"If upon service you have any ladies in your camp, be valiant in your conversation before them. There is nothing that pleases the ladies more than to hear of storming breaches, attacking the covert-way sword in hand, and such like martial exploits. This however I only recommend at night over the bottle: it cannot be expected that you should be so valiant and blood-thirsty, upon mature deliberation, the next morning; that, indeed, would be murder in cold blood."
(Francis Grose, Advice to the Officers of the British Army, 1783)
This thing might just be the lulziest period book I’ve ever had to read for the sake of research.
7.1 Which historical figure you would like to spend a day with. (what would you do?)
8. Which historical event you wish you could have witnessed.
9. Which historical event you wish you could have taken part in.
10. Which era do you feel had the best fashion.
7.1 (I left #7 in the previous post as it stands because it’s too cute and too true to be deleted) Oh Lord, too many to choose… And I would only annoy them back to the grave with obnoxious questions 8I
8. How about Charlemagne’s coronation as Holy Roman Emperor, 25 december 800? I love winter parties! Also, a great deal of wars from ancient age to the 1900 that I’d be okay to witness but never, ever to be involved in.
9. Italy allying with nazi Germany in the late 1930s. Just so I could smack some sense into Mussolini before the damage is done.
10. As if it weren’t obvious from the shitload of people with tricorner hats I draw, the 18th century. So funny and colourful to look at, and nothing beats a man wearing a ridiculous powdered wig and a ridiculously laced coat and yet leading infantry charges under heavy enemy fire with the same aplomb as if they were a stroll in the park!
5. Which historical dictator/emperor/ruler you are.
6. Which historical event fascinates you most.
7. Which historical figure you would…
1. Claus von Stauffenberg. Good-looking German officer attempting to blow Hitler up. What’s not to love?
2. Julius Caesar. Conquering half of Europe AND being a darn good writer? That’s my list of things to do before I die, man!
3. Victor Emmanuel III of Italy. Shortround inconclusive jerk. Bring back Prince Eugene of Savoy, dammit!
4. Early 20th century before the Great War, possibly in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (But rather than living then and there, I’d prefer to take a stroll and then move back to the safety of the 21st century.)
5. I wish I could say some extremely competent and badass soldier-king, but I’m afraid I’d be Pope Celestine V, flip the bird at the first chance and get my arse out of this sick sad world :c
6. Fffff just one? As of late, the Seven Years War gets the spotlight. Then we have the July Plot, the Roman conquest of Gaul and Great Britain, the Hohenstaufen rule of the Holy Roman Empire, the northern Africa campaign in WW2, the entire history of oceanic explorations in the Age of Sails…
7. I would…? Oh you mean in *that* sense? (I might be horribly misreading, but there ya go.) Jochen Marseille would be fine, I guess. Pretty looks, open to adventure so to speak, born in an era when venereal diseases are more or less treatable.
And I want to fire ‘em on 16-years-old nazi kiddies who go all “OMG the Allies were horrible cuz they killed German soldiers OMG”, and self-proclaimed “obsessed with Prussia” fans who squee at the mention of Old Fritz and know utter shit about proper history. For fuck’s sake, kids, it’s Hans Hermann von Katte; not “Kitte”. Prussian Gens d’Armes officers don’t meow and don’t purr, FYI. Don’t know what Gens d’Armes are? Yeah, my point exactly.
Jesus smotherin’ Christ, this is the era of easy Wikipedia search and instant googling. Is it so damn hard to look stuff up? UGH.