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gender-bent male historical figures: because i can. | LUCY LIU as SIR ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (22 May, 1859 - 7 July, 1930), the scottish writer and physician, whose work marked the beginning of modern crime fiction and created one of the most iconic figures in western literature.

“Steel true, blade straight.“

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gender-bent male historical figures: because i can. | KRISTEN STEWART as LOUISE XIV (5 September 1638 - 1 September 1715), the sun queen of france, who consolidated the divine right of kings, who created a centralized absolute monarchy that would last until the french revolution.

“there is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.”

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gender-bent male historical figures: because i can. | NATALIE DORMER as HARRIET V (16 September, 1386 - 31 August, 1422), the legendary warrior queen who led her army into the heart of france, and conquered the nation through political acumen and military might by the age of 35.

“We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
for he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile;
This day shall gentle his condition, 
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon St Crispin’s day.“

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gender-bent male historical figures: because i can. | TILDA SWINTON as GAIA JULIA CAESAR (July 100 B.C. - 15 March 44 B.C.), the roman stateswoman and general whose military conquests stretched from asia minor to the english channel, who was proclaimed queen thrice, whose death ushered in an imperial age.

“He hath brought many captives home to Rome
Whose ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Caesar seem ambitious?
When that the poor have cried, Caesar hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And Brutus is an honourable man.
You all did see that on the Lupercal
I thrice presented him a kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Brutus says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.“

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gender-bent male historical figures: because i can. | GONG LI as QIN SHI HUANG (259 B.C. - 210 B.C.) , the king of qin in the warring states period, who became the first emperor of a united china; whose ruthless politics brought forth two thousand years of imperial rule.

“The reason why China suffers bitterly from endless wars is because of the existence of feudal lords and kings. A reliance on ancestral temples initially brought stability, but the revival of states results in the spread of soldiers. Doing so will never bring about stability!“