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Hunks in History

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Misfit
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Hunks in History

Postby Misfit » Mon September 8th, 2008, 12:10 pm

Who are the men in your historical novels that make you swoon?

  • Jamie Fraser from the Outlander Series (DUH!)
  • William Marshal The Greatest Knight
  • John Fitzgilbert A Place Beyond Courage
  • Llewelyn Fahr Here Be Dragons
  • Llewelyn The Last The Reckoning

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Postby lindymc » Mon September 8th, 2008, 12:37 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Who are the men in your historical novels that make you swoon?

  • Jamie Fraser from the Outlander Series (DUH!)
  • William Marshal The Greatest Knight
  • John Fitzgilbert A Place Beyond Courage
  • Llewelyn Fahr Here Be Dragons
  • Llewelyn The Last The Reckoning


Misfit, I agree completely with your 5 choices, and would only add Rhett Butler. Don't you think it is interesting that of your five choices, four of them were real persons??

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Telynor
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Postby Telynor » Mon September 8th, 2008, 1:20 pm

Jofrey de Peyrac (from the Angelique novels)
William Marshal (I suspect that he's going to be on quite a few of these lists!)
Ian de Vipont (from the Roselynde novels)
Llewelyn Fawr (from Here be Dragons)
Fitzwilliam Darcy & Colonel Brandon (from JA's works)
Vicomte de Valmont (from Dangerous Liaisons) and his real life counterpart, the Duc de Richelieu

I know there's been other men who have made my toes curl, but I can't think of anyone right at the moment.

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Misfit
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Postby Misfit » Mon September 8th, 2008, 2:05 pm

Crap! I forgot Rhett Butler and Ian De Vipont! Shows me for posting so early in the morning. :) :p :o

Interesting indeed that four of them were the real thing.

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Postby MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon September 8th, 2008, 4:54 pm

I rather liked John can't-remember-his-last-name from Bristow's Jubilee Trail. But I think Rhett Butler was an idiot. If he wanted Scarlett to grow up, why did he indulge her so as to keep her a brat? Her character went seriously downhill under his influence.

Also liked Alex Randall from Shadow of the Moon.

I did like Jamie from Outlander, but haven't got around to the rest of the series yet.

This isn't HF, but I always had a thing for Faramir in Lord of the Rings. Way more interesting than Aragorn, although the movie did a lot to humanize that character.
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Vanessa
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Postby Vanessa » Mon September 8th, 2008, 5:27 pm

Funnily enough, the first book character I fell in love with was Aragorn in Lord of the Rings! Viggo Mortensen who plays him in the film does a good job, but he doesn't look so attractive in other films which I've seen him in. Mind you, if you're talking about the film, Sean Bean wins hands down with me! :D :D

From the books I've read recently, it has to be Jamie Fraser!! For some reason his character stays with me long after I've finished the book. I've got A Breath of Snow and Ashes to read and have the next one on pre-order (I've got a long wait, I know!!). Mr Darcy in Pride & Prejudice was always a favourite, too. And John Dexter in Noel Barber's Tanamera, a favourite book of mine.
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Postby Leyland » Mon September 8th, 2008, 5:28 pm

Three 'hunks' that spring to mind are the following:

Luke Ansell from Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow

Alexander Solarin from The Eight by Katherine Neville

Ranulf Fitzwilliam from Jerusalem by Cecelia Holland
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Postby SonjaMarie » Mon September 8th, 2008, 5:29 pm

John de Gael from "Kathryn In the Court of Six Queens" by Anne Merton Abbey.

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Postby LoveHistory » Mon September 8th, 2008, 6:06 pm

Henry Tilney! I just love him! He's so wonderful! *sigh*

Oh, and I love Mr. Knightley, but only as played by Jeremy Northam. I'm sure there are others, but those are the first to come to mind.

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Postby diamondlil » Mon September 8th, 2008, 8:31 pm

"Misfit" wrote:Who are the men in your historical novels that make you swoon?

  • Jamie Fraser from the Outlander Series (DUH!)
  • William Marshal The Greatest Knight
  • John Fitzgilbert A Place Beyond Courage
  • Llewelyn Fahr Here Be Dragons
  • Llewelyn The Last The Reckoning


That list will pretty much do me! Although I would definitely add John Thornton as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the mini-series North and South.
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