The last poll question posted--"If I could go on a vacation into the past, without worry of disease, war, or unalterably changing the course of history, I would pick"--was originally a "long car trip" question posed between a friend and I. Between our answers and my imagination, your choices with results:
An ancient Roman villa, where I would lounge in my tunic beside a cool fountain and dine on olives and grapes. : 11%
A Renaissance court, where I would be entertained by musicians, dancing, hunting, and lively intrigue. 33%
An eighteenth-century cosmopolitan city in the height of the social season. Weekend retreats to country estate optional. 33%
New York or Chicago in the Jazz Age--hot music, gorgeous ballrooms, passwords to all the best speakeasies. 22%
Though our Roman villa came out in the lead early in the poll, it fell behind--perhaps the languid heat of Rome seems less appealing as summer begins its steady siege on much of the readership.
Our tie for the winner--Renaissance court and The Season in an eighteenth-century city--both have the sense of "having it all"--great food, fabulous entertainment, deluxe accomodations, outdoor activities if you choose. So I can see why those came in ahead!
And our twentieth century choice, a bustling city teeming with jazz and culture, gave a respectable second place.
Two of these were my answers to the original "we're bored in the midst of cornfields" question--the latter two. I would love to experience eighteenth century social life--and let's be honest, the clothes are fanatastic. Researching my first (unpublished) novel, I got a taste of Charleston at the height of the social season--concerts, balls, plays. These people enjoyed culture and good living! And clothes. Did I mention clothes?
And in researching my second (unfinished as of yet) novel, I dove into 30s and 40s Chicago--and fell in love. The architecture, music, and dance scene were just amazing. People went out--far more than they do today--and enjoyed what the city had to offer. The character of city at that time seems vibrant and abundant.
So the new poll--in honor of our themed week next week--if you found yourself a woman in the eighteenth century (just to narrow the timeframe a bit), what lady on the battlefield would you be?