No spoilers here if you know the History you know what to expect ,anyway KBS have stated that Empress will at some point take a trip on the dark side . I know that sounds vague but obviously i cant say word for word what was stated because it will give everything away ,more this is just reassuring for those of us not to thrilled with some DJY type hi jinks that things will change (not for some time it would seem though ).
What is funny changing tract is by 10/11th century standards Chae Si Ra would be considered ugly, China be it Sung or Tang was the fashion template that all other Asian Kingdoms looked too . what was in style was big Rubenesque type ladys like the celebrated and ill fated Yang Kui Fei ,So our heroine would be deemed malnourished to say the least . its just interesting how the concepts of beauty change over time ,Even the Euro's were none to taken with kate Moss types ,life was so much harder back than so the fashion was for strong sturdy types . As for the men ...well burley and beergutted was the masculine standard .
My God, domyoung. My husband and I fit right in. I wish I had a time machine!
Only for a visit, though, unless you could be guaranteed a royal role. Even the royals got pushed around, but at least they didn't have to work from dawn into the night. I kinda like having electricity and running water and grocery stores. And painless dentistry.
I do love time-travel/alternate reality novels though. Diana Gabaldon and S. M. Stirling and Harry Turtledove and Eric Flint. A few chapters before bed, that's enough for me.
ET correct spelling: SM Stirling (not Bruce Sterling).
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Off topic here, ginny, but altho I adored Diana's early novels, once the Jamie/Claire romance ran its course, the later novels kind of bored me. Did you find that to be true?
And back on course again re,IE: They mention Goryeo all trhe time. Is that the same as Gorguyeo (spelling??) that Dae Joyoung fought so hard to re-establish?
Not bored, but not quite as compelling. I'm interested in her run-up to the American Revolution and anything she says about Native American life, also how the pioneers lived. Interesting that Jamie sees his land grant being more sustainable with more people. We have crowds now, but too little population back then meant that not all the work would get done. (farming, distilling the whisky, producing clothes, etc.)