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    THE LAST KING OF EGYPT! I basically want to know everything about her and her rule and her super-complicated relationship with Tutmoses. Tell me about her being nine years old and suddenly having her father become king, out of nowhere! Tell me about her father raising her as his heir. Tell me about her spreading the tale of her divine birth.

    Tell me about the women in her life, the other queens and princesses she had to deal with, be they dowager queens or secondary wives of her husband, or even her mother, sister and daughter.

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    I am SO THERE for Cornelia being a badass and laying a political smackdown on whoever the fuck. But I am also here for something between her and her relatives, be that her daughter or her sons (the Gracchi -- I love them too, btw) or her sisters or her father (Scipio Africanus).

    I'm really curious about how she felt about having a statue in the Field of Mars -- especially since she was probably the first woman in this position!

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    Jeanne d'Arc is FASCINATING and I'm not just saying that because I'm French. Tell me about the voices and the visions -- how do they manifest? Are they real? (I'm okay any way you want to spin this, from delusion to God to some other sort of spirit -- I'm agnostic myself, but the framing of Joan as prophet is fascinating to me.)

    I'd love an AU in which she never dies and by never I don't just mean 'survives teh pyre', I mean 'never'. Immortal Joan! Possibly ruling France!

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    Sometimes I do that thing where I mention a crackship* and accidentally talk myself into being invested in it. Case in point. That said, I think they would have fascinating discussions about empire-building, making your way to the top and basically, statescraft in general. Is there tension because of the Aeneas and Carthage burning things? Are they bros in the afterlife?

    * Where ship = any kind of relationship, not necessarily romantic.

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    An AU in which they're somehow on the same side (whichever). The Pun-ic War (I LIKE PUNS OK). IN SPAAAAAAAAAACE AU. Hannibal wins AU. He's a Carthaginian general sworn never to be a friend to Rome, he's a Roman general trying to avenge his father's death by Carthaginians, TOGETHER THEY FIGHT CRIME.

    I ship them, but you can totally go gen or with other ships instead, idc. Hannibal/Maharbal? Yes. Aemilia/Scipio? Also there. Ditto Aemilia/Scipio/Hannibal.

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    Married off to Edward at fourteen; to Richard a year later, after the deaths of both her father and first husband in the spectacularly gory battle of Tewkesbury; queen of England for a year or so in her mid-twenties, after she'd seen the death of her only son and before her own death at twenty eight ... in outline, Anne Neville's life is unmistakably that of a dynastic pawn. I'd love more or less anything, then, which fleshed it out and gave Anne a voice of her own, from a low-key character study to a balls-to-the-wall reinterpretation/AU. After all, even hewing quite closely to documented history gives you a world of possibilities to play with - did Richard come to Anne as a childhood friend or a kidnapper and murderer? Did she have any say in Richard's decision to seize the crown in 1483? What on earth was it like having Margaret of Anjou as a mother-in-law? I'm completely open to a fic in which Anne is every inch her father's daughter (and learns from the best - ie Margaret - when it comes to dynastic realpolitik), and sends Richard off to the Tower to greet his nephews with dagger in hand. Or what about a story about a devout young woman who corresponds with her second mother-in-law, Cecily Neville, about the thirteenth-century saint Mechtilde of Hackeborn, who owns Mechtilde's Booke of Gostlye Grace and seeks solace and purpose in visionary, female-centric mysticism? A shipfic charting Anne and Richard's marriage - all eleven years of it? An AU in which Anne does not die, and Richard does not lose at Bosworth? A relatively faithful retelling ... IN SPACE?

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    Spying! Intrigue! Scandal! Making a living from her writing! A life (apparently, in her own words) 'dedicated to pleasure and poetry'! I'd love just about any take on Behn, from a plotty look at the intricacies (or unglamorous realities) of spycraft to a porny look at what it meant to pursue a dedication to pleasure in the milieu of Charles II. What about a version of the story behind 'The Disappointment', a pastoral romp in which a swain signally fails to get it up? (Feel free to give any such fic a less dick-centric, disappointing ending!) A fic about the writing of Oroonoko? About Behn's travels in Surinam? About her friendship with notorious rake and fellow poet, the Earl of Rochester? Or something about Behn's mysterious early life, before she so spectacularly fashioned herself a place on the national stage? I'd love to hear anything about what transformed Eafrey Johnson, the daughter of a Canterbury barber and the most likely candidate for young!Aphra, into Aphra Behn, agent 160, codename Astrea, and later still a famously prolific poet and playwright. And what about the moving, mournful couplet on Aphra Behn's tomb in Westminster Abbey (not, mind you, in poets' corner):

    Here lies a proof that wit can never be
    Defence enough against mortality.

    Was this written by Aphra herself? By her lover Jack Hoyle? Is its sadness partly that of an arch-monarchist who lived (just) to see the fall of James II and the Glorious Revolution put William and Mary on the throne? Or simply that of a woman who died, as far as we know, broke, ill, but still writing constantly? And, hell - feel free to give Behn some defence against mortality in the form of making her an awesome vampire or similar. I'm pretty sure she'd have appreciated the thought!

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    I'd love something weird and/or sad for Ludwig: what about a story from the perspective of one of his castles, or set during one of the private performances he had staged at his court theatre (starring Josef Kainz, perhaps, with whom Ludwig may or may not have been romantically involved)? Or a look at that one time Ludwig nearly abdicated in order to follow Wagner around Europe? NGL, I'm drawn to Ludwig by electrically-lit Venus grottos and shell-shaped rowing boats - spectacle and strangeness; the construction of dizzyingly extravagant and never-quite-complete fantasy worlds - but if you want to concentrate on other aspects of Ludwig's reign - his fascination with his disgraced grandfather; his manifold insufficiencies as a reigning monarch; his sad end - I'd love to hear about it.

    NB - something that goes for all my requests: I have no hardline squicks or triggers, and would welcome fic of any rating, style, or genre.

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    This is probably the request I know the least about, but the one that's always puzzled me: Edith Swan-Neck, as I discovered her, was Harold's long-term mistress and effectively his wife, only to be put away for another Edith, Edith of Mercia - but at the same time, Harold seems to have very little interest in his official wife, and apparently returned to Edith Swan-Neck the night before Hastings. At any rate, she's supposedly the one who identified his body - and how awful must that have been. That said, though, before I could think of Edith Swan-Neck as a poor, down-trodden girlfriend, she was apparently one of the richest women in all England and clever and bold enough to rescue Harold's body when even Harold's mother couldn't ransom it. Add to that the proposed identification with Richeldis, who apparently had a vision of the Virgin Mary at Walsingham and established a chapel there, and I am officially intrigued. I'd love anything about her: a young Edith being wooed and won by Harold, her reaction to his (re-)marriage, and/or her walking the battlefield to find and bury his body.

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    The original woman king. I first met Hatshepsut in Mara, Daughter of the Nile, and as negative as that portrayal is, I loved her nonetheless. I love her success, her cleverness, and her grandeur. But I confess what I'd most love to see explored is her relationship with Senenmut and/or with her daughter Neferure. I find Neferure's assistance of her mother fascinating - she seems to have taken on the ceremonial aspects of the queenship - as well as her sudden disappearance from the historical record. Whatever happened to her? What was her relationship with her mother like? And Senenmut - to me, he and Hatshepsut were the meeting of two equally brilliant and witty minds (yes, I ship them, too, and would love something from their first, sparky meetings as young people) - but what also intrigues me is that in all the portraits I've seen, it's always Senenmut portrayed with Neferure. I've always thought of the three of them making up their own family, even if Neferure and Senenmut aren't biologically related, and also of Senenmut having the more gender-stereotypical role of being associated with the children as compared to Hatshepsut.

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    Anne Neville, my forever girl :D. I love her to bits, and ship her with Richard like there's no tomorrow, but other aspects of her life I'd love to see explored: dealing with being the privileged Kingmaker's daughter (and Princess of Wales) to a traitor trapped in her brother-in-law's estate/the infamous cookery shop. Her relationship with her mother, which could have only become more twisted when the widowed Countess came north (on the one hand, she was declared legally dead one year after; and on the other, there's this hilarious anecdote four years later about her ordering a fancy golden tablet, likely the Middleham Jewel, and pissing off Richard, which I would dearly love to see Anne's involvement in.) Her sisterhood with Isabel, of course, but also Margaret, her half-sister who was also a participant in her coronation. And/or just give me snarky Richard/Anne banter and I shall be a happy gel:)

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    (See my letter for the long, gushing-over-how-awesome EZ is version of this request.)

    I'd love to see something involving the newsletter, or an expansion on any of the stories EZ tells in her books: Like reading to her kids "The time taken for the tongue to catch up with eye was usually enough for a stitch to be picked up or new wool joined in. When more complicated difficulties arose, the family just had to wait a few minutes." (Knitter's Almanac p. 45) Or swatching in a park "The man at the other end of the bench must have thought I was out of my fur, making buttonhole after buttonhole on a long skinny strip of knitting." (ditto p. 79) Or the infamous tale of her knitting while riding behind her husband on his motorcycle, and he had no idea until a passing motorist ratted her out. (The Opinionated Knitter, page unknown)

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    Another woman I'm not as familiar with as I'd like to be. When people talk about women in computing, Ada Lovelace is often mentioned, but the computer she wrote programs for was never even built. I don't know why Grace Hopper isn't better known. She invented the first compiler, which is huge, and also contributed to the creation of the computer language COBOL, which is still used today (though generally not by choice but because it's in legacy code; it's pretty dated by now). I'd like to see something about her experiences leading to these achievements, and/or what it was like for her working in an extremely male-dominated field.

    BTW...stealth Agent Carter references welcome. ;-)

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