This one took a bit of pondering. I excluded people I’ve written about (too likely to say, “Bimbo, you got it all wrong!”) and literary figures, though I’d love to meet Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen, and William Shakespeare. (It wouldn’t be much of a meeting, though, as I’d be standing there in gap-mouthed awe.) So here’s my five.
The Princes in the Tower. (I’ll cheat and count them as one.) What actually did happen to the two of them?
Juana “the Mad.” I’ve been reading a novel about her, and she sounds intriguing. Was she a madwoman, the victim of the ambitious men in her life, or both?
Marie Antoinette. Another historical figure about whom interpretations seem to differ widely.
Anne Boleyn. A woman who had a fascinating mixture of qualities, and whom people seem to have either hated or adored.
Edward IV. Was there a precontract with Eleanor Butler or was there not? And would he try to seduce me?