I Googled Handsome men in history. What did my search yield? Photos of Paul Newman and Tom Cruise. After I puked, I did my own excavation and came up with a better selection.
Perhaps these guys aren't all hunks, but most of them are easy on the eyes.
I'll start with a couple of criminals.
Lewis Thornton Powell (1844-1865)
One of the conspirators to kill President Lincoln. He also attempted to assassinate Secretary of State William Seward.
Powell was hanged in 1865, age 21.
Bad boys are very intriguing, and this hunk is hot enough to warrant two photos (at least....)
Robert Leroy Parker
better known as Butch Cassidy. Train robber, bank robber, leader of the Wild Bunch Gang.
Criminal? Yea, I'd say so. Hunk? Not really.
But he does look better without the beard and cigar.
Definitely a criminal, but kinda cute nevertheless.
Here are a few poets.
It might be argued that some poetry could inspire criminal intent - but that's a matter of debate.
Arthur Rimbaud. Infant Terrible (1854-91)
French bad boy poet. The lover of poet Paul Verlaine (who was married at the time). In the midst of a raging lover's quarrel, Verlaine shot Rimbaud in the wrist. Consequently, Verlaine spent two years in the slammer.
Oh, the ravages of absinthe and hashish!
Sergei Esenin (1895-1925)
A Russian bad boy poet, who was briefly married to the American dancer Isadora Duncan. Esenin committed suicide. His final poem, Farewell, My Friend, Farewell, was written in his own blood (no lie).
Oliver Wendell Holmes
American poet with no criminal inclinations.
Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) British poet.
Known as the greatest poet of the First World War. He was killed in action, age 25.
Gay. Just thought I'd mention it.
Lord Alfred Douglas
British poet. Oscar Wilde's lover. Are all poets young, hot, and gay - or is it just coincidence?
Horatio Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener
Senior British Army Officer (born in Ireland). Was drowned in 1918 when the HMS Hampshire sank.
Yup, he was gay, and - from what I've read - he liked rough sex.
Jack London (1876-1916)
American writer. Drugs and alcohol ravaged his life and hastened his demise. Straight as an arrow, in case you were wondering.
Holy crap, give me a moment to catch my breath.
American writer. Nobel Prize for Literature. Pulitzer for fiction. Alcohol. Electro shock treatments. Suicide.
Do musicians make better lovers?
I'd like to think so. But, then, I'm prejudiced.
Jan Kubelik (1880-1940)
Czech violinist and composer.
His son Raphael was a famous conductor.
Hungarian pianist and composer. Advocate of free love, notoriously loose with the ladies. His daughter Cosima married composer Richard Wagner.
Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947)
Pianist and composer. Born in Venezuela, raised in France. He and Marcel Proust were lovers.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Russian composer, pianist, conductor.
Here are a couple of arteests.
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
Renowned French artist.
Henry Scott Tuke (1858-1929)
What? You've never heard of Tuke?
He was a British artist, primarily known for his paintings of naked boys and young men.
And he was damn good at it.
Change of subject (and not a moment too soon).
How about some hot Royal brothers from Russia? Both were straight, incidentally.
Tsar Nicholas II (1868-1918)
Murdered during the Russian revolution.
"Nicky" was short, only 5'7", but what he lacked in stature, he made up for in cuteness.
Grand Duke Michael Romanov (1878-1918)
brother of Tsar Nicholas, who was also murdered during the Revolution. Michael was in love with his cousin Princess Beatrice but the Russian Orthodox church wouldn't allow them to marry. He eventually married a commoner, Natalia Wulfert.
Edward Sheriff Curtis (1868-1952)
Ethnologist and photographer of the American West. This is a self-portrait, taken in 1899.
Heck, I'd give him a "10" just for the outfit.
Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922)
British explorer, best known for his Antarctic expeditions.
Hey, if you're gonna be stranded on an iceberg, it might as well be with Shackleton....
Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902)
Founder of Tiffany & Co.
Okay, the other dudes can go home. I think I've found the winner.
Actually, it's a tossup between Tiffany and Lewis Powell. It depends on whether you want jewels....or an attempted assassin.