I am a Stuart girl, and love Charles II, but who doesn’t?
My other history crush is his dad, Charles I. Why? I can’t explain it. After reading about his upbringing as the sickly second child of a Scottish King, living in the shadow of his brother and having a lot to overcome to become the King of England, I think I felt bad for him. He liked to assert himself because he was insecure. He sometimes was pretty arrogant, but I think that was to hide his insecurities and feeling of inadequacy. To hear of his love for his wife which grew and built up is quite sweet despite the way it started.
Basically, I like him. I like learning about him, and whether or not he was very wrong in what he believed, I always feel bad about his death at the roundheads’ hands.
The beautiful José Antonio Mexia–Mexican army officer, politician, and diplomat.
Aligned with the Federalist faction, he rebelled against Santa Anna’s assumption of dictatorial powers in 1834. While exiled to the U.S. he raised volunteers for a disastrous and ineffective attack on Tampico in 1835. He and the expedition’s survivors escaped to Texas (by then also at war with Santa Anna’s govermment), and thence to the U.S. But bless his heart, he just couldn’t give up. He joined Gen. José Urrea’s Federalist rising in 1839, and his luck finally ran out. Mexia was captured at the battle of Acajete and immediately executed on Santa Anna’s orders.
I have such a great admiration for Bertha Benz, business partner and wife of Karl Benz. This remarkable woman was a true pioneer and the first person to drive an automobile over a long distance, in 1888. This vehicle was the Benz Patent Motorwagen, considered to be the world’s first production automobile. During the trip, she used her hat pin to clear a blocked fuel line and a garter as insulation material! A tireless supporter of her husband’s inventions, she also used part of her dowry to invest in his iron company, before they were married. After she married, according to German law, Bertha lost her legal power to act as an investor.
In 2008, the 121-mile long Bertha Benz Memorial Route opened, tracing her original journey. We take cars for granted these days and indeed, some might say the car has done as much harm as it’s done good. However Bertha’s work changed history and at a time when few women’s efforts were recognised. She died in 1944 aged 95, having outlived her husband by 15 years.
Alain Fabien Maurice Marcel Delon ( 1935- ) is a French actor and businessman. He became really famous and a sex symbol in the 1960’s, starring in many hit movies. I mean, look at his eyes. No wonder why he was a sex symbol.
Princess Niloufer (Princess Begum Sahiba Niloufer Khanum Sultana Farhat of Hyderabad, January 4, 1916 – June 12, 1989) was the last princesses of the Ottoman Empire. At the age of 16 she married the second son of the monarch of the Hyderabad State, and moved to India. She was known for her exquisite beauty and she enjoyed a very glittering lifestyle. Niloufer came to be appreciated for her modernity, as no other women in the royal family of Hyderabad had ever gone outside unveiled or attended cocktail parties and even official public events. Niloufer is also known for founding Niloufer Hospital, hospital targeted for children and women, in Hyderabad, India. She was also trained as a nurse and helped in relief efforts in Hyderabad during WWII. Princess Niloufer and her spouse divorced after 21 years of marriage and Niloufer moved to France, where the Ottoman family had settled after their exile from Turkey. There she maintained her active social life and remarried. Princess Niloufer is my history crush, not only because of her modernity and charity work, but especially because she had this lovely twinkle in her eye! ✩
Prince Yi Wu of Korea refused to marry a Japanese woman in protest of the growing Japanese imperialism. He is one of many heroes of Korea that symbolically resisted Japanese tyranny. A righteous man he was indeed.
This guy is Martin Tranmæl, a Norwegian radical socialist politician, who was born in 1879. Through his life he changed from moderate socialist stances to communism but his anti-Nazi actions during World War II and his support for Norway’s membership in NATO make him a very likeable person. He’s very hot in this picture
Major John Andre, head of British Secret Service during the American War of Independence. He was executed for espionage by the American Continental Congress in 1780 for his assistance in Benedict Arnold’s attempted surrender of West Point to the British.