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Five Romantic Men From History (That Should Have A Miniseries)

Abelard and his Pupil Heloise by Edmund Blair Leighton. Romantic men in history
Abelard and his Pupil Heloise by Edmund Blair Leighton.

Although men have occupied a predominant place in history, there are still many romantic men that need a place in the spotlight. Separate from the amazing historical women list, I shifted the focus on this list to a more romantic hero angle. The figures on this list did many amazing things for love or were a bit lovelorn. In fact, these men are legendary for the size of their hearts. No doubt, a miniseries featuring their lives is well overdue. Enjoy the list, readers!

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Five Romantic Men From History (That Should Have A Miniseries)

In no particular order…

#1 E.M. Forster
by Dora Carrington, oil on canvas, 1920

E.M. Forster wrote some of the most romantic books in history. The author of A Room with a View and Howard’s End had a passionate affair of his own when he was 51. However, due to the time period, he had to keep his affair secret since he was in love with another man. Still, his passion for Bob Buckingham gave him true happiness. And in an unusual turn of events, he was close to Bob and Bob’s wife May until his death. While tragic, his own story mimics that of his novels and would make a great miniseries.

#2 Shah Jahan
Payag, Shah Jahan on Horseback, Folio from the Shah Jahan Album ca. 1630, Metmuseum

Shah Jahan built the ultimate monument, the Taj Mahal, in honor of his lost love. The Shah’s love for Mumtaz Mahal, his third wife, was timeless. After a long engagement, the two married and had children. They loved and respected each other during their marriage. After her death, Shah Jahan was devastated. The Taj Mahal was his way of remembering her for the rest of his life.

#3 Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner and Cosima Wagner by Fritz Luckhardt

People know him for his epic musical composition – Flight of the Valkyries to name one – but his everlasting love for Cosima is less known in history. Unfortunately, Wagner was still married to his first wife when he met Cosima. However, like Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII, their relationship was an open secret for years. When they were finally married, Wagner had a full orchestra play at their wedding. Beethoven and Mozart both had films made about their lives and I think it’s Wagner’s turn.

#4 Peter Abelard
Abélard by Jules Cavelier. Stone, before 1853.

The forbidden romance of Abelard and Heloise was tragic but enduring. The young Heloise was the only female student of Abelard and her passion for knowledge drew them together. Eventually, the couple had a child and secretly wed – which ultimately led later to severe consequences. The two were parted and cruelly punished. However, time did not diminish their love for one another. A few love letters that detail their passion still survive.

#5 Frederick Douglass
Daguerreotype of Frederick Douglass by Samuel J. Miller

Through adversity and slavery, Frederick Douglass’s love for Anna Douglass knew no bounds. She helped him escape slavery and promote his abolitionist cause. And while Douglass’s career took him away from Anna, she was his true love. He wronged her at times, yet they never stopped loving each other. Their story is the perfect backdrop for a romantic miniseries.

Please share the romantic men from history you think need a miniseries!

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By on January 31st, 2017

About Mandi Harris

Mandi Harris is a freelance writer and blogger. If she isn't writing, she has her nose in a book. Books are her ultimate addiction. Her other weaknesses include period dramas, chocolate, and her pets. She is working on her own novels now and hopes to one day get published. You can read her book blog over at thepennedpiper.com.

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