CONTEST! The Hotties of Yesteryear with Meredith Duran!

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Meredith Duran, author of Luck be a Lady and Lady be Good, is not only giving away free copies of her books, but introduces us to the (hot) gentlemen of the past!

“C’mon, they all had smallpox scars, right?”

So a friend once teased me, about my tendency to imagine nineteenth-century heroes who are gorgeous as well as brilliant and honorable.

Her remark floated through my mind a couple of weeks ago, at the Romance Writers of America conference in NYC. During the conference, many of us writers made our way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the John Singer Sargent exhibition. Sargent was a portraitist who moved in glamorous circles in the late nineteenth century. He vividly captured the faces—and personalities—of some of the most accomplished ladies and gentlemen in Belle Epoque Paris.

And as fellow historical romance novelist Rose Lerner pointed out to me, some of these gentlemen happened to be very, very hot.

Consider, for instance, Sargent’s portrait of Dr. Samuel-Jean Pozzi, which you can see here. Surely idealized, you might say. But a contemporary photograph of the doctor suggests that no rudimentary Photoshop was required.

Indeed, Dr. Pozzi’s charm was such that he apparently earned the nickname “The Love Doctor.” Ladies swooned when he passed.

Dr. Pozzi wasn’t just a pretty face, though. A surgeon who specialized in the study and advancement of gynecological health, he devoted his life to keeping women healthy. His end, however, was tragic: when he refused to undertake an operation that he knew would be futile, his enraged patient shot him in the chest.

Dying in defense of medical ethics seems perfectly heroic to me. Indeed, inspired by Dr. Pozzi, I hereby submit a reply to my friend who expressed skepticism about the hunks of yesteryear—a defense mounted in pictures:
Robert Cornelius (1809-1893) was an innovator of new photographic methods, who snapped the first selfie in human history (and really, how can we blame him?).
Allan Ramsey (1713-1784), Scottish portraitist, eloped with his drawing pupil, a girl of far better birth. The ensuing scandal—her family disowned her—did nothing to dim their happiness together over the next thirty years.
Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), later Viscount Nelson, was a self-made man, rising through the ranks of the navy to national fame before dying heroically at Trafalgar. You may know him from retellings of his dramatic courtship with Emma Hamilton—a scandal that kept gossip columnists very busy.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) was a Scottish physicist. As a schoolboy, he was bullied and mocked by his peers, who thought him a bumbling yokel. He showed them all, though—making profound and lasting contributions to our understanding of quantum mechanics that later earned the admiration of no less than Einstein.


Meredith has some hotties of her own in her lastest books Lady Be Good and Luck Be A Lady! To win a copy of both these titles, enter the sweeps below!

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61 comments so far

  1. If we’re talking Hollywood heroes in costume, we HAVE to mention Colin Firth as FitzWilliam Darcy! He killed that look; to this day, whenever I think of Pride and Prejudice, he comes to mind first.

  2. Clark Gable as GWTW’S Rhett Butler. If we’re talking portrayals of real-life heroes, how about Kevin Costner as Eliot Ness?

  3. Errol Flynn as Robin Hood!

  4. I also have to say Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind! I actually went to school with a guy named Rhett Butler lol.

    Yul Brenner in the King and I is pretty darn hot as well!

  5. Fredreeca

    They all look amazing…but I agree with Katie…Kevin Costner as Elliot Ness…ooooolala

  6. Abbydillon16

    Toby Stephens as Mr. Rochester is super hot, and I never thought of the character as attractive. He also makes an attractive Captain Flynt (Black Sails), although Flynt isn’t exactly a hero.

  7. Robert Mitchum

  8. Robert DeNiro was great in Cape Fear based on the book Executioners

  9. tresgrumpy

    Here for the drawing instructor tbh

  10. Clark Gable as Rhett Butler also has my vote. Gable was so dashing as the original bad boy, Rhett. And, that mischievous smirk when he first spied Scarlett let us know exactly what he was thinking. Teehee!

  11. Errol Flynn and Clark Gable wore period costumes well.

  12. Errol Flynn. Let’s forget about most–not all–of his “Wicked, Wicked Ways” and think of his “Golden Days on the Silver Screen”. Tall, handsome, athletic, loaded with natural charm and a voice that was the rich icing on the spice cake–the man could do costume drama like he was born in whatever era in which the film took place. He absolutely rocked the “Robin Hood Green”!!! No one has ever looked that good in green tights!!!

  13. Kevin Costner in either Dances with Wolves or Robin Hood, Daniel Day-Lewis in Last of the Mohicans, Russell Crowe in either Gladiator or Robin Hood. There are lot of hot actors in historical shows and movies. Way too many to really chose from. 🙂

  14. Colin Firth or Hugh Grant

  15. Gary Cooper as Colonel Clint Maroon in “Saratoga Trunk”. Book by Edna Ferber. Movie was made in 1945. Read the book! The movie is brilliant but hard to find. 🙂

  16. i dislike having to leave a comment because my mind goes blank and I just can’t think of a good answer.

    but if I had to I’d go with hugh jackman.

  17. bookbunny68

    Sean Connery from Highlander

  18. daewalker1

    There are so many great actors that were and are so sexy in period attire. Certainly for me, Sean Connery, Errol Flynn, Clark Gable and Hugh Jackman top my list. But I just can’t resist watching Kevin Costner, Sam Elliott, Colin Firth or John Wayne in just about anything. There is just a certain amount of charisma associated with all these actors that make them so believable in period pieces. And let’s not even talk about how yummy they look in the clothes!

  19. Jonathan Rys Meyers in The Tudors was to die for still miss that series

  20. Gregory Peck was one gorgeous hero. Sean Connery ,Jeffrey Hunter as Jesus, so beautiful. Love this giveaway. But don’ have twitter.
    Carol L
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  22. Colin Firth as Fitzwilliam Darcy – Hands down


    Love Jamie Fraser in Outlander!

  24. Gayle Cochrane

    I like Tom Hiddleston in historical costume, but he is a little modern. Maybe Sean Connery in a kilt is the all time hottest.

  25. marcellecole

    The Doctor is very swoon worthy…

  26. marcellecole

    As we are noting men of handsome visage Rock Hudson has a definite place on the list….

  27. cldegraaff

    Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy!

  28. featherlight

    I’d have to say Clark Gable as Rhett Butler!

  29. Orlando Bloom in pirates of the caribbean I love those movies and he is so hot

  30. I agree with Krista!
    “Yul Brenner in the King and I is pretty darn hot as well!”

  31. I think Hugh Jackman pulls off the look, his such a good actor he looks natural in any part.
    Theresa N

  32. Hugh Grant does a good job with period looks

  33. momof3boysj

    Colin Firth, Clark Gable, Richard Armitage, and Aiden Turner are all swoonworthy!

  34. mhillenbrand

    There are too many to pick the hottie of all time. However, I love Yul Brenner in any costume, Hugh Jackman, Adrian Paul, Sean Connery, Liam Neesam, Kirk Douglas, John Wayne, Colin O’Donoghue (Captain Hook from Once Upon A Time), Mel Gibson. I am sure there are many more if I had time to sit here and think of them! lol

  35. Not too many can beat Clark Gable in GWTW, but the actor (Sam Heughan? who plays Jamie Fraiser in Outlander is pretty damn gorgeous, too!

  36. What about Cary Grant? Or Russel Crowe as ship captains.

  37. barbed1951

    I’d go with Russell Crowe in Master and Commander – oh, and Ralph Fiennes in Shakespeare In Love.

  38. bambi_unbridled

    Clark Gable or Sam Heughan

  39. Diane Sallans

    Hugh Jackman – he looks fabulous in costume or out of it!

  40. infinitieh

    What makes it really hard to judge is the facial hair. I just can’t get into a guy with sideburns or weird mustaches. Still, my vote goes to Colin Firth an Horatio Nelson.

  41. dragnfiend

    Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Outlander is pretty sexy

  42. susanbeamon

    Colin Firth, just perfect.

  43. Gerard butler got me in newer movies such as 300 but I think Johnny Depp has a strong hold on these type of characters.

  44. jerrybruce50

    There is so many to choose from. From the older movies would be Errol Flynn to the new and that would be Jamie Fraser. Thank you for the contest and a chance to win.

  45. Tom Hiddleston!

  46. MarthaBerg

    Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and
    Jamie Fraser from Outlander

  47. Antonia Banderas

  48. So Many to choose from. One would be Rhett Butler in Gone with The Wind.

  49. Antonio Banderas as Zorro.

  50. Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans – makes me swoon every time.

  51. SKlocinski

    Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) in gone with the wind

  52. I’m going along with Clark Gable as Rhett Butler.

  53. Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby.

  54. csteyer88

    Gotta go with Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold. Couldn’t begin to tell you how many times I’ve watched that movie!!

  55. saturdaynightfever

    Paul Newman as anyone in anything.

  56. Kevin Costner as Robin Hood

  57. versatileer

    Elvis and Erroll Flynn are some examples of great historical heroes in costume and the best that Hollywood has ever seen. – Jerry Marquardt

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