Do you ever feel as if you’re living in the wrong time period? I do. Often. I mean, I like the modern conveniences of today. I enjoy the fact that I can hop online and get the answer to absolutely any question. I was happy to wave goodbye to the days of hauling my bottom to the library to research stuff. I much prefer Googling in my pajamas. I love my microwave and flat iron and car. I like that I can get medication to stop spring allergies from commandeering my respiratory system. I love my Kindle and the limitless books it allows me to have at my fingertips.
But... sometimes I picture myself living in the past. Not my own past. Not back to the 1970s, 80s, 90s, and 2000s, but the past past. Like medieval times mostly. Knights and castles, kings and queens, outlaws hiding in Sherwood Forest… that kind of past.
I’ve been rewatching the BBC 2006 TV series Robin Hood starring Jonas Armstrong, although I can’t say I was—or am—consistently rooting for Robin. I’ve always been a little infatuated with Guy of Gisborne, played by Richard Armitage because… well… Richard Armitage.
And the only thing better than leather on Richard Armitage is black leather on Richard Armitage.
He plays a dark, broody Guy who always seems to be seething just under the surface. He claims to be powerful, but isn’t really much more than the sheriff’s lackey. Then there’s the way he looks at Marian like he wants to consume her even though he knows she’s not on his side. There be heat in those gorgeous blue eyes. Heat that would most likely have me saying, “Sorry, Robin, but I’m busy tonight.”
Another show that reminds me of my love of medieval times is Reign on the CW. It’s about Mary, Queen of Scots, so I’m fairly certain there won’t be a happily ever after in the series finale, but I’ve still been watching faithfully since the beginning. The costuming on the characters is phenomenal, blending historical accuracy with a sprinkle of the modern. I just want to spend an afternoon trying on the dresses and jewelry… and crowns. This show also has its supply of hunky lords to ogle—a critical element of any worthy production.
I may have had a past life during medieval times. I mean, I’ve got the hair for it. Of course, it wouldn’t have always been clean…
What time period would you like to visit? What appeals to you in that period?
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