9.15.2015

What would you do if you were transported back to medieval times?


Imagine you, your family, and your friends are at the carnival enjoying all manner of carnival foods and fun rides. You spy a fantastic looking tent touting Rennaisance Faire fun for all. Intrigued, you part from the group intending to just sneak one quick peek. The second you touch the tent flap, everything changes. The tent is gone and all around you is the noise, clang, and clatter of saddled war horses, knights in armor and preparations for a joust. You've been transported to the medieval times. Until you can find your way back to your own time, you have to do something, so, what would you do/be?

River Fairchild - 



I'd have to be a fortune teller in medieval times. That way I could still keep my head attached to my neck, despite the fact that I'd be a mouthy female who doesn't know her place in society. My skills would be in demand and I could frighten the superstitious people into leaving me alone without resorting to burning me at the stake.

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Christine Rains -



If I were transported back to medieval times, I'd fast be collecting materials to make a time machine to travel back to the 21st century! I couldn't live without the comforts of our modern world. And books! Books were a rare and precious thing in the dark ages. I'd make some coin by being a scribe (if they would even allow a woman to do so!) and piece together a primitive contraption that would make the Time Lords cringe.

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Ellie Garratt - 


If I were transported back to medieval times, I'd be in big trouble. I don't like to see people treated unfairly, so I'd make it my mission to track down Robin Hood and join his rebellious band of men. I'd become an outlaw, hiding from the law and fighting injustice.

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Gwen Gardner -


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I'd be a healer and spend my time growing and drying herbs to use in my concoctions. They'd be tied in bundles and hung from the ceiling and my little hovel would smell so wonderful! There would always be something simmering on the hearth. The plague wouldn't dare come anywhere near my medicinal cures.

Misha Gerrick


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I'd rule, I believe. ;-)

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Angela Brown -


I'd probably become a knight of mystery. Being transported to a time without electricity, lacking toilets that flush, and missing my basic comforts could bring out some pretty angry emotions. Until I could get home, kicking lots of butt could be a good way of channeling that anger. And being a girl, well, I'd have to keep my identiy a secret.

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Cherie Reich - 

I'd take a moment or so to panic. Then, I would lament the fact I was in the Middle Ages and not some place cool like Ancient Greece or Rome. After that, I would get myself to a nunnery. Not because I care for all that religious stuff, but it's a safe place for a woman who'd more likely be accused of witchcraft to plot a way back to modern times.

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M. Pax -

I come from a long line of merchants, so I'd probably be a shop girl working in the family store. If I retained the personality I currently have, I'd spend the days daydreaming of better days. However, considering how life was at the time, I'd probably be counting my blessings to be a merchant's daughter. If I had a choice, I'd be out training the horses.


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Jeff Chapman -

I would be a knight at the Round Table of course, feasting on wild boar and venison, quaffing copious drafts of mead, writing love poetry, and questing after the Holy Grail in my spare time. Okay, back to reality. (UR is a collection of fantasy writers.) According to the dictionary, chapman is an archaic term for a peddler. Yup, I would be the medieval version of a door-to-door salesman, traipsing across the countryside, selling stuff that people can't afford and don't want and likely spreading plague-infested fleas in my wake. Like to buy some vair-lined slippers? They're guaranteed to keep your feet toasty this winter.

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  1. Love all your answers.
    Me? I hope I would be a witch. A successful one.

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    1. Awesome. I'll come to you to purchase potions.

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    2. I might need some magical help to build my time machine!

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    3. Yes! I'll join your endeavors. We'll set up shop. :)

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  2. Hi Christine - as EC says ... wonderful answers. I'd have to be a herbalist hidden in the woodsides ... so I couldn't be caught - but would help locals through their ailments and help with adding to their stores for winter. Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary - I'd be happy to purchase your herbs for my potions!

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  3. The consensus seems to be, we'd all have to skulk about.

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  4. It's good to know we all have viable plans, cuz, you know, it could totally happen 0_o

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  5. So, Jeff, you'd be one of *those* people. ;) LOL! I don't think any of us would want to be in the Middle Ages for long.

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    1. Cherie - Yeah, Jeff mentions plague-infested fleas and slippers in the same breath. I'm not buying his peddled goods!

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    2. I also have some flea collars blessed by Saint someone or other, guaranteed to rid you of all vermin.

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  6. These are great but knowing me, they may burn me at the stake or I would end up a kitchen wrench. I would love to think I would be in those romantic gowns learning music and writing but...I would be a kitchen wrench

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    1. Birgit - LOL. Be a tavern wench instead. I hear they have more fun. ;)

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  7. Great answers. I'm going to be brutally honest. If I was transported back, I'd probably end up dead because OMG I'd never survive that. Too much of a modern girl.

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    1. Patricia - I know what you mean. It'd be like living in the rough x a thousand!

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  8. Impressed that so many of you have knowledge of herbs. For me, being able to write and read would be a bonus - not sure that many people could do that. Trouble is I'd be expected to read Latin and the other strange language that would evolve into English as we know it. A storyteller perhaps.

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    1. Roland - A storyteller would be a great fit!

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  9. With my luck, I'd get the plague and die. :P

    Really though, I like the fortune teller idea. I'll go with that :)

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    1. Madilyn - I think it'd be fun! Plus, having a fortune teller's tent means not having to stay in plague-infested areas. :)

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  10. Oops, I missed posting what I'd do, but I can still say it here... I'd probably be a minstrel, or a card reader. I'm good with a Tarot deck.

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  11. I'd first have to master the language of the time so I wasn't considered a barbarian! Then I'd likely be a teacher since I'd be in the tiny minority who could read and write.

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    1. Donrazor - Barbarians can be fun... but yes, reading and writing would put you in high demand. :)

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