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Divia
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Post by Divia » Sat January 17th, 2009, 8:52 pm

[quote=""LoveHistory""]How about Colonial America?[/quote]


The Tory Window is coming up for publication soon, right? That would be perfect.
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MLE (Emily Cotton)
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Sat January 17th, 2009, 9:11 pm

How about a theme of HF with lower-class main characters? The queens, kings and nobles are better-known, of course, but books like Girl With a Pearl Earring told me a lot about real life for 90% of the population.

Another theme might be HF featuring places as the 'main character'. Houses, or countries, or even cathedrals (I'm thinking Hunchback of Notre Dame here, not Pillars.)

What about seafaring novels? Plenty to choose from there.

Novels about exploration?

Novels about famous scientists, astronomers, engineers, etc.? (I don't know how many of those there are, but I did enjoy 'Galileo's daughter' NF)

Classic HF that was written before 1900?

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Post by LCW » Sun January 18th, 2009, 4:00 am

[quote=""MLE""]How about a theme of HF with lower-class main characters? The queens, kings and nobles are better-known, of course, but books like Girl With a Pearl Earring told me a lot about real life for 90% of the population.

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Love that, MLE!

I'd like to see a theme on villainesses. Bad, wicked women would be cool to read about!
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Post by Misfit » Sun January 18th, 2009, 1:36 pm

[quote=""LCW""]Love that, MLE!

I'd like to see a theme on villainesses. Bad, wicked women would be cool to read about![/quote]

Ooh yes, and big bad villains as well. :) :) :)

I liked the suggestion of books on the regular folks instead of the kings and queens and lords and ladies we always see. That's been the best part of Anand's Bridges Over Time Series, getting to see what life was like in medieval England for the villeins, serfs and yeomen.

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Post by Divia » Sun January 18th, 2009, 4:44 pm

I agree. Average people would be an interesting topic.

Do we get to vote on the topics or do you just pick the best ones?
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Post by Leo62 » Sun January 18th, 2009, 4:58 pm

Some great ideas - love the medieval plebs, voyages, explorations, scientists :p

Here's my tuppence-worth:

Periods of revolution and/or rebellion.

Culture clash, e.g. east meets west, colonialism.

Spies.

Betrayal.

Timeslip.

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Post by diamondlil » Sun January 18th, 2009, 7:51 pm

I was just going to pick one. We have enough here for about 3 years worth of themes!
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