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Welcome to the first ever round of [community profile] historyfest, a prompt fest for historical rpf!

Rules, Information and Timeline

  • Prompting opens March 1.
  • Prompting closes March 15.
  • Filling closes April 30.
  • You may fill as soon as a prompt is posted, but an organised list of prompts will be posted after prompting ends.
  • All countries and historical periods are welcome. (For the purposes of this fest, history will be defined as pre-1950.)
  • Gen, het, slash, femslash and poly are all encouraged, as are all genres and ratings.
  • You may post anonymously if you wish. This includes both prompts and fills.
  • There is no minimum level of historical significance to be included in this fest. People can be politicians, generals, writers, artists, actors, jesters, monarchs, philosophers, scientists, spouses, parents, siblings, children, or merely someone who once did something odd that happened to be written about.
  • Don't be an asshole.


  • One prompt per comment, but you may leave as many comments as you like.
  • You may prompt 'crossovers' between people who never met or weren't alive at the same time.
  • To allow for easy categorisation, please title the thread in the following format: Country, Century
  • If the people involved belong to more than one country or century, please list both, e.g. Ancient Egypt/Ancient Rome, 1st Century BCE; China, 2nd-3rd Century; Britain, 1st Century/16th Century


  • Fills may consist of fic, art, mixes, or whatever you feel inspired to make.
  • There is no minimum or maximum length or size.
  • When posting, leave your fill as a reply to the original prompt. Make sure to change the thread title to "Fill: Title of Work, Medium, Country, Century, People/Ship, Rating" so people know you've posted something.
  • For fic, you may paste your work into the comment itself, or leave a link to where it's hosted elsewhere.
  • For art or other multimedia works, please provide a link to where it is hosted rather than embedding it.
  • You may fill your own prompts.
  • Multiple fills for the same prompt are allowed.
  • Please provide suitable warnings.
  • There is an AO3 collection here if you'd like to use it.
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Ancient Rome, 1st Century BC

Date: 2015-03-01 12:59 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Catullus, modern AU - His twitter account is angry, offensive and utterly filthy.

Naturally it goes viral.

England, 19th century

Date: 2015-03-01 09:01 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Lord Byron/John Edleston, the infamous cornelian brooch (origins, procurement, gifting)

England, 19th century

Date: 2015-03-01 09:13 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Anne Lister, sexual awakening.

England/Spain, 17th Century

Date: 2015-03-01 09:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Charles Prince of Wales & George Villiers, their roadtrip across Europe to get to Madrid and impress the Infanta Maria. Can be shippy or not - as you wish.

Europe, 19th-20th century

Date: 2015-03-01 09:44 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Anything involving Hendrik Christian Andersen.

Perhaps an exploration of his romantic and sexual relationship with his older brother Andreas? (how it originated and developed; the story behind their "languidly post-coital homoerotic self-portrait"; coping with Andreas' early death.)

Or, Hendrik/Henry James - the passionate love affair borne out of mutual artistic admiration...and the eventual estrangement over creative ideals.

USA, 19th century

Date: 2015-03-01 09:57 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Herman Melville/Nathaniel Hawthorne, something based on the following:

(Melville, writing about Hawthorne): "...already I feel that Hawthorne had dropped germinous seeds into my soul. He expands and deepens down... and further and further shoots his strong New-England roots into the hot soil in my Southern soul."

England, 17th Century

Date: 2015-03-01 10:25 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
James VI & I/ Buckingham
Anything involving that shared bedroom door.

Britain, 18th century

Date: 2015-03-01 10:26 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The adventures, sexual or otherwise, of Hannah Snell. (AKA a woman whose husband deserted her → screw him, she adopts her brother-in-law's identity and enlists → gets called effeminate → proves her masculinity by sexing up multitudes of women → eventually reveals the truth to her fellow sailors → cashes in on the well-earned fame and retires comfortably).

England, 17th-18th century

Date: 2015-03-01 10:39 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Isaac Newton, the celibacy was a cover for his homosexuality.

Alternatively, the celibacy was genuine → ace!Newton

China, 3rd century

Date: 2015-03-01 11:00 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Ruan Ji/Xi Kang - something involving their famed menage with Shan Tao, which was observed by Shan Tao's voyeuristic wife (who'd reported afterwards to her husband, "Your ability is in no way comparable to theirs.")

Ancient Rome/Carthage, 3rd/2nd Century BC

Date: 2015-03-01 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hannibal Barca/Scipio Africanus, after the war

Ancient Rome, 1st Century BC

Date: 2015-03-01 11:04 pm (UTC)
aestivali: Mark Antony and Julius Caesar from Horrible Histories (hh ► mark + julius)
From: [personal profile] aestivali
Julius Caesar/Mark Antony, the value of discipline

England, 16th century

Date: 2015-03-02 12:15 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
William Shakespeare/Christopher Marlowe, collaboration- perhaps on one of the Elizabethan plays with unknown or disputed authorship?

'Edward III' might be a good choice as it bridges the gap between Marlowe's 'Edward II' and Shakespeare's 'Richard II', but anything with them working together would be great.

Doesn't have to be shippy, though I would prefer any rivalry to be friendly!

England, 17th century

Date: 2015-03-02 12:22 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Charles II/Catherine of Braganza- after the Bedchamber Incident, Charles attempts to make it up to Catherine by being the Best Husband Ever(TM).

Rome, 1st century AD

Date: 2015-03-02 01:39 am (UTC)
pulchritude: (4)
From: [personal profile] pulchritude
Titus/Berenice, something about their relationship (and if it's about her final dismissal, something not too sad, please! I'd like to believe that Titus did mean to send for her later again at a more convenient time :))

Brittany/France, 15th/16th century

Date: 2015-03-02 04:09 am (UTC)
heliopausa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heliopausa
Lady Anne of Brittany; 15th/16th century France; je suis bretonne et j'en suis fière.
Edited Date: 2015-03-06 12:02 am (UTC)

US, 18th century

Date: 2015-03-02 01:17 pm (UTC)
pulchritude: (2)
From: [personal profile] pulchritude
John Adams/Abigail Adams or George Washington/Martha Washington, something about how these leading ladies were also kickass and awesome and their husbands knew it!

England/Scotland, 16th century

Date: 2015-03-02 02:48 pm (UTC)
mercuries: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mercuries
Elizabeth Tudor/Mary Stuart - parallel to their official correspondence, they're having a secret exchange of much more personal letters

England/Scotland, 16th century

Date: 2015-03-02 02:49 pm (UTC)
mercuries: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mercuries
Elizabeth Tudor/Mary Stuart - they did meet in real life

Italy, 16th century

Date: 2015-03-02 02:50 pm (UTC)
mercuries: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mercuries
Niccolò Machiavelli - his reaction when he hears of Cesare Borgia's death

Ancient Rome, 1st century AD

Date: 2015-03-02 03:06 pm (UTC)
mercuries: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mercuries
Emperor Tiberius - what's he really up to during his "retirement" on Capri?
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