Congratulations, you an aspiring newly graduated chrono-historian has just been awarded one of the few spots on the new time-mind transferro device program.
You can pick an era and location and you get to experience/control the consciousness of an individual in the past. Theres a few gotchas:
•You are inside the persons mind and experience everything they experience for a period of a year. It appears (from other peoples experiences) that you are controlling their actions, but really the scientists who invented the time-mind-transferro-device aren’t too sure if that’s an illusion or not. You may well be just a “ghost rider” who thinks he’s controlling the body… anyway the illusion of control stops you going mad…
•You don’t have your own memories while in their mind, you don’t remember anything about future technology, where you came from etc. You inherit your host bodies memories and can speak the languages they speak, have all their skills etc.
•if they die you jump back to your own mind.
•No picking anyone super famous, since we’re not really sure if you are controlling them or not we don’t want to risk changing history too much. You can be minor nobility / hangers on on the fringes of a famous event but not a major player.
• one shot at it only
When you return you write it all up as an academic essay for posterity.
When / where do you pick and why?