To be honest I think only the number 1 in this list would be my fav historical figure, but the other ones are people I admire and respect a lot.
1. Emperor Dom Pedro II of Brazil
The 2nd and last Emperor of Brazil. A man respected even by his enemies, known for his magnanimity, humility and love of science. An anedocte says that French politicians, at his funeral, said that if they had a Pedro II they wouldnt have needed a republic. What is there to not love about him?
2. Cyrus the Great
The founder of one of the most tolerant and powerful empires to have ever existed. Cyrus is the only non-Jew to be called “Messiah” in the Bible. I guess this already speaks enough about him.
3. King Dom Dinis I of Portugal
Probably the greatest king Portugal has. Alfonso Henriques conquered a kingdom, but D. Dinis made the kingdom. He defined Portugal’s borders, instituted Portuguese as the language of the court, founded the University of Coimbra and gave exile to Templars (thus also gaining their knowledge, treasure and ships). Plus he wrote some dank songs.
4. Nuno Álvares Pereira, Constable of Portugal
Other lusophon personality. Nuno was a true example of chivalry, being pious, chaste (he even wanted to remain virgin for his whole life, but his father forced him into marriage) and humble. After he defeated the Castillians, keeping Portugal independent, he went to live in an abbey. He could be a work of fiction, but he was real!
5. Baldwin IV of Jerusalem
The Holy Leper King! Against all odds - his young age, sickness, Saladin - Baldwin IV was an example of good rule in his short life. I wonder if Jerusalem could’ve survived a little bit more if he had a softer form of leper, or no sickness at all.