Elizabeth I in any novel
Well I have to like Anne Boleyn's daughter, don't I? I've only recently been interested in Elizabeth, but still find her fascinating. I believe her decision to never marry was heroic; she was standing up against her political advisors and people so she could better her country.
Another book lover! I was rooting for her to make the decision to go to college--it's especially amazing in a time when it was rare that a women ever did go to college. Mattie is one of my favorite YA characters.