Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Famous Redheads in History

by Jeanna Ellsworth

I just released Inspired by Grace in May, where the main character, Grace, is a redhead. Many of us have predisposed opinions of typical personality traits of redheads. Many would say that redheads are smart, strong-willed, defiant, tender-hearted, loud, and a lot of fun! I decided to do some research in famous redheads in history and I was surprised to find out that many of these people really influenced history. With such a strong impact on history, it makes me wonder if there really is something that makes a redhead touch the lives of those around them. Here are twelve famous redheads in history.

Judas Iscariot - One of the twelve apostles to Jesus Christ who betrayed him and handed him over to the Romans for 30 pieces of silver. Judas betrayal set in motion the crucifixion and therefor the salvation of man.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1761-1829) A French politician and military figure who led the French Revolution until he was defeated in 1815. His campaigns are studied worldwide, and he is still celebrated as a controversial political and military figure.

Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658) An English military man who mounted a brutal campaign to subdue the Irish. He was nicknamed “Old Ironsides” in the New Model Army. He has been described as a regicidal dictator, military dictator, hero of liberty, and a class revolutionary.

Cleopatra (69 BC -30 BC) An Egyptian leader who supposedly had an affair with Julius Caesar. She was the last pharaoh before Egypt became a province in the Roman Empire.

Emily Dickenson (1830-1886) An American poet who was reclusive but quite talented. She wrote almost 1800 poems, most of which were not published in her lifetime.

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) A famous composer in the Baroque era of several operas and violin concertos but especially the Four Seasons.

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) An Impressionist painter who was never recognized for his talents in his life. He painted over 2100 paintings in his lifetime and is also known for his bouts of mental illness and anxiety. Even today his paintings are top sellers at auctions.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) An American author of Adventures of Top Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. His real name was Samuel Langehorn Clemens and he has been called the “Father of American Literature”.

Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) The third U.S. President; considered the chief author of the Declaration of Independence. He was also very talented and interested in architecture, science, philosophy and religion.

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) An Italian astronomer and physicist known for the law of motion. He is known as the “Father of observational astronomy” and “Father of modern physics” and “Father of modern science”.

Elizabeth I (1533-1603) English Queen in the Tudor period. She served for 44 years, and England had great success during this time when playwright William Shakespeare wrote his plays.

Winston Churchill (1874-1965) A British politician during WW II. He was a successful author and won the Nobel Prize.


Jeanna is a mother of three daughters, all whom are well versed in Pride and Prejudice; they are her best friends and the inspiration for her writing. She also proudly states she is the eighth of thirteen children. When she isn’t blogging, gardening, cooking, or raising chickens—or more realistically, writing—she is thoroughly ignoring her house for a few hours at a time in order to read yet another romance novel. Somewhere between being a mom, sister, writer, and cook, she squeezes in three 12-hour shifts each week as a Registered Nurse in a Neurological ICU. She finds great joy in her writing and claims she has never been happier.

Jeanna fell in love again with Jane Austen when she was introduced to the incredible world of Jane Austen inspired fiction. She can never adequately thank the fellow authors who mentored her and encouraged her to write her first novel. Through writing, Jeanna has gained something that no one can take away from her: hope for her own Mr. Darcy. More than anything, she hopes to prepare her three best friends to look for their own Mr. Darcy and to settle for nothing less.

Jeanna’s works include: Mr. Darcy’s Promise, Pride and Persistence, To Refine Like Silver, Hope For Mr. Darcy, Hope For Fitzwilliam, Hope For Georgiana, and Inspired by Grace. For more information on these books, please visit her website, www.HeyLadyPublications.com



  1. I love redheads. I've written two novellas with redheads; one has a hero, and the other a heroine, with red hair. And I married one.

  2. I'm a redhead, and my hero is one....I love them!

  3. My maternal grandmother, mother, and aunt were all redheads. Now I'm a "strawberry" blonde! And, yes, we all had or have freckles! ;-)

  4. Used to be one! Now I am a "whitehead"! Seriously, how in the world did you ever find out that Judas Iscariot was one? And Cleopatra?

  5. Thanks for the list! I had no idea, and Winston Churchill is my hero. I love red hair and there are many redheads in my family. Glad to know all these are among the gingers of the world! I'm with the guy who asked about Judas Iscariot and Cleopatra.


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