Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Anonymous Historical Characters II

See here.

In the Old Phoenix:

"[The landlady's] shelves are small, but somehow she can produce anything you ask for."
-Poul Anderson, "Losers' Night" IN Anderson, All One Universe (New York, 1997), pp. 105-123 AT p. 109.

An easy feat in multi-dimensional space. The Doctor's TARDIS is notoriously bigger outside than in.

The next speaker is clearly Charles Stewart Parnell but who is the Spartan with whom he discusses the restoration of justice against timocracy?

Before listening to any more men, the first person narrator lists several interesting women:

Hatshepsut;
Jingo Kogo;
Gunnhild;
Britomart;
Sacajawea;
Moll Flanders;
Sojourner Truth;
Valeria Matuchek.

Gunnhild and Valeria are parts of the Anderson canon. And that is enough from me at this time of night.

4 comments:

  1. Kaor, Paul!

    The Spartan is probably King Cleomenes III, a reformer king, who won battles, redistributed land, and restored traditional military training, the agoge, but who was finally defeated, and fled to Alexandria. There, he committed suicide after, to quote a facile history book, "trying to raise a revolt in the name of liberty, a word the Alexandrians did not understand." And that's pretty much how Plutarch tells it.

    Best Regards,
    Nicholas D. Rosen

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    1. I meant favorite history book, not facile history book. Text completion!

      Best Regards,
      Nicholas

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    2. Nicholas,
      Thank you. I was going to google "Sparta" to find a likely candidate.
      Paul.

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  2. Kaor, Paul!

    I've wondered if you noticed how Queen Mary I of England is also seen in "Losers' Night"?

    Sean

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