurdyShaky Mon 17-Sep-12 23:00:11

In the cinema, so it's real, right?

elfycat Mon 17-Sep-12 23:01:31

Now thanks!

DD1 would have died pre-modern medicine. Who knows where any of us would be if not for immunisation, surgery, antibiotics etc.

I have pretty good rights; can work, marry, divorce, vote, attend school etc which has not always been the case.

Yeah there was cool stuff going on before, but in the background was smallpox...

Yes of course it is. And gladiator was the most accurate historical epic ever.

MrsjREwing Mon 17-Sep-12 23:07:15

I would want to live at a time when people cleaned themselves and surrounding regularly.

omfgkillmenow Mon 17-Sep-12 23:09:10

i would have liked to see Freddie mercury in concert, but I need modern medicine so wouldn't go too far back

omfgkillmenow Mon 17-Sep-12 23:11:37

purdy if rose had got in the bloody boat like he told her he could have had the piece of wood to float on and survived...

I would love to go back about 2-4 million years and see if/how the different species of hominid interacted with each other. I know that's prehistory rather than history but it's fascinating.

History-wise... Perhaps Roman Britain.

pickofthepops Mon 17-Sep-12 23:12:43

At the time of dick Turpin and highwaymen. Not sure why.

LineRunner Mon 17-Sep-12 23:13:51

Loads of biblical stuff. All of it.

MrsJR the Romans enjoyed bathing and even had a sponge on a stick for anal cleanliness...

I'd quite fancy being a Victorian gent, but that's just for the clothes. No man looked badly dressed back then.

<hides Sheldonesque t-shirts>

MrsjREwing Mon 17-Sep-12 23:19:40

Yes and it was the one sponge for everyone.

Viviennemary Mon 17-Sep-12 23:19:56

I would have liked to live in Tudor times. Only if I was nobility of course and didn't have to marry anybody horrible. But just dance and enjoy myself.

Sharing is caring grin

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 17-Sep-12 23:23:58

WW2 . I know it was hard. Very hard, but the way people pulled together, supported each other, looked out for each other is truly inspiring. The bravery shown by normal people, every day is incredible.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Mon 17-Sep-12 23:24:50

...And I'd LOVE to see Freddie Mercury in concert too! grin

I wan to go forwards in time, maybe 1000 yrs, see if we're all still so fucking intolerant of each other. Maybe there'll be a cure for unintelligence.

MrsjREwing Mon 17-Sep-12 23:27:20

I like 1950's, the hats, gloves, skirts. You had electrical appliances. People didn't lock their doors.

The reality was probably not great.

VintageEbonyGold Mon 17-Sep-12 23:30:17

Early human society, hunter gatherer. But I'd really like to analyse the progression of human nature from the hunter gatherers to civilisation to see if a theory I have has any foundation.

LineRunner Mon 17-Sep-12 23:41:12

Spill, Vintage. You know you want to.

Moln Mon 17-Sep-12 23:51:33

I'd go with a Victorian gent too. Very rich one. I wouldn't mind being a Victoria lady (also very rich) but it strikes me as a tad boring and all that bother about marrying right would be stressful.

Tudor time is another time that really interests me, though seeming it was probably a bit smellier and it strikes me there was a better chace of dying I'm opting for Victorian times

vvviola Tue 18-Sep-12 07:45:05

WW1 and just after. Fascinating time in history - especially social history. And pretty great clothes too grin

germyrabbit Tue 18-Sep-12 07:46:29

i'd kind of like to be a dinosaur

Germy that's my favourite answer so far grin

lljkk Tue 18-Sep-12 07:59:42

Now. Too much injustice, disease & filth for my liking in the rest of history.

lljkk Tue 18-Sep-12 08:02:31

But if I had to go back I'd love to see what dinosaurs really looked like, how they behaved & moved. Early hominids good stuff, too, but would need to jump around a lot in time to properly observe development.

Historical.... argh. Maybe about 1400 CE in parts of the Americas. See culturally what the societies were like, the massive cities of the Amazon basin & in the Great Lakes area, too. Back to CE 1100(?) to see the Maya empire at its peak. Why in the world the Inca only saw the wheel as a child's toy.

NanBullen Tue 18-Sep-12 12:25:31

Why in the world the Inca only saw the wheel as a child's toy.

Is that true?! The eejits shock


I'd like to go back to the 1920s for the fashion and be a bright young thing. I'd only like to go back if I was rich though, no drudgery for me thanks wink

And also tudor times, I'd love to meet Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots. Actually, I'd love to meet any strong women from history - Boudicca? Although she'd be nails and a bit scary wouldn't she?

Shakey1500 Tue 18-Sep-12 12:33:04

Recent, but I would have loved to have experienced the swinging 60's/early 70's. The dawning of all that incredible music, Woodstock, fabulous clothes, a feeling that the world was reall changing and the opportunity to be a cog in the wheel. The optimism (well, they all look like they're having the time of their lives...), the carefree attitude.

To go one further, I would of course be a music journalist or some such, regularly hanging around the best music clubs alongside the up and coming musicians who are legendary now, living in an apartment just off Covent Garden maybe with a variety of suitors to go out with, as and when I felt like it grin

MrsjREwing Tue 18-Sep-12 12:33:07

It would be smells, boak, that put me off the worst.

Poo, wee, sweat, dried blood, rotten food, etc.

nickelcognito Tue 18-Sep-12 12:38:10

can we do it just as a time-travel visitor?

although I love lots of periods in history, I don't think I would want to permanently live in any of them.
(hindsight is a wonderful tool)

I would love to watch the pyramids being built

NanBullen Tue 18-Sep-12 12:38:31

Yeah, smells would put me off too. Even in the 50s and sixties, hygiene wasn't the best was it, and there was no aerosol deodorant was there?

nickelcognito Tue 18-Sep-12 12:40:40

yes, bits of the Roman world would be great.

I'd like to wear Elizabethan costume.

i'd love to live back in Nottingham in Robin Hood's time for a little while - maybe a week or so. just so I can see what it was like to live in a time of the Crusades.

NanBullen Tue 18-Sep-12 12:42:13

I'm reading Alex Scarrow's Time Rider books at the mo (as recommended on MN grin ) and they are fab. It's so interesting when the characters go back to say medieval times and have to try and fit in or even the Triassic (sp?) period and try not to influence history too much. Fascinating.

Also, connie Willis' books about time travel back to WW2 and the victorian era. They really make you think how you would react in theses situations.

ticklemyboobsofsteel Tue 18-Sep-12 13:01:26

Fairly predictable, given my other posts on history, but it would be the Tudor times for me. Kind of torn as to whether I'd prefer to be someone 'important' at court (but far away enough from matters to avoid losing my head over something) or a servant/maid to someone really important (to see all the comings and goings, but not be dragged down with them..!)

Leaning towards the former. Who wouldn't want to wear those gowns?! I'd love to meet all of Henry's six wives. Mostly AB though.

SaskiaRembrandtWasFramed Tue 18-Sep-12 13:13:09

Assuming I could take things like antibiotics, painkillers, deodorant and really good conditioner with me, I'd go back to the 1940s and become a land girl. I'd be great, I'd know how it all ended so could keep morale up.

MrsjREwing Tue 18-Sep-12 13:19:49

AB why on earth her? She was a fake who appeared religious, who was mistress who harmed so many.

elfycat Tue 18-Sep-12 13:22:30

Smallpox... wink

tethersend Tue 18-Sep-12 13:25:27

The late 60s/early 70s.

The clothes.

The music.

The hair.

And then perhaps a trip to wartime London.

nickelcognito Tue 18-Sep-12 13:28:18

i loved the way they did that show on The Family through time recently - tiny bites of history, but them actually being there.
less severe than the 1900/1940s House that C4 did, but more interesting in that it encompassed more time periods.

MrsjREwing Tue 18-Sep-12 13:38:55

There is a thread somewhere, the Golding family were posting on, Cognito.

NanBullen Tue 18-Sep-12 13:52:08

No MrsjREwing Anne Boleyn was a pawn in her families social climbing games. She wasn't snow white but she didn't deserve to be killed on charges that were obviously false. She didn't harm anyone; her tyrant, psychopath of a husband on the other hand....

TunipTheVegemal Tue 18-Sep-12 13:58:13

No way do I want to live in any time in history other than our own thanks. It will be full of lunatics who go around believing in witchcraft and the divine right of kings, and people dying of minor injuries that get infected.

monsterchild Tue 18-Sep-12 14:03:18

Ooh, there's so many. Probably with Ghengis Khan and his Mongol empire. Religious tolerance, women had some say in things, meritocracy, and learning!

Or pre-Columbian Americans.

lljkk and Nan have you seen the jungles there and the roads the Inca/Mayans made? there's no where for a wheel to go. Also, llama aren't all that strong to pull a cart. It just wasn't practical to have wheeled vehicles without oxen, horses or elephants to build/clear a path for wheeled vehicles to travel on. It was a lot easier to carry the stuff. And it obviously didn't slow them down any...

MrsjREwing Tue 18-Sep-12 14:03:24

AB did harm people. I agree her family used her, she had great teachers.

MrsjREwing Tue 18-Sep-12 14:05:04

Oh, I also agree she was put to death unjustly.

LettyAshton Tue 18-Sep-12 14:11:58

If I had been rich - Edwardian. No contest. I'd live in a JS Goodall picture book.

Poor - I'd live in a mediaeval village. All family around, rhythm of the days and seasons - and I'd choose from a number of decades when the menfolk weren't forced to straggle up and down the country fighting.

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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