Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.

Why do we study history?

We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.

What is a period drama?

A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.

What is historical fiction?

A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.

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Rosa Parks
Set of illustrations of Rosa Parks in various poses measured with overall height

Rosa Parks was born in Alabama in 1913. She became involved with the civil rights movement, joining the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943. In December 1955, she boarded a bus in downtown Montgomery, and refused to give up her seat to a white person onboard. She was arrested. Her actions instigated the Montgomery Bus Boycott, a seminal event in the civil rights movement. This eventually led to a United States Supreme Court decision that declared the Alabama and Montgomery laws that segregated buses were unconstitutional. Rosa Parks remained politically active until her death in 2005.

Rosa Parks was 5 foot 3 inches (1.60 m) tall.

Rosa Parks was born in Alabama in 1913 and became involved with the civil rights movement. In December 1955, she boarded a bus in downtown Montgomery, and refused to give up her seat to a white person onboard. She was arrested, but her actions were a seminal event in the civil rights movement.

Rosa Parks was 5 foot 3 inches (1.60 m) tall.

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Birthday: February 4, 1913

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John F. Kennedy (JFK)
Series of illustrations of John F Kennedy in assorted poses with overall height measurement

John F. Kennedy, often known as JFK, was an American Politician who served as 35th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1917 in Boston, to the prominent Kennedy family. He became involved in politics in 1947, and was sworn in as President in 1961. JFK’s Presidency was known for his involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis, his Civil Rights Advocacy, and of course, his affair with actress Marilyn Monroe. JFK was married to Jaqueline Bouvier, who became well known in her own right for her elegant style and involvement in the arts. She was with her husband when he was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, whilst traveling in a Presidential motorcade.

John F. Kennedy was 6 foot (1.83 m) tall.

John F. Kennedy, often known as JFK, was an American Politician who served as 35th President of the United States of America. He was born in 1917 in Boston, to the prominent Kennedy family. He became involved in politics in 1947, and was sworn in as President in 1961.

John F. Kennedy was 6 foot (1.83 m) tall.

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35th President

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Clark Gable
Set of illustrations of Clark Gable in various poses measured with overall height

Clark Gable was a famous Hollywood film actor. He was born in 1901 in Ohio and served in the military during the Second World War.  He was dubbed ‘The King of Hollywood’ due to his appearance in a great number of popular films. One of his most famous roles was as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, a Civil War epic, where he starred opposite Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara. His most famous line has become immortalized in cinematic history. As he leaves Scarlett for the last time, he responds to her pleading, by uttering the words: ‘frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn’.

Clark Gable was 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Clark Gable was a famous Hollywood film actor. He was dubbed ‘The King of Hollywood’ due to his appearance in a great number of popular films. One of his most famous roles was as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, a Civil War epic, where he starred opposite Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

Clark Gable was 6 foot 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

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February 1, 1901

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Clark Gable front, side, front (casual)

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Coco Chanel
Set of illustrations of Coco Chanel in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 and is a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the founder of the famous fashion brand, Chanel. She is given credit for removing the corset silhouette after World War I, and providing a casual feminine style for women. Coco Chanel developed designs beyond clothing and also created jewelry, handbags, and fragrances. Chanel was placed in Time Magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of the 20th century. She designed the double-c logo that is synonymous of the Chanel brand. Coco Chanel died on January 10, 1971 at the age of 87.

Coco Chanel had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Coco Chanel, Gabrielle Bonheur ‘Coco’ Chanel, was born on August 19, 1883 and is a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She is the founder of the famous fashion brand, Chanel. She is given credit for removing the corset silhouette after World War I, and providing a casual feminine style.

Coco Chanel had a height of 5’5” (1.65 m).

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Died: January 10, 1971

Birthday
August 19, 1883

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Coco Chanel front, side, side (walking)

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Le Corbusier
Set of illustrations of Le Corbusier in various poses dimensioned with overall height

Le Corbusier had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Drawings of Le Corbusier in a range of casual poses from standing to sitting

Le Corbusier had a height of 5’8” (1.73 m).

Drawings of Le Corbusier in a range of casual poses from standing to sitting
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Death: August 27, 1965 (aged 77)

Birthday
October 6, 1887

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