Being the ruler of France in Versailles is tough. I need to get some new ideas on how to rule the nation.
Maria could you be my Principal Minister until Cardinal Richelieu comes back?
I suppose so, because women can do the same thing as men can do.
I believe in a Domestic Policy, and since you can make decisions for the nation, I consider you a good ruler, and hopefully you will choose a Domestic Policy as our nations form of government.
What government do you feel would be best Maria Theresa?
What if the subjects question me?
I feel that you should take the subject's opinions and try to make changes suitable to them, but its ok if you can't every time
One change I agree with is the Edict of Nantes, hopefully you too will approve of that law Beethoven?
Yes i do approve of this because us Catholics are granted substantial rights in our nation. By this I am able to express myself in the society.
What do you feel about the nature of man?
The idea of universal freedom, equality, and the brotherhood of man was one that I cherished.
What would you want a painter to show on canvas?
The man and the artist himself should be shown on the canvas.
How do you use enlightenment in your music I must ask?
My music went beyond personal intelligence.
That was a very entertaining discussion Beethoven, thank you for your opinion towards today's society that I rule.
I'm sorry I couldnt hear half of that discussion since I'm deaf in one ear, but youre very welcome.
Jean Jacques Rosseau, nice to meet you. I'm trying to get ideas from my subjects about how I should rule my nation. How do you feel about the nature of man?
I feel that humans should depend on one another.
What type of government do you think would be best for our nation?
I feel that a Democratic Republic would be best to promote reason.
Why do you think change and progress are good things?
Change and process are good things because they are better in important aspects of social existance
Why do you feel man should question authority?
Man should question authority because most conclude that conventions form the basis of all legitimate authority among men.
Hello Elisabeth , Princess of Bohemia. What do you feel about the nature of man?
I believe that it is impossible for the mind to influence the unthinking body.
What is the best kind of ruler?
I feel the best kind of ruler would be a ruler who was a good counsel and would depend on trust advisors heavily.
What is the one area in which women's situation improved during the Enlightenment?
Women were able to get better jobs and help their family stay healthier and we had more rights..
How were women treated during the Enlightenment?
Women werent as well known and respected as of men. But we were in fact smarter and stronger than some men.
What do you feel the nature of man is Franscisco de Goya?
I feel that everyone should try to find their own destinies.
What is the role of art in the society?
Artists should demonstrate what society is like during that period of timethat they live in, socially and religiously.
What should a painter try to show on canvas?
A painter should display freedom in his choice of subject matter.
How do you feel artists reflected their Enlightenment ideas in their art?
They played a direct role in supporting public consideration of these momentous changes.
What is the nature of man to you Miguel de Cervantes?
I believe that no man was born wise and we have to learn from our mistakes.
What kinds of things should an author try to reveal in his works?
They should reveal the character's thoughts and feelings, and the different plots and settings.
What do you feel good rulers are like?
They should have a good understanding of how to run the government and they should be honest to the people of their nation
Final question Miguel. Describe the role that authors should play in society.
They should be a sort of role model in the society. Many people think of me as a heroin the society, so thats how most authors should be seen in the society.
I really need to take all of their opinions into consideration so I can make changes that will appeal to my subjects.