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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...
If you can name the queen, the courtier, and the wife, you'll earn three entries into the contest.
Name the Empress and the advisor/ex-lover to earn more entries into the contest.
Name the President, the First Lady, and the son who threw her into the loony bin. ;-)
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.
Send me the name of the wife, the name of her husband, and the name of the woman he loved, the mistress.
Send me the names of the woman and the names of both of her husbands.
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.
Send me the name of the actress, the King, and the King's wife.
1. Queen Elizabeth, Robert Dudley, and Amy Robsart
8. King Charless II, Nell Gwyn, Catherine of Braganza
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.
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.
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
Genie - chose the wishlist book!
The other winners:
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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.
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!
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
Ladies, ladies! This thread is dangerously veering. LOL!
ETA - the smiley! I just noticed we now have smilies. How fun!
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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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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.
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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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.