Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.
This week's topic is "Bookish Worlds You'd Want to Live In/Never Want to Live In". Well this is super easy and it is safe to say I would never want to live in any of the eras I love to read about. Sure, castles are neat and I'd love to have met Eleanor of Aquitaine, but I also would rather not be murdered by Vikings or subjected to Roman rule.
Pros: Witnessing how Stonehenge was built, what its purpose was
Cons: Literally everything else about life in ancient times
Verdict: Pass...but I had to think about it a minute
Pros: Boudicca, Bath, St. Patrick
Cons: Romans barging in and taking what is not theirs
Verdict: Hard pass. Sorry Boudicca.
Pros: Alfred the Great and his support of education, unification of England under Athelstan, guys with cool nicknames like Edmund Ironside, Battle of Stamford Bridge, the last great Viking warrior Harald Hardrada
Cons: Blood Eagle (if you don't know, consider yourself lucky), Danelaw and the Vikings harassing everyone and carrying off captives, Edward the Confessor having no children, Norman Invasion, Battle of Hastings, dying before age 35
Verdict: Alfred is my fave king and I would love to have the chance to tell King Harold to WAIT FOR REINFORCEMENTS AND DON'T MARCH STRAIGHT TO HASTINGS FROM STAMFORD, but again, have to pass.
Pros: Eleanor of Aquitaine, William the Marshal, Chaucer, Magna Carta, knights and jousting, castles
Cons: Henry II, John, mercenaries raping and murdering everyone and decimating villages when they did not get paid, the Black Death, dying before age 45, Hundred Years' War that actually lasted 116 years
Verdict: I can't help it. I have to meet her. YES!
Pros: witnessing the rebirth of arts and literature, chatting it up with Martin Luther, seeing the castles/palaces that no longer exist (Woodstock, Nonsuch, etc)
Cons: Henry VIII murdering everyone
Is there a pro or a con I am missing for any era that you think is important? Leave a comment and let me know!
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