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Do you have any historical figures who fascinate you?

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WilburIsSomePig Thu 09-Apr-15 21:18:05

Just watched a programme about Mary Queen of Scots. Well she had a real shady taste in men and made some rubbish decisions but my god the woman really did have a shite time of it. I have always been a bit obsessed with her so are there any historical figures that really capture your thoughts?

TheArchchancellorsHat Thu 09-Apr-15 21:28:50

Lucius Aelius Sejanus
The pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read
Alexander the Great
Marcus Aurelius
Another pirate, Jean LaFitte

And (horribly) people like Elizabeth Bathory, Gilles de Rais and Vlad the Impaler.

Redhead11 Thu 09-Apr-15 21:32:46


I'm a serious Richard III fan and have been for years. My books about him appear to have started breeding...

All the Plantagenets

The Welsh Princes who fought the Plantagenets

Mary Queen of Scots

CatthiefKeith Thu 09-Apr-15 21:36:56


Dick Turpin

King Arthur (even though he probably wasn't real)

CaveMum Thu 09-Apr-15 21:45:06

Lady Jane Grey

Ever since learning about her at school and watching the film about her with a young Helena Bonham-Carter I've just been fascinated by her.

TheTravellingLemon Thu 09-Apr-15 21:49:33

I find Eleanor of Aquitaine just fascinating. I very read a few books about her. Such an amazing, roller coaster life.

Muskey Thu 09-Apr-15 21:54:35

Henry viii you couldn't imagine a character like him, I also was very interested in lady Jane grey after I read a book about her from the library when my dad let me use his ticket (in the good old days when children couldn't use the adult library). The plantaginants, Oliver Cromwell, Michael Collins, Martin Luther king, ghandi and Charles 1 and bonny prince charlie

WilburIsSomePig Thu 09-Apr-15 21:59:16

Yes Henry VIII is always fascinating and Amelia Earhart is another one I love reading about. There are loads of people!

ApplaudMyFandango Thu 09-Apr-15 22:01:11

Josephine de Beauharnais
Gustavus Adolphus
Peter the Great
Hereward the Wake

spanky2 Thu 09-Apr-15 22:05:36

Winston Churchill . An amazing leader and writer and speech giver. But also supported eugenics? ! Was he a Victorian to have these views or what? To win a world war with depression... Amazing artist too.

duvetfan Thu 09-Apr-15 22:08:53

Peter the Great
Gustavus Afolphus
Otto Von Bismarck
Elsie Inglis
Elizabeth and Mary tudor
Millicent Fawcett
There are many more but my brain is mush.

DuchessofMalfi Thu 09-Apr-15 22:15:49

Margaret Beaufort. Fascinated by her unswerving conviction that her son should be king. The beginning of the line of the Tudors.

JackRackham Thu 09-Apr-15 22:40:41

I also love reading about Anne Bonny and Mary Read my username, also known as Calico Jack was the Captain of the ship they sailed on. I have always thought Mary Read's life would make a great film.
I had never heard of them until I worked in a racing stables and two of the horses were called Jack Rackham and Mary Read and I googled the names.

Maliceaforethought Thu 09-Apr-15 22:46:13

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Shenanagins Thu 09-Apr-15 22:49:42

Mary queen of Scots and Anne Boleyn.

MrsKoala Thu 09-Apr-15 22:58:23

Anne Boleyn.

TwoNoisyBoys Thu 09-Apr-15 22:58:29

Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I and Jackie Kennedy......well, all the Kennedys, actually.

catlovingdoctor Thu 09-Apr-15 23:06:16

Napoleon Bonaparte. Not just a political/military genius but also such a clever, complex man with a lot to his personality.

PrincessUnicorn Thu 09-Apr-15 23:12:04

Alan Turing.
I can't describe the amount I admire him and his mind.

I'm more fascinated by historical events rather than people smile

MollyAir Thu 09-Apr-15 23:14:54

Lady Jane Grey had interesting political & religious beliefs, didn't she?

Imnotbeingyourbestfriendanymor Thu 09-Apr-15 23:16:22

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TormundsMember Thu 09-Apr-15 23:16:44

I saw the thread title and immediately thought Mary queen of scots. I was really fascinated as a teenager, had a few books about her.

lemonyone Thu 09-Apr-15 23:19:12

YY Cavemum - Lady Jane Grey. I mean, come on, that poor poor girl.

(and yes, it doesn't harm that I used to be all swoony about Carey Elwes in the film about her)

Also quite intrigued by Oscar Wilde.
Spanky - I'm finally reading the Boris Johnson book on Churchill the PILs gave me for Xmas and finding it easy and informative. He certainly was perplexing!

RedCheckedTablecloth Thu 09-Apr-15 23:22:21

The Romanovs
Edith Nesbit
Edward II

Anything to do with laundry in Tudor/Elizabethan times. I cannot understand why I am so fascinated with the laundry rooms in Tudor houses/castles. It feels like home.

MumSnotBU Thu 09-Apr-15 23:24:53

The Buddha



Da Vinci


Van Gogh







Thelonious Monk

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