If you’re expecting to read about Lord Byron, Helen of Troy, Cleopatra and other famous lookers, you’ve come to the wrong place. That’s not the purpose of this blog.
At Historical Hotties we have a much broader definition of what is hot. Each week we post a little something about an historical figure we consider a hottie, and for us this depends on a lot more than that person’s physical attributes. In fact, it may have nothing to do with appearance at all. As students of history committed to questioning historical tropes, we think that rebels, intellectuals, artists, advocates and rabble-rousers who challenge the status quo are hotties. It’s our aim to tip our hats to the figures we encounter in our studies who haven’t been acknowledged in the kinds of histories that tend to dominate popular media and consciousness.
Some of those who appear here you’ll recognise. Others you won’t. Either way, we hope you’ll learn something new about those who resisted, subverted or openly flouted the repressive norms of their historical times and places.
We hope that you enjoy learning about these people, and especially about why we consider them Historical Hotties.