Nicola here. I'm on a writing retreat in Wales at the moment so today, just for a bit of fun, I'm posting up a quiz. There’s a game that has been around for a few years that I absolutely love. It’s based on the idea of six degrees of separation; the theory that everyone in the world is a maximum of six steps away from each other so that a chain can be established to connect any two people. A while ago the BBC History magazine introduced a game called six degrees of historical separation – a challenge to see how broad a spectrum of historical characters you could connect in six steps. The connections between them can be anything – names, dates, places, whatever you like. I’ve been playing it ever since and I challenge you to do the same!
Here’s one of my favourites:
1.William First Earl of Craven 1608 – 1697. Soldier, cavalier, secret second husband of Elizabeth of Bohemia and the hero of my timeslip book House of Shadows.
3. Bedrich Smetana 1824 – 1884 A Czech composer whose music was inspired by Bohemian history and legends. His orchestral music includes the symphonic poem Richard III.
4. Richard III, King of England from 1483 – 1485, re-interred in Leicester Cathedral in 2015.
5. Thomas Cook 1808 – 1892, born in Melbourne Derbyshire, was also buried in Leicester. He founded the world’s first travel agency Thomas Cook and Sons in 1872 and offered “Grand Circular Tours of Europe” and trips to Egypt and the United States.
Okay, so maybe I have too much time on my hands! But if you like historical research and obscure facts, have a go at creating your own six degrees of historical (or Regency!) separation with either real people or characters from books, and share them here! Alternatively, do you have your own six degrees of separation story, connecting you to unexpected people?