I have been trying to decide when I would have wanted to live if I could pick any time in history. I haven't made much of a secret of the fact I find this particular historical period we all got plunked down into something less than optimal.
I've written off the period before the invention of firearms. I'm not a Crusader type like Tancred or Bohemond, and would probably have been killed off in short order by the brigands, the Saracens, or in some fight over an apple orchard. I like Imperial Rome but battling the Gauls, Picts, Germans, et al doesn't appeal.
Maybe this war wouldn't have been such a bad time to be around, because apparently all a company grade officer had to do was learn some rudimentary commands and stand out in front of the troops til he got blasted. I could do that......
The American frontier doesn't hold any interest for me as a time to have lived. As it is, I live in a log house in the middle of the woods, and even though there are no painted savages hiding in the tree line, I still stay cautious. If there really were Hurons or Iroquois or whoever out there, I'd be afraid to go to the outhouse! Same with the latter part of the Westward expansion, battling the Apaches, Sioux and assorted other hair collectors doesn't resonate with me either. Geronimo for instance.... I think not.
I'll have to keep pondering it. To tell the truth, I lean toward the Victorian period but only if I were from the UK as part of the bargain.
we have got
the Maxim gun,
and they have not.