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Started by surferboogiewhatever on Mar 31, 2021 7:01:39 PM
If a doctor could go back in time and save the life of one person in history who died young...

1. who would you like it to be?

2. who do you think would make the biggest, or most interesting, difference to the course of history?

(They don't get to live for ever, but they get to live to a ripe old age.)

surferboogiewhatever - 31 Mar 2021 19:03:47 (#1 of 73)

1. My first thought is Mozart - what would his "late period" have been like?

2. For English history, Henry, Duke of Cornwall, would be rather interesting.

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limegreen - 31 Mar 2021 19:07:38 (#3 of 73)

Arthur. Henry VIII's older brother who should have been king. No divorce from Catherine of Aragon, how would the Reformation have played out?

AlanII - 31 Mar 2021 19:07:42 (#4 of 73)

There are so many. I'd love to know where Jimi Hendrix would have gone.

TableTopJoe - 31 Mar 2021 19:09:55 (#5 of 73)

John Smith

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Tadagee - 31 Mar 2021 19:12:23 (#7 of 73)

Arthur. Henry VIII's older brother who should have been king. No divorce from Catherine of Aragon, how would the Reformation have played out?

There's loads of those. The history of Britain would have likely been mighty different if William the son of Henry I hadn't died on the White Ship and the Normans hadn't consequently been succeeded by the Angevins.

surferboogiewhatever - 31 Mar 2021 19:13:07 (#8 of 73)


Ah, you nip it in the bud one generation earlier than me (I saved Henry's baby - see post 1) - your version may be even better, especially for Henry. He could have been a Prince Harry-like slightly rebellious, laddish figure and eventually married the woman he had the illegitimate son with. He'd probably still have ended up with the same health problems but he wouldn't have been able to cause so much damage with the ensuing mood swings etc.

Oh yes, John Smith's a good one.

champagnerocker - 31 Mar 2021 19:20:22 (#9 of 73)

IF we are going to nip these things in the bud we could have Edward the black prince living to a ripe old age avoiding the entire war of the roses.

darkhorse - 31 Mar 2021 19:38:53 (#10 of 73)

Alexander the Great died aged 32. Would be interesting if he could conquer THE WHOLE WORLD.

dreams99 - 31 Mar 2021 19:40:25 (#11 of 73)

Died at 26 from a condition that would certainly be treated nowadays. Had already made significant contributions to philosophy, mathematics snd economics:

limegreen - 31 Mar 2021 19:41:13 (#12 of 73)

Would it not still all fall apart, because who can control that much territory?

Dubris - 31 Mar 2021 19:45:49 (#13 of 73)

And even if the person who brings the territory together can, their heirs probably can't.

Arjuna - 31 Mar 2021 19:46:41 (#14 of 73)

Alexander the Great died aged 32

Jesus wasn't much older

Arjuna - 31 Mar 2021 19:47:44 (#15 of 73)

I would definitely save Jesus, it would have thrown a spanner in the works of Christianity if he had lived to a ripe old age.

darkhorse - 31 Mar 2021 19:49:14 (#16 of 73)

Perhaps the medic for mathematicians could also stem blood loss and save Galois.

blaithin - 31 Mar 2021 19:49:39 (#17 of 73)

Have none of you watched Dr Who? Dangerous business, messing with timelines.

Tomnoddy - 31 Mar 2021 19:49:41 (#18 of 73)

It would take more than a doctor to save Jesus, though.

bossab2 - 31 Mar 2021 19:49:42 (#19 of 73)

He'd have spent his last 20 years writing 'the official (TM) version of the New Testament

And probably sold the publishing rights for a good sum.

Arjuna - 31 Mar 2021 19:51:05 (#20 of 73)

the publishers would have told him it needed a better ending

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