This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Monday, September 14, 2009

Who Would you Want to Be???

Here is my first fun post for the Round Table week! I was thinking of this all weekend and couldn't wait to post it and see what comments appeared (I do love comments!).

So my question for all you historical fiction lovers (and anyone else of course):

You've just been given the lead roll in a movie about your favorite person from history! Who are you?

I kind of have a tie here actually! My top pick would have to be Eleanor of Aquitaine. She is such an interesting and mysterious lady. People are still have questions about her hundreds of years after her death! She was an intelligent, witty, strong, ambitious woman who was the mother of a dynasty that lasted for 300 hundred years. Not only did she go on a Crusade with her first husband, Louis of France, she became Queen of England, was caught in a rebellion with her sons against their father (her husband) Henry II, and endured 16 years of captivity at his hands (and lost two sons during that time). Who wouldn't want to play this clever and sexy lady?

My runner up here would be Anne Neville, the wife of Richard of Gloucester. I know she probably wouldn't be considered a MAIN player in history but I think she is a lady worthy of some attention. She was the daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker, was married off to Edward Prince of Wales by her father in order to secure an alliance with Marguerite d'Anjou, ended up in the clutches of the Duke of Clarance (and he possibly hid her in an inn as a kitchen maid hoping to keep her from marrying Richard so he could get his hands on her inheritance), and was finally married to Richard. Even then she had a hard time of it. She was ill a lot, her son was very frail and she eventually lost him, and she had to endure the rumors and scandals floating around about her husband.


  1. I would find it difficult to go past Eleanor of Aquitaine as well.

    Anne Neville is an interesting choice. I would like to be her so I could ask Richard III if he did or didn't!

  2. Thanks for playing along, I added this to today's post.

  3. I've also linked you on my post of today:)

    As for Eleanor...knowing Hollywood, this would for sure be an X-Rated movie; forgetting most of her other great strengths and probably focusing only on her outrageous sexual appetite..

  4. I agree completely, Ms. Lucy! Sad that we know they'd probably forget about what a strong and amazing woman she was and just throw in sex scenes all over the place.

  5. So true! Just like with The Tudors...I reviewed the Tudors on my site and one of the things I jokingly said in the review was that there seems to be more sex going on in Whitehall Palace than there are meetings of the Privy Counsel! They always do that and it is so annoying how Hollywood always follows the "sex sells" mantra even when the story itself is interesting without all of that...