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From Byron to boy bands: A timeline of heartthrobs

From dreams of Prince Charming or dashing doctors in white coats, to the lure of dark strangers and vampire lovers; from rock stars and rebels to soulmates, dependable family types or simply good companions, female fantasies about men tell us as much about the history of women as they do about masculine icons. The changing position of women has shaped their dreams about men, going from Lord Byron in the early nineteenth century to boy-bands in the early twenty-first. The timeline below highlights ten heartthrobs, fictional and real, that set hearts aflutter over the decades.

Featured image credit: Heart card pastels by kaboompics. Public domain via Pixabay.

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