June 22nd, 2012

Italy,1600s, two scholarly characters

Hello, it's my first post here.

Setting: Padua, year 1602
The genre is historical fantasy, but the history part has probably more weight than the fantasy

(Edited to make it sightly less confusing)
I have a character who was from a noble danish family, became a relatively prominent scholar in several fields (particularly philosophy and medicine) by the time he was 26, then (due to the plot), he pretty much disappeared for about 10 years (wandering and breaking contact with everyone) and then decided to try settling with his illegitimate toddler daughter in Padua. He knows little of the language (he's fluent in latin at least) but during those travels he did befriend two guys from a quite noble and wealthy family willing to help him and his daughter as much as they could.
Between arriving to Padua and the start of the story, about 10 years pass, both of those friends died.
He's overprotective of his daughter and really wishes she could marry to a young noble related to those friends he had (about 6 years older than the girl). He's constantly helping his potential son-in-law with stuff, yet it still seems that she obviously belongs to a different social circle.

Questions: How could I make the transition, from being completely unknown and depending almost entirely on his friends to become somewhat respectable and known in social circles (specifically, which jobs would make sense for him, at different stages of settling)? And what should he do to help his daughter get somewhat accepted in high society?

The other character is a priest. He's about 28 years old and very involved in academia. He was the youngest of a big noble family. He has many, very diverse friends, though he tends to get over excited about science and social changes, which earns him enemies.

Questions: How much freedom would a priest like him have in this setting? As in, to travel, visit friends and such? How about responsabilities? Would it be acceptable to make him have conversations with women and children often?

I wasn't too sure about what to search, I did google several terms related to life as a priest in the renaissance but I couldn't gather much that would help me
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How would a doctor help a heart attack victim?

Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Setting: Current-day London
Search used: "What to do if someone has a heart attack" (and similar phrasing) on WebMD, Google, and Wikipedia.

I'm writing a story in which DI Greg Lestrade has a heart attack, and Dr. John Watson (an experienced medical doctor) takes care of him until the paramedics arrive. What sorts of things might he do? I imagine he'd have him lay down, but what else? Elevate his feet? Get him aspirin (or the UK equivalent)?

Also, two other doctors (Molly Hooper [a coroner] and Mike Stamford [a friend of John's from med school]) are present.

All my searches either talked about how to ID if you yourself are having a heart attack, or went straight to, "give them CPR if they stop breathing". But isn't it possible that he'd stay conscious? And if so, what then?

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Useful site - Badass of the week

I came across this site more or less by chance, it mostly describes real people including famous soldiers, adventurers, etc. who have basically kicked ass and taken names under ridiculously dangerous circumstances, and otherwise lived weird dangerous lives. You probably wouldn't want to base a character too closely on any one entry, but they show just how extreme it's possible to be, and that truth is often considerably stranger than fiction.


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I really have no idea how to tag this, I've gone with the military tags and other historical, but there are simply too many other areas covered on the site.