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Sep 21 2013 5:00pm

Poll: Who is Your Favorite Historical Hero?

We see you smiling there, Darcy!We know Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester will always hold a special place in your heart. However, these two historical heroes were actually contemporary heroes at the time of publication, but have gone on to inspire many historical heroes since 1847. With this in mind, we'd like to know in our Saturday poll, who is your favorite historical hero? We've brought up some heroes who have been list in the Top 10 Romances like Christian Langland, Duke of Jerveaux from Laura Kinsale's Flowers from the Storm and other genre favorite's like The Lord of Scoundrels, Dane, and a hero for those who are Craving Craven. Let us know!

Who is Your Favorite Historical Hero?
  
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14 comments
Kareni
1. Kareni
While I like many of the choices listed in the poll, I'd vote for Lord
Ian Mackenzie from Jennifer Ashley's The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.
Kmac
2. Kmac
Francis Crawford from Dorothy Dunnett's Lymond Chronicles. He's wonderful!
Kmac
3. Megaera
I love both Anthony Bridgerton and Dain from Lord of Scoundrels, but I have to say my favorites are Colin Bridgerton and Dorian from The Mad Earl's Bride.
Desdemona
4. Desdecar
I love you for putting my all-time favorite in the poll - Harry Braxton! Piers is a runner up too.
romance reader
5. bookstorecat
You know, the first character to come to mind was Colin Bridgerton, but I have much love for Ian Mackenzie, too.
Kmac
6. Maddie Grove
Kit from Mary Balogh's A Summer to Remember. If I had to pick someone named in the poll, though, I'd go with Jerveaux.

I actually like Gregory best of all the Bridgertons, male or female, and either Sir Harry Valentine or Sebastian Grey best of all her heroes. As for Elizabeth Hoyt, my favorite of her heroes is either Harry from The Leopard Prince or Jasper from To Seduce a Sinner.
Kmac
7. Nuha
Definitely James Durham from Meredith Duran's Bound By Your Touch. There is something to be said about a man who can love so certainly, so absolutely, that he's been burned out by the pain of it. (A caveat, though: he only really gets interesting when Lydia takes him by the figurative collar and shakes some sense into him.)

A close second would be Robert Blaisdell from The Duchess War by Courtney Milan. An aristocratic hero who grasps that he has oodles of class and gender privelege? And he actively seeks to address the wrongs society commits against those who don't have that privelege? A virgin? Be still my heart!

(Colin Bridgerton is really very excellent in every book but his, in which he's kind of a wet blanket. Sebastian Grey is the best, best, best Julia Quinn hero by far, imho.)
Kmac
8. Lauren B
Colin Bridgerton from Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn. Although Anthony comes in a close second :0)
Myretta Robens
9. Myretta
As much as I love Harry Braxton, my heart belongs to Rupert Carsington from Loretta Chase's Mr. Impossible.
Lege Artis
10. LegeArtis
Ok, this is the hardest poll yet. I love them all...
I'll go with Derek Craven, but Rupert Carsington and Smite Turner are not far behind.
Kmac
11. Michelle H..
My favorite will always be Sebastian St. Vincent from Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Winter.
Kmac
12. Dee Lancaster
I'm partial to Captain Christopher Phelan from Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas. And Cormac McGrady from Adella's Enemy by Jacqui Nelson - Celtic hero in the wild west
Kmac
13. Female Scriblerian
The two who always stick in my mind are:

Sherry, from Friday's Child- because he is one of those rare heros who makes mistakes, learns from them, and grows into a better character as the book goes on.

and

Freddy from Cotillion- because he just seems lovely!

(Can you tell I'm a Georgette Heyer fan?)
Kmac
14. Witchgirl
ANY of Jill Barnett's gents, but especially Alec Castlemaine, Duke of Belmore from Bewitching. Such a pity she doesn't write anymore :(
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