hot men in history

William Pitt the Younger (1759-1806)

I knew I couldn’t keep the fact that I was a Pittite a secret for long, and I don’t know why I even tried. William Pitt the Younger is so hot you can fry eggs on those rosy cheeks. Here’s some of the reasons I would skip the second ministry and get on to second base:

1) Became Prime Minister of Great Britain at the ripe young age of 24. What have you done with your life?

2) His ideas were so influential that the group known as the Pittites (his proteges) carried out his methods way after his death. Hey, you know you’re good when…

3) His proteges included Lord Castlereagh (another hottie), Liverpool, Canning, Perceval, etc. With them, he raised a new generation of capable administrators.  He certainly had an eye for talent and the future. ;)

4) Never married and had no social ambitions, didn’t even want a title. I appreciate a modest repressed man when I see one.

5) His hostess was Lady Hester Stanhope, his niece, and she was so bamfy, I just cannot.

6) He was a forward thinking man who went after parliamentary reform, Catholic emancipation and abolition of the slave trade. Hey, even if he wasn’t successful, you gotta give the guy props for trying. And it all was done anyway by his successors, so he wins in the end.

Another Georgian update for your Jane Austen hearts. I’d rather hoped you would submit some hotties from different eras for us to drool over but since there is none, you all get to watch me rant about my Georgian politicians. There’s just something about wigs and Whigs that just makes me feel faint.

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Zhou Enlai (1898 – 1976)

In honour of achieving the 50 follower mark, I thought I’d delight you all with a new post. And lest you think I’m all going Euro-centric on you, here’s one of the brothers of communism that would make me embrace Marx in more ways than one.

And here’s the reasons why:

1) Advocated peaceful coexistence with the West after the Korean War and was instrumental in bringing about Nixon’s visit to China. Hey, you know I love me some men of peace.

2) Here’s what Kissinger had to say:

Mao dominated any gathering; Zhou suffused it. Mao’s passion strove to overwhelm opposition; Zhou’s intellect would seek to persuade or outmanoeuvre it. Mao was sardonic; Zhou penetrating.

Does the word ‘penetrating’ not sound utterly tantalizing? And I’m always fond of men who can outmanoeuvre.  

3) He survived the cultural revolution. Big props on that, especially when the idea of being alive was rather against the doctrine of the government.

4) Did a ton of revolutionary activities in France and Germany, travelling between the two places in the twenties. Just the idea of a handsome revolutionary in Paris in the twenties, working on his typewriter and drinking cheap wine? I mean, what more can you ask for?

5) That second picture with the silk robe and hat? Let me take that off with my teeth.

He probably also wore suspenders. SUSPENDERS.

Giuliano di Piero de’ Medici (1453-1478)

So here’s the second post of the blog and another tragic, sad young death. (Like I said, you’ll find many tragic deaths on this blog).

Young scion of the Medici clan, the most powerful family in Florence, he was raised like a prince. The more popular, good looking (of course) brother, he was the second half of the perfect family heirs and the younger brother of Lorenzo de’ Medici (later on to be known as Il Magnifico, the magnificent). . Poor sweet golden boy Giuliano got the shorter end of the deal, quite literally, when he was brutally murdered in the Pazzi Consiracy in 1478.

Here’s why Giuliano butters every nerdette’s parsnips:

1) Was a Medici. At one point the richest family in Europe. (Think Rothchild, but more classy). Boy was loaded.

2) Painted by Botticelli in many of his most famous works. He was the inspiration for Mercury in Primavera, Mars (above) for Venus and Mars and the kneeling Magi in Adoration of the Magi. So yes, two Roman gods and a Magi. That’s practically the modern day equivalent of a Times magazine cover.

3) Lover of Simonetta Vespucci, shown to be Venus in many of Botticelli’s paintings, such as Venus and Mars (above), Birth of Venus etc. She was so beautiful that Botticelli was never able to paint another woman after her and he was buried at her feet. Oh yes, Giuliano tapped that.

4) Father of Pope Clement VII, the English Reformation, Sack of Rome guy, who was technically illegitimate. Loopholes!

5) Murdered violently in a Cathedral as part of a conspiracy. At Easter. Stabbed 19 times. He was so badass they had to stab him 19 times to make sure he was really dead.

His portrait and bust are both in the Washington National Gallery of Art, which I was at this winter. I spent hours in front of his bust.

Oh Giuliano. Why so fine?

Horatio Nelson (1758-1805)

This man. I’m sure you’ve heard of him. He’s a British national hero who won various naval battles, the most notable of which being Trafalgar. He’s extremely talented, brave and just overall beautiful. Horatio Nelson, at 19 (see above picture) was gorgeous. Look at him. Look at that hat. Look at that wig. Just, hnnghhhhh. Take me now, Nelson, bb. 

Here’s why I would be his other arm in more ways than one:

1. Was a brilliant naval captain despite his chronic seasickness. YOU try defeating the Frenchies while puking your eyes out.

2. Lost an arm and an eye in warfare. Battle scars aresexy

3. Had one of the best last words ever. Most heterosexual last words on the planet, just saying. Later Victorians tried to censor it because, men kissing men? Impossible. Damn those Victorians. Who could resist Nelson’s “Kiss me Hardy”? Going out in style. And Hardy did, twice. I’m jealous already. 

4. Had a long affair with Emma Hamilton. If I was inclined to blog about sexy ladies, she’d be one of them. That girl had it going on. Threesome!

5. Was interested in the sciences even during his captaincy. Took detailed notes of the wildlife at the Caicos islands. Both brains and brawn. I approve.

 So there you go. A short update after too long a time. I’m sorry that I’m focusing on these two eras but these are the ones I study so I’m more exposed to the hotties. Submissions are welcome!