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I had a thought last night, trying to sleep. If you could meet, to spend the afternoon with historical people of the past who would you all choose? 
You can have them one by one, or all together. You can have lunch with them. Is this weird? (Son points out you may have a problem there-- you get Jesus and Thomas Paine talking with each other and the afternoon is shot before you get to ask anything yourself!) Obviously we are assuming no language barrier--  

So who would you choose?

I started listing them in my mind. So many.

I came up with: Kyd and Marlowe, (obviously)  Walt Whitman, Marie Curie, Mary Wolstoncraft, Oscar Wilde, Jesus, Thomas Paine, Dominique Jean Larray, (Napoleon's surgeon, he is one of the inventors of emergency medicine,)  Harriet Tubman...

And I would like to meet some of the captives under Napoleon who got sent to the Biche, like Archie. 

This is not a full list. I found myself going on late into the night, with and-- and--. And of course they are in no particular order. And some of these people might not like me at all! (Except for Jesus and Whitman, who both saw the good in just about everyone.)
...
I am reading about Francis Walsingham now. I think I would like to meet him, but I don't know. Some lives are more distant and alien from our own than others. 

Son says he would like to meet some people from ancient Sumer for just that reason.

So, what would you all choose?

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veronica_rich
Jan. 24th, 2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
The entire Continental Congress. Just what the hell WERE they thinking when coming up with each of the Bill of Rights amendments, anyway?
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)
I think they are an example of a group who would be inclined to argue with each other. I would especially like to meet, Hamilton, and Madison, and John Adams Maybe Burr too, (although not at the same time as Hamilton!)

I think they did the best they could. They knew that it was not a complete document They knew slavery would have to be dismantled in years to come. They probably thought it could be done sooner than 87 years.

As for the 2nd amendment-- they were talking about community defense and the right to a local militia. They were picturing single shot muzzle loaders, long guns. I myself would not mind some people having those. They are impossible to conceal, and they take some skill to use.
provencepuss
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:11 pm (UTC)
my historical dinner table: Aaron Burr, Talleyrand, Mazarin,...
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:32 pm (UTC)
You would all be talking a mile a minute!
provencepuss
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:15 pm (UTC)
hahah I've just seen your post (didn't see it when I clicked to comment) Hamilton was to goody two-shoes for me. Oh and maybe I'd like to invite 'Matty Van' for coffee to see if Aaron admitted paternity!

Oh yes...the 2nd amendment clearly states what it was about - I know history has gone out of fashion but when did reading go with it;
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state...." just what part of that doesn't the NRA understand?! Gun-toting kids and grannies are not a well-regulated militia and could quickly become a danger to the security of a free state.
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:31 pm (UTC)
Yes Burr for sure. I want to hear about the march to Quebec for one thing. And he must have been charming when he chose to be. He was a firm believer in womens rights. He surrounded himself with smart educated women.

Maybe he would admit Van Buren's paternity now. It hardly matters now, after all.

I am not sure that I would describe Hamilton as a goody goody. He would deny that certainly! I would like to ask him about being in the Washington 'family' during the war years. They were hard years, and he lived through them. I would like to know if he had a fling with John Laurens. (I would!)
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amaraal
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:36 pm (UTC)
Darwin, Queen Elisabeth I., Admiral Pellew :), a bunch of 'ordinary' sailors, just to know how it feels to reef, tackle and steer a real sailing ship! Queen Christine of Sweden. Just to find out if she really was a lesbian. Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. The one who built Neuschwanstein (who was gay or had gay notions). Beethoven - oh, yeah! Most certainly Beethoven. He was such a gentle and great man.
Stradivari and/or Paganini. Bismarck. Saint Exupery. Nofretete. Gandalf the Grey :) Actually I'm a bit tired and hardly able to think straight :)

Ps: the fics??? Archie? Horatio?
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
I will do your fics. I am sorry it took so long. I am sure they don't need anything much.

Beethoven for sure. Darwin too. We are going to have to have a whole day for the Indy. Maybe a picnic? I want to meet Susan Pellew.

I don't think I would like Elizabeth 1 very much. Was Ludwig ll the one who was maybe poisoned? Or am I thinking of something else?
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anteros_lmc
Jan. 24th, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
The entire 1797 crew of HMS Indefatigable? :} Particularly Joseph Emide, nodbear and I would desperately like to get to the bottom of his story. And there's a bloke called Southey we would very much like to speak to as well.

I would like to meet some of the captives under Napoleon who got sent to the Biche, like Archie.
James, Boys, O'Brien and Jackson in particular. I've just finished re-reading Jackson's memoir. Incredible stuff.

Btw I once remember reading an interview with Jamie Bamber and he was asked this question. His historical dinner part guests were Jesus, Garibaldi, Shakespeare and Henry V.
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
I agree on your choices. The entire Indy would have to have a hall rented, there are so many of them!

I was thinking of Boys myself. He seems like he could be funny if he wished. I would love to meet Basil Hall, and poor Francis Cozier too.

I do not know the first thing about Garibaldi. (Scoots off to Wiki him...)
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esmerelda_t
Jan. 24th, 2013 11:00 pm (UTC)
They say you should never discuss religion or politics over dinner (or lunch in this case) so I'd opt for entertainment and have lunch with Eleanor of Aquitaine, Benjamin Disreli and Emma Hamilton.
eglantine_br
Jan. 24th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Eleonor and Emma would get on like a house on fire-- and poor Dizzy would be left behind!
kittycallum
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
I like this question. Something I've wondered a few times myself. Those are some awesome choices by the way. I'd probably opt for Henry V, some of the people featured in the Icelandic sagas, J. R. R. Tolkien -- at the risk of ending up completely starstruck, and John Keats. There are so many brilliant options though! How many chairs are we allowed? :)
eglantine_br
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:30 am (UTC)
I figure as many as we like. We can have them one by one, or in groups, or all together.
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ashley_pitt
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
Harpo Marx, Judas Iscariot, FDR.
eglantine_br
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:32 am (UTC)
Sorry, replied above.
ba1126
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:05 am (UTC)
I would love to meet and talk with Lincoln and Harriet Tubman and William Loyd Garrison.
eglantine_br
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
Yes. that would be cool. I think Lincoln could be funny when he chose.
piplover
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:10 am (UTC)
Oh, goodness! So many!

J.R.R. Tolkien, Arthur Conan Doyle, Oscar Wilde, Lincoln, Jesus, John Adams, Franklin Roosevelt, Eleanore Roosevelt, Mary Magdalene, Susan B Anthony, Cleopatra, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamen, and Sun Tzu.

Imagine all that wisdom gathered together!
eglantine_br
Jan. 25th, 2013 05:20 am (UTC)
Wisdom and laughter I bet. Yours would be a lively group. I bet Adams would be very interested in hearing about the FDR presidency!
charliecochrane
Jan. 25th, 2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Alexander the great and/or Hephaistion would be interesting. And Turing. And Eddington. And Wilfred Owen.
eglantine_br
Jan. 25th, 2013 02:55 pm (UTC)
I thought that would be your list.
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