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Subject: September Mini Challenge - Answers Posted!
Date Posted: 9/3/2009 12:38 PM ET
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This month we'll be playing a game of "Who Am I?". I'll give you questions and you'll have to figure out which historical person I am talking about, then pm me with your answer. I'm going to post the questions one at a time, twice a week, so you'll have to check back often. There's no time limit to get your answers in though, other than having them sent by the last day of the month. I'll let you know what the prizes are soon.

The first one will be an easy one...

  • 1. I am known as the "Virgin Queen", although many have suspected that I had a little affair of the heart with my favorite courtier. The gossip grew worse after his wife died suddenly...after a mysterious fall down her own stairs.

 If you can name the queen, the courtier, and the wife, you'll earn three entries into the contest.

  • 2. I am an Empress. I did much for my country; my people loved me and even considered me a great Empress. I am also known as a woman of great passion, a woman with many lovers. One of my lovers stayed in my life long past the ending of our affair and was a trusted advisor to me for many years. Some say he found new lovers for me; young men whose company he knew I'd enjoy.

Name the Empress and the advisor/ex-lover to earn more entries into the contest.

  • 3. I was the wife of an American President; a brilliant, gentle man whose life was cut short by the bullet of a mad man. After the death of my sons and husband, my life was full of grief and pain. The only thing that seemed to alleviate my suffering was shopping, perhaps acquiring new things made my many losses seem further away... Unfortunately, my habits worried my son and he had me confined to a psychiatric hospital!

Name the President, the First Lady, and the son who threw her into the loony bin. ;-)

 

  • 4. Mad? Me, mad? Maybe so, but if you'd spent life as I did, you might also be a bit mad. Let me tell you a bit of my story and you can decide for yourself...

I was sent to marry a Duke; a man everyone called "The Handsome" and he was really a beautiful man. We fell in love right away and lived happily for some years. My husbands infedelitiies and my jealousy caused problems for our marriage, but I never stopped loving him. Even after his death, I couldn't bear to part with him and carried his coffin with me everywhere I went.

After the death of my husband, plague and famine came to my land. My father took advantage of this by taking power for himself and leaving me to rule in name only. He even had me confined in Tordesillas, but, at least, I was able to keep my husband's body with me. I spent 50 years of my life imprisoned in Tordesillas....

Send me the name of "The Mad" one, her husband, "The Beautiful" one, and the name of her father.

 

  • 5.  As a member of the powerful De Medici family, I was destined to marry well. At the young age of 14, I met and married my King and was hopeful for my future, but I soon found that my new husband had no interest in me. I loved him, but he was constantly involved with different women until he fell in love with a woman who was to stay his mistress until his death. No matter what I did, my husband remained fascinated and in love with this woman. She was nothing but a courtesan, but my husband gave her everything that should have been mine; the Crown Jewels of France, a home I wanted for myself, the Chateau de Chenonceau, and, most importantly, he gave her the love and trust that should have belonged to me, his wife! Oh, how I hated that woman! After the death of my husband, I got my revenge and had the whore banished from Chenonceau!

Send me the name of the wife, the name of her husband, and the name of the woman he loved, the mistress.

 

  • 6. When I married, I was the most eligible bride in Europe. I married at the age of 15, but after giving birth to just two daughters, my husband and I both agreed to divorce.  Then, I traveled to Poitiers and married again, to a man much younger than me. We had 8 children together, but that didn't stop us from becoming estranged from one another. After helping my son, Henry, in a revolt against his father, my husband had me imprisoned. There, I stayed, for 16 long years, until the death of my husband, when another of my children, Richard, became King and had me released. I lived a long life, longer and more adventurous than most and had the satisfaction of seeing two of my sons crowned as Kings of England.

 

Send me the names of the woman and the names of both of her husbands.

 

  • 7. I became a concubine at the palace at the young age of 13. I didn't know it then, but that was the start of my own dynasty. I was not a favorite of the old Emperor and after his death, I was childless and afraid of being sent off to be a nun like the other childless concubines, but instead I was led to another fate. The wife of the new Emperor was having a power struggle over her husband's favors with his favorite concubine and she used me to distract him from her enemy. Instead of being used to help gain power for someone else, I became the Emperor's new favorite and used the power for myself. The Emperor deposed his first wife and made me Empress instead! From there, I became China's first woman Empress Regnant!

Send me the name of China's only Empress, the name of the woman whose place she took (the wife of the new Emperor), and the name of the Emperor who made her his Empress. She was concubine to two Emperor's, but send me the name of the one who made her Empress.

TIP: She was the only lawful, reigning Empress. She was not an Empress Dowager. She was not the wife of an Emperor. She was a Consort until the original Empress was deposed by the Emperor, who then made this Consort his Empress.  She was the only woman in China's history to assume the role of Empress Regnant.

It's possible that this Empress was known by two different names. I'll accept either as correct.

 

  • 8. I was an actress in England, but not just any old actress, I was a good one and caught the eye of the King! The King had other mistresses, but he always had a soft place in his heart for me. I even had two sons for the King. Good thing, too, as his foreign wife couldn't give him any children.

Send me the name of the actress, the King, and the King's wife.

ANSWERS:

1. Queen Elizabeth, Robert Dudley, and Amy Robsart

2. Catherine the Great, Grigory Potemkin

3. Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Robert Lincoln

4. Queen Juana la Loca, Philip the Handsome, Isabella of Castile, Ferdinand II of Aragon

5. Catherine de Medici, King Henry II, Diane de Poitiers

6. Eleanor of Aquitaine, Louis VII, King Henry II

7. Wu Zetian, Empress Wang, Emperor Gaozong

8. King Charless II, Nell Gwyn, Catherine of Braganza

 

 

 

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I've decided to give the answers at the end of the month so everyone will have the whole month to get in on the challenge.  I'll be posting questions twice a week until the end of the month.

THE PRIZES:

We will have four prizes - one for each week of the month. Our Grand Prize winner will receive a book from their wishlist. The other three weekly winners will be able to choose a book from a couple of ARC's and other H/F books that I have. The grand prize winner will be the person with the most correct answers. If there is a tie, I'll choose a random winner and then choose the other 3 winners in the same way.

 

PRIZES:

The grand prize winner can choose between a book from her wishlist and the book from Letty! 

Our other prizes: (These are all ARC's)

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See - TAKEN

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant - TAKEN

Guernica by Dave Boling - TAKEN

Etta  by Gerald Koplan - TAKEN

Twilight of Avalon by Anna Elliott - TAKEN

American Rust by Philipp Meyer - TAKEN

 

 

WINNERS:

Genie -  chose the wishlist book!

 

 

The other winners:

  • Katy F. ( srfbluemama )- Sacred Hearts
  • Karla B.  ( gaslight ) - Twilight of Avalon
  • Pamela R. ( I-no-books ) - Etta
  • Letty - Guernica
  • Sue B.  - Shanghai Girls
  • Sherry G. - American Rust


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Date Posted: 9/3/2009 2:44 PM ET
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Valli - I just wanted to thank you for dreaming up this fun mini challenge.  I've already pm-ed you with my answers.

Linda

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 3:38 PM ET
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Sent you a PM too!

Thanks!

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 4:06 PM ET
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I just saw that I wrote "courier" instead of "courtier", not just once, but twice! LOL

Yep, he was her favorite package delivery man. Oh, gosh, where was my brain this morning?! Missing, obviously! I guess I'll go edit that now.

Oh, jeez...

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 5:58 PM ET
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"I've got a package for you" heh. I think that goes in the Historical Romance category ;)

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 7:32 PM ET
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Great questions - I sent my answers.

Date Posted: 9/3/2009 9:54 PM ET
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PM'd you my answers!

Date Posted: 9/4/2009 9:15 AM ET
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Lord, Mimi, you about made me spit out my energy drink all over the computer screen when I read that!  LOL!!  Thanks for the laugh this morning. 

I'll give the challenge a try, but I kinda' suck at these.  Thanks for hosting, Valli

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 11:08 AM ET
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The second question has been added to my first post. If anyone needs a hint, let me know and I'll add one to the post. ;-)

 

LOL @ Mimi! But, just because I accidentally typed "couriers", that does not mean my mind is always on packages. :-D

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 12:42 PM ET
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I'm confused. Mimi has a package???

(Snickers)

Date Posted: 9/6/2009 8:28 PM ET
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Ladies, ladies!  This thread is dangerously veering.  LOL! 

ETA - the smiley!  I just noticed we now have smilies.  How fun! 



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Date Posted: 9/7/2009 1:19 PM ET
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You guys are going to kill me - I screwed up part of the question!!

When I was writing the questions, I couldn't decide if I wanted to include Potemkin or Orlov, and went with Orlov because he'd fathered the kid and that would give me a good three part question. Then, when I was posting the question here Saturday morning, I decided to go with Potemkin instead because I think he is more interesting, plus all of the questions have a gossipy, scandalous kind of vibe and I thought he fit in with that better than Orlov. But, I forgot to take out the bit about the child!! That's where I screwed up! I should have left it alone and not tried to change things around at the last minute. 

I promise the rest of the questions are all correct and I will not screw it up again! Promise!!!

I'm just going to give everyone who pm'ed me three entries for this question to make it fair. So sorry!!

Now, we can go back to discussing Mimi's package.  Oh, Mimi...where are you?? We are talking about packages of...books! Of course! Right?



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Date Posted: 9/7/2009 1:59 PM ET
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Potemkin had a package.

So did Orlov.

Oh, right, back to the discussion. You were saying, Valli?

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 10:28 PM ET
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Mimi's package is books, not the same type that Elizabeth's courtier allegedly had.

I spent the weekend in Ashland, OR at the Shakespeare festival, and one of the plays we saw was Henry VIII, which is apparently rarely performed and quite interesting from a HF point of view.

And, thanks for the update on the second question, Valli.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 11:57 AM ET
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LOL! You guys are killing me! Who knew our dear, sweet Genie was so obsessed with packages? Definitely alarming! :-D

Which of Shakespeare's plays did you see Mimi? I am jealous of your going to the festival! I so wish we had things like that around here, or, at least, within easy travelling distance. We do have a yearly Renaissance Festival, but I forgot to go to the last one. :-(

A new question will be posted tomorrow, then another one on Saturday.



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Date Posted: 9/8/2009 1:11 PM ET
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We saw Henry VIII which is rarely performed (and may not be just written by Shakespeare) which was fascinating from a HF point of view.  They also did a preplay talk which we were able to attend where they discussed the historical background (which I knew all of) and the play itself. Very good.

We also saw MacBeth.

Date Posted: 9/9/2009 1:44 PM ET
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The third question has been posted!

Mimi, The festival sounds wonderful! I hadn't heard that about Henry VIII; I'll have to read more about it. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/12/2009 3:49 PM ET
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oops, sorry.



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Date Posted: 9/16/2009 10:17 AM ET
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Question number five has been posted!

Anyone can join in on this challenge at any time, up until the last day of the month.

Date Posted: 9/16/2009 5:50 PM ET
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This is so much fun! Thanks, Valli!

Date Posted: 9/20/2009 12:38 PM ET
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Question number six is posted now. I was late, but it's there now! Sorry! I was crazy busy yeaterday. ;-)

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 10:12 AM ET
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Hey what about questions about famous historical men rather than women????  The women ones seem too easy.  really enjoying this game, Valli.

Pam

Date Posted: 9/21/2009 7:07 PM ET
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First packages. Now easy women. What's up with this thread?!

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And I heard that easy women do not care about the size of the package!  I will have to ask my postman!!!

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Pamela, You're killing me! LOL!

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