We all have crushes at some point in our lives (ahh...high school) but on historical people? On people that have been dead for hundreds of years in many cases? Could it be true? Oh yeah...its true alright. What is it about some of these long ago people that just pull us in? Here are my historical crushes and the reasons I could come up with explaining why they're on this list!
Richard III - Yes, I know so many things have portrayed him as a horrible, evil, deformed, nephew killing king but I personally don't believe he was that bad. I've read many, many (many) books on the man and I've come to the conclusion he was probably somewhere in between and that was probably on par for the way most men were in that era. Why the crush? It kinda grew on me actually. I just really (really, really) like the man and think he's gotten a really bad rap throughout history.
Edward the Black Prince - He seems like such a chivalric guy, right out of a medieval romance. I really loved Karen Harper's The First Princess of Wales that is about him and his wife Joan of Kent. I'm not sure how accurate that love story is but it sure made my little heart do a leap every now and then!
William Marshal - How can a girl NOT crush on this guy after reading Elizabeth Chadwick's wonderful The Greatest Knight? He is THE knight any lady would want rescuing her from distress and playing all the games of courtly love. I tell ya, the last few chapters that cover the relationship between William and his young wife were just wonderful! What a great guy!
John of Gaunt - Read Anya Seton's book about his mistress Katherine Swynford and then tell me that you're not a little bit swept off your feet by the man! What a great (and TRUE) love story. He loved Katherine, supported her and their children, and eventually married her despite the fact that other ladies at court thought she was beneath him. True love conquers all?
Llewellyn - The last true Prince of Wales will steal your heart when he's still a small boy and it will just grow from there. Always something sexy about a man who will stand up the King of England.
So the question of the day is...who is YOUR historical crush??