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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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

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August 19, 1883

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Abraham Lincoln
Height illustration of Abraham Lincoln standing in various postures

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War, a time of moral, political and constitutional criss wherein thousands of people died. The North defeated the South, keeping the Union intact, and instigated the abolishment of slavery. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865, a Confederate spy, while attending a play at the Ford’s Theater in Washington D.C.

Abraham Lincoln was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky in 1809. Largely self-educated, he studied to become a lawyer and then rose through the ranks of local and state politics, becoming President in 1860. He led the Northern States through the American Civil War.

Abraham Lincoln was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

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Abraham Lincoln standing (formal), standing, presenting

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Malcolm X
Collection of drawings of Malcolm X measured with overall height

Malcolm X was an American muslim minister and human rights activist who became well known during the civil rights movement. In his youth, he was involved in petty crime but it was during his time in prison he became aware of the work of the Nation of Islam and subsequently joined their organization. He became the public face of the group during the civil rights movement. His ideas created controversy; he advocated for racial segregation and disagreed with Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent activist tactics. He was assassinated in 1965 by members of the Nation of Islam, whilst speaking at a rally in New York City. Mystery still clouds the reason for his murder. Malcolm X is considered one of the most influential Americans of all time.

Malcolm X was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

Malcolm X was an American muslim minister and human rights activist who became well known during the civil rights movement. His ideas created controversy; he advocated for racial segregation and disagreed with Martin Luther King Jr’s nonviolent activist tactics.

Malcolm X was 6 foot 4 inches (1.93 m) tall.

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Birthday: May 19, 1925

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Malcolm X talking (front), reading (front), praying (front)

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Elizabeth Taylor
Collection of drawings of Elizabeth Taylor in various poses measured with overall height

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most popular film stars of 1950s Hollywood. Born in London to American parents, she moved with her family in 1939 to Los Angeles. She began acting, and rose to fame in the films Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Suddenly Last Summer. She was offered $1 million dollars (a record for the time) to star in Cleopatra, opposite Richard Burton. They began an affair during filming, and subsequently married, divorced, married and divorced again. They are considered a great love story. Elizabeth Taylor was married seven times. She died, aged 79, in 2011 in California.

Elizabeth Taylor was 5 foot 2 inches (1.57 m) tall.

Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most popular film stars of 1950s Hollywood. She began acting, and rose to fame in the films Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Giant, and Suddenly Last Summer. She died, aged 79, in 2011 in California.

Elizabeth Taylor was 5 foot 2 inches (1.57 m) tall.

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Elizabeth Taylor front, posing (side), side (casual)

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Martin Luther King Jr.
Set of illustrations of Martin Luther King Jr. in various poses measured with overall height

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian minister and civil rights activist. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1929, and grew up witnessing the racial inequality present in society. He became a Christian Minister, and then a leader of the civil rights movement. He is known for his advocacy of nonviolent forms of civil disobedience. He helped organize the Selma to Montogomery marches, a series of three protests promoting voting rights for African-Americans. In 1964, Martin Luther King  Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work. He was assassinated in 1968 by James Earl Ray - there has been much speculation about FBI involvement in his death.

Martin Luther King Jr. was 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Christian minister and civil rights activist. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up witnessing the racial inequality present in society. He is known for his advocacy of nonviolent forms of civil disobedience.

Martin Luther King Jr. was 5 foot 7 inches (1.70 m) tall.

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Birthday: January 15, 1929

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