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

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SillyBeardyDaddyman Mon 17-Sep-12 22:44:55

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?

SaagMasala Sat 31-Dec-16 12:11:27

not sure really. It was probably better to have been born in the 1940's rather than much later. They have had it all, in terms of women's suffrage, welfare state, NHS, medical advances, social mobility & opportunities. Shame its all gone to pot recently. For those born in the 1970's and later, things haven't been as good, and are getting worse. Perhaps in another couple of hundred years, the mid 20th century will be regarded as the best ever for improving people's general quality of life.

If I had to go back in time, I wouldn't really mind any time after about 1300, as long as I was aristocracy. Being lower class was probably too much hard work!

Would love to be around in the mid 16th C to find out what happened to my ancestor's lands & money after he was attainted for treason for his part in the 1569 Northern Rebellion (and to ask them to make sure they documented the family tree appropriately!)

morningtoncrescent62 Thu 22-Dec-16 12:15:20

I'd love to go to late Tudor/early Stuart London and see one of Shakespeare's plays performed for the first time. Then I'll fast forward, please, and see London pre-Blitz.

After that, I'll go back a few decades to the shtetls of the Russian empire around the middle of the 19th century, before the pogroms got going in earnest. I'd absolutely love to experience something of the culture and way of life that (for a lot of reasons, including some terrible ones) had so much influence on the development of 20th-century Western culture, but has now largely vanished.

Finally I'll drop in on the Tolpuddle Martyrs to thank them for what they did for us all, and finish up with a night-time raid along-a Lord Ludd.

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.

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).

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

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!

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

the 1970s- I love flares and men with hair

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

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'

LittleWhiteWolf Tue 25-Sep-12 16:56:53

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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...

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.

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....

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

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

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.

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