Fanfare for the common man in historical romance

Fanfare for the common man in historical romance

There’s an excellent article over at Happy Ever After about historical romance heroes without titles.

As much as I like books about dukes and earls, there’s something I LOVE about a hero who didn’t get where he was simply because of an accident of birth. It is one of the reasons I enjoy books set in the Victorian era so much: things were changing, and while grand estates lost money, men who worked for what they had were on the rise.

One of the books mentioned is Anne Gracie’s latest, The Summer Bride.

The Summer Bride (Chance Sisters book 4) by Anne Gracie

Lisa Kleypas is also mentioned, and all three of my favourite historical heroes she’s written are men without titles.

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa KleypasMarrying Winterborne (Ravenels #2) by Lisa Kleypas

There are quite a lot of historicals I’ve loved that might have titled characters on the fringes, but are not about titled heroes.

THIS, for example.

How to Rescue a Rake (Book Club Belles Society #3) by Jayne Fresina

Not to mention the fact Jane Austen’s famous heroes were gentlemen, not dukes!

Pride and Prejudice 1980 Elizabeth Garvie David Rintoul Elizabeth Bennet Mr Darcy

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