My history hero: Charlotte Brontë (1816-55)
"She didn't twiddle her thumbs. She got on with things – and she paved the way for other female writers. Her novels have a feminist twist, and she had a strong sense that life wasn't fair for women": Writer Jacqueline Wilson chooses Charlotte Brontë as her history hero
Charlotte Brontë, born in the West Riding of Yorkshire, was the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood. A novelist and poet, she is best known for Jane Eyre, which she originally published under the pen-name Currer Bell. In 1854 she married her father’s curate, Arthur Bell Nicholls, and soon became pregnant but fell ill and died, along with her unborn child, aged just 38.