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post historical characters whose life stories could easily become top quality books or films
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Well this is more than characters, but the recent history of the Arab World could be perfect for a 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms'-esque story, except with a tragic ending.

Decline and overthrow of Ottoman Empire; Arab Revolt success; Sykes-Picot

>Rising Action:
Faisal becomes king of Iraq and Syria, revolts against French and British, full independence of Arab countries, Jewish immigration and control of local economy leads to Arab Revolt in Palestine, WWII hits North Africa and Iraq, Arab League is established to help ensure peace between Arabs

>Rising Action Con't:
Gamal Abdel Nasser takes power in Egypt, Arab-Israeli War ensues, Suez Crisis, Cold War reaches Arab World with Nationalists being generally favorable to the Soviets and Monarchists align with the US, UAE established only to cause coup in Syria, Yemen descends into civil war with Nationalists and Monarchists head-to-head, Black September, Rise of Gaddafi

Arabs are defeated in Six Day War, Nasser dies leaving Anwar Sadat to succeed him, War of Attrition, Hafez Al-Assad takes power in Syria and fights Islamists, Saddam Hussein takes power in Iraq, Iran-Iraq War causes the isolation of Syria by the Arabs, Sadat is assassinated, Hama Massacre, Rise of Hezbollah in the Lebanon War, Iran-Iraq stalemate, Gaddafi's child is killed by a US bombing, Saddam Hussein decides to invade Kuwait

Iraq is left devastated by Coalition invasion, Islamists take root in the Arab World under Saudi control, Nationalists are hunted down and killed by the US in Iraq, Bashar Al-Assad takes power, Palestine is divided between radical Hamas and Nationalist Fatah, Hezbollah gains fame for their victory against israel in 2008, NATO and US devise successful plan to destabilize Syria, Gaddafi is killed by Western-backed Islamists, Assad desperately fights Islamists with backing of Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia, rise of ISIS
What I posted here

Geoffrey Plantagenet has one of the most interesting histories.

Count of Anjou. Married Matilda. Matilda was 11 years older than he was. So, both disliked the marriage.
Matilda even more so. She used to be married to a powerful Holy Roman Emperor that was 16 years older than she was. Then, she became a widow and had to marry a 15 years old count because her father wanted peace with Anjou.

They managed to have some kids together and then spent as little time with each other as possible when they had enough sons.

He managed to reconquer Normandy for his son and raised him as a good Norman boy, because he knew Matilda's inheritance was better than his. Also, even if they hated each other, in a way, he worked well with Matilda.
Someone could also make something about Arrian.

Disciple of the greatest philosopher of his era.
Regarded as the best historian of his era.
Regarded as the best philosopher of his era, after his master died.
Became Governor of Capadocia.
Scared away an Alanian invasion.
What a fucking god, holy shit.
It seems like we are still in the middle of a climax, then.
[Hate of Mordvins Intensifies]
Enrico Dandolo
Friedrich von Wangen
Beatritz de Dia
A lot of people really. All it needs is the will to do it.
>Now Olga gave to each soldier in her army a pigeon or a sparrow, and ordered them to attach by thread to each pigeon and sparrow a piece of sulfur bound with small pieces of cloth. When night fell, Olga bade her soldiers release the pigeons and the sparrows. So the birds flew to their nests, the pigeons to the cotes, and the sparrows under the eaves. The dove-cotes, the coops, the porches, and the haymows were set on fire. There was not a house that was not consumed, and it was impossible to extinguish the flames, because all the houses caught on fire at once. The people fled from the city, and Olga ordered her soldiers to catch them. Thus she took the city and burned it, and captured the elders of the city. Some of the other captives she killed, while some she gave to others as slaves to her followers. The remnant she left to pay tribute.

What a glorious bitch, holy fuck.
hnnng why wont she step on my balls and spit in my mouth
Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. Marcus would be the the protagonist, and Lucius would be there to keep the edge plebs love.

>Marcus is riding into the battlefield to meet his generals after battle while there's a badass voice over from the meditations.

> One of his generals offers the head of a slain enemy as a gift. Marcus turns it down.

>zoom in to marcus' eyes while VO is going on, you can see the head via the reflection of his eyes.

>VO ends

>cut to Lucius in the middle of an orgy
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Hugh Glass has been done already, and I loved the Revenant when I saw it.
In the heart of the sea was pretty good too
I think Kautilya and Lokaksema could have some good movies just to name two
Sayyid brothers and Hayreddin Barbarossa
Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck
William Marshall.

Why they didn't just make a story about him instead of that shitty Robin Hood movie I'll never know. HE WAS EVEN IN THE FUCKING MOVIE.
Julian the Apostate

>Family Slaughtered by cousin at an early age but is spared
>Goes off so live and go to school in Asia Minor
>Abandon Christianty and return to polytheism
>Gets sent to Gaul
>Puts down tribal Germans, is declared emperor by his own soldiers
>Becomes emperor after cousin dies
>Tries to revive polytheism in his empire, builds some temples, doesn't go over well
>Dies during a war with the Persians

Intrigue, war, and family and religious feuds? Throw in some sex and it'll be good to go.
Belisarius and Justinian need to get a movie

bonus point if it has Justinian's bodiless head wandering the corridors of the imperial palace.
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What do you think of the Last Emperor, /his/?

Has kind of been filmed already as The Searchers but I'd like to see a more authentic version . With lots of comanche stuff.
Bartholomew "Black Bart" Roberts
>Some Welsh peasant doomed to a hapless life as a ship's navigator.
>Ship gets captured by a charismatic pirate captain.
>Forces Roberts to join his crew despite his unwillingness and high morals.
>Captain gets killed in a dramatic ambush scene.
>Pirate crew surprisingly votes Roberts as their captain.
>Roberts accepts, bringing his moral standing to the position, but not before sailing back to the island where the previous captain died and killing/burning fucking everything.
>Sail to Brazil, loot a fucking treasure fleet, first mate betrays him.
>Creates the Pirate Code, starts capturing ships like no other motherfucker in the world.
>Numerous scenes like one where he sails up to a Man-Of-War pretending to be a merchant ship and takes it over.
>Another scene where Roberts captures a military transport ship and gets the soldiers to defect to his side.
>All the while this guy acts like an English gentleman, refusing to drink booze and holding Sunday mass aboard his ship.
>After capturing their 400th ship, crew parties it up.
>Roberts tries to rally them, but he's the only one not drunk, as a pirate hunter makes way for his ship.
>Taking time to dress in his finest clothes before battle, as he always did, he is struck and killed by grapeshot.
>Crew buries him at sea and continues the fight for hours.
>Thus ends the most successful pirate of all time
>Thus ends the golden age of piracy.
>This all happens in under 3 years.
Also Garibaldi
Alfonso Graña(Galician King of the Shuar, that panamenian tribe that used to reduce human heads)
Lord Byron
But mainly the first, just some jobs and stuff he did:

>Participated in the Spanish-American war
>Tried to overthrow a Venezuelan dictator
>Acted as a double-spy in the Russian-Japanese War
>Searched gold in Alaska during the Gold Rush
>Fought with the mexican forces in Califonia
>Worked as a Cowboy in Arizona
>Enlisted in the Ottoman Army during WWI
>Was awarded with the Iron Cross by Kaiser Wilhelm II
>Met T.E. Lawrence
>Wrote several books

I'd love to see a movie about this absolute madman.
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>A man is born alone and dies alone; he experiences the good and bad consequences of his karma alone, and he goes alone to hell or the Supreme abode. – Kautilya
>A man is great by deeds, not by birth.

A man attains greatness by his merits, not simply by occupying an exalted seat. Can we call a crow an eagle simply because it perches on the top of a tall building?
Sounds like something Harald did when leader of the Varangians.
>literally made a nobody into an emperor.
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Tycho Brahe

While studying at the University of Rostock[15] in Germany, on 29 December 1566 Tycho lost part of his nose in a sword duel against fellow Danish nobleman (and his third cousin), Manderup Parsberg.[16][17] Tycho had earlier quarrelled with Parsberg over the legitimacy of a mathematical formula, at a wedding dance at professor Lucas Bachmeister's house on the 10th, and again on the 27th. Since neither had the resources to prove the other wrong, they ended up resolving the issue with a duel.[18] Though the two later reconciled, the duel two days later (in the dark) resulted in Tycho losing the bridge of his nose.
This would work better as a TV series than a movie (or movies).
This dude, but protestant countries would make him no justice (thanks, Luther) and there's no catholic country capable of making a good blockbuster movie about him.
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I was gonna recommend somebody Chinese or Japanese but chances are, it's already done by local TV stations. Since Japan and China pump out Historical Soaps like fuck.
>Mfw Korea is late in this game.
>Mfw I can't watch them because Korean Historical Dramas are always LETS PUT THIS SAPPY ROMANCE IN THE BACKDROP OF HISTORICAL EVENTS
Pierre Gassendi wrote that Tycho also had a tame elk (moose) and that his mentor the Landgrave Wilhelm of Hesse-Kassel (Hesse-Cassel) asked whether there was an animal faster than a deer.[17] Tycho replied, writing that there was none, but he could send his tame elk. When Wilhelm replied he would accept one in exchange for a horse, Tycho replied with the sad news that the elk had just died on a visit to entertain a nobleman at Landskrona. Apparently during dinner[25] the elk had drunk a lot of beer, fallen down the stairs, and died.

I don't even know how to summarise it
Harald Hardrada or William the Bastard.
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This madman.
There should be a movie about the exploits of the Emden.


>privateering in the Indian Ocean, capture several British ships
>bombard Madras and sink a Russian ship by subterfuge in Penang
>when finally destroyed, part of it's crew survives abandoned in the Cocos Islands
>these men decide to go back to Germany
>somehow they got to Arabia, where they had to fight off tribes coopted by the British to catch them
>win and get safe to Constantinople, from where they were sent to Germany as heroes
Sounds fucking good

Would be a hit in Canada
>Enrico Dandolo
I want this
Holy shit, that picture really fits her
Orelie Antoine de Tounens
> be french in 1880's
> be ameriboo
> travel to Chile
> goes to the mapuche araucania
> not even speaking spanish self proclaim king of araucania
> Tries to fetch int support but fails
> couple of raids and get apprehended by the butthurt chilean gov who send him to an asylum
> escapes rinses and repeats
> chilean army decides to occupy for fuck sakes the araucania
> Orelie returns to france to tell the tale
> to this day araucania kingdom still mint coins and print stamps, even has an heir

It would make an excelent historical/drama comedy about this man madness and shenanigans along the suffering and despair of the mapuche people

>Would be a hit in Canada
Why Canada
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The Forty-Eighters were Europeans who participated in or supported the revolutions of 1848 that swept Europe. In the German states, the Forty-Eighters favored unification of the German people, a more democratic government, and guarantees of human rights.[1] Disappointed at the failure of the revolution to bring about the reform of the system of government in Germany or the Austrian Empire and sometimes on the government's wanted list because of their involvement in the revolution, they gave up their old lives to try again abroad. Many emigrated to the United States

In the United States, most Forty-Eighters opposed nativism and slavery, in keeping with the liberal ideals that had led them to flee Europe. In the Camp Jackson Affair in St. Louis, Missouri, a large force of German volunteers helped prevent Confederate forces from seizing the government arsenal just prior to the beginning of the American Civil War.

After the Civil War, Forty-Eighters supported improved labor laws and working conditions. They also advanced the country's cultural and intellectual development in such fields as education, the arts, medicine, journalism, and business.

Notable German Forty-Eighters in the US;

Solomon Loeb, Abraham Kuhn founders of Kuhn, Loeb & Co.
Drake isn't Arab
It was a joke about all the refugees that Trudeau is shipping over.
would be glorious with probably a thousand character cast
>Black Bart
Check 'Em

Would watch
I'd like to see something about Xenophon and the Ten Thousand
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The original absolute madman
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this nigga
Gaius and Aulus should get a movie showing their life long friendship
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Remie Schrijven
Just call it Flanders last knight
Or maybe "a knight in the SS"
>Flemish nationalist
>get beaten up and push around by the Belgian government
>start to become more right radical
>your organization calls for volunteers to fight on the eastern front
>get rejected at first but persevere and get in
>be given a hard time in training
>get sent out to fight in the swamps around Leningrad
>get promoted for valor and capability
>shits only getting better to get worse
>Battle of Narva
>survive (possible photo op with
Otto Carius)
>Tanneberg line
>get cut of from the rest off the unit after fierce fighting, buddies are dead
>on your own man a 3 man gun and take out 7-11 tanks including a IS-2
>gets wounded during the fighting
>found the next day as a local counter attack happens
>unconscious on the verge of death
>get med evaced
you could cut off here with some sad looks as the hills get shelled again and he knows his mates are getting killed. Or keep going.
>Recovers from his wounds and returns to the fight
>fight in several more battles including the battle of the Oder
>shits not going good at all
>surrender to the allies
>stand trail for treason to a country that treated you like shit
>get send to life in jail
>get out
>want your battle buddies to get out as well so you protest for them
>get beaten up again
>cops beat you up
>sent to jail
>finally leave the land you love and the country you hate to go live the rest of your life in peace
>finnish with him dying of old age

won't ever happen because "all SS men where evil baby killing jew burners that tortured perfectly peacefull slavs"
Alcibiade (Sweet sweet comedy, boy-pootang and treason, plus huge battle scene and charisma)

Friedriech II Hohenstaufen (the pure awesomeness made ruler)

Philip "kekmachine" IV Le Bel
>Lord Byron

Fuck yeah.
But it may come out a bit bland in a biopic, the sheer awesomeness of the guy comes from how bigger than real life he was.
>raised by the pope
>fucks every one's shit up to his way back to the emperor throne

>gets excommunicated

>promises to go on a crusade
>after two years of not sending troops, pope gets angry
>he goes when he is no longer expected to
>befriends the sultan Al-Kamil
>gets crowned "king of Jerusalem" for pure keks
>comes back triumphantly
>years later, speaks arab and invites based Averroës to his court

The guy's insolenty successes are wonderful
Fought for America during the Revolutionary war
Fought against the fucking Russians in Poland
Was friends with Ben Franklin and Jefferson
Designed West Point
Left his American estate for the benefit of education and freedom of black slaves
>Left his American estate for the benefit of education and freedom of black slaves

Also, Jefferson made sure the will was never executed.
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