Top 10 Love Stories in History and Literature and Top 1 of My Own

Top 10 Love Stories in History and Literature and Top 1 of My Own

These love stories are fascinating to be sure, but I’m sure that you have some pretty interesting love stories of your own. In every family or circle of friends there are love stories of exquisite beauty and heart wrenching passion. My favorite love story would be the one about my paternal grandmother.

Emma was widowed very young and raised nine children ranging in age from pre-teen to late teens and once all the children were grown and married, she decided to get on a boat and leave South Africa for Australia. By this time she was no longer a young spring chicken, but this quiet women had depth and a spirit of adventure. After living in Australia for several years, she was visited by John, an old dear friend. Turns out he was a long lost boyfriend from the days before she was married. Their youthful romance was brought to an end, I believe because of World War I. His wife had passed, and his heart had healed so he found out where she was and went after her. He followed her to Australia, wooed her and soon after, they married and lived their last years together, happily ever after.

I hope this blog inspires you to start thinking about your Valentine. Don’t wait until the last minute, this is one occasion where planning ahead really makes a difference – you’ll enjoy it more and so will your spouse or partner. For gift ideas, visit us at Healthy Gourmet Gifts, we’re encouraging everyone to write a love letter this Valentine’s Day. We’re receiving emailed scans of love letters, printing it on beautiful paper, scrolling it, adding elegant ribbon and adding it to Valentine’s gift baskets.

It’s the little things in life that count, don’t you think, so take a little time and invest a some effort in your own fascinating love story.

These love stories will renew or reinforce your faith in love…

They are the most famous love stories in history and

literature, they are immortal.

1. Romeo and Juliet

This is probably the most famous lovers ever. This couple has become a
synonym for love itself. Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy by William
Shakespeare. Their love story is very tragic. The tale of two teenagers
from two feuding families who fall in love at first sight and then marry,
become true lovers and then risk it all for their love. To take your own life
for your husband or wife is definitely a sign of true love.
Their “untimely deaths” ultimately unite their feuding households.

2. Cleopatra and Mark Antony

The true love story of Antony and Cleopatra is one of the most memorable,
intriguing and moving of all times. The story of these two historical characters
had later been dramatized by William Shakespeare and is still staged all over
the world. Therelationship of Antony and Cleopatra is a true test of love. They
fell in love at first sight. The relationship between these two powerful people
put the country of Egypt in a powerful position. But their love affair outraged
the Romans who were wary of the growing powers of the Egyptians. Despite
all the threats, Anthony and Cleopatra got married. It is said that while fighting
a battle against Romans, Antony got false news of Cleopatra’s death.
Shattered, he fell on his sword. When Cleopatra learned about Antony ‘s death,
she was shocked. And she took her own life. Great love demands great sacrifices.

3. Lancelot and Guinevere

The tragic love story of Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere is probably one of the
best-known stories of Arthurian Legend. Lancelot fall in love with Queen Guinevere,
King Arthur’s wife. Their love grew slowly, as Guinevere kept Lancelot away from
her. Eventually, however, her love and passion overpowered her and the pair became
lovers. One night, Sir Agravain and Sir Modred, King Arthur’s nephew, led a band of
12 knights to Guinevere’s chamber where they burst in upon the lovers. Discovered,
Sir Lancelot made a fighting escape, but poor Guinevere was not so lucky. She was
seized and condemned to burn to death for her adultery. Fear not. Sir Lancelot
returned several days later to rescue his beloved Guinevere from the fire. This whole
sad affair divided the Knights of the Round Table and weakened Arthur’s kingdom.
Poor Lancelot ended his days as a lowly hermit and Guinevere became a nun at
Amesbury where she died.

4. Tristan and Isolde

The tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde has been told and retold through various
stories and manuscripts. It takes place during medieval times during the reign of
King Arthur. Isolde of Ireland was the daughter of the King of Ireland. She was
betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. King Mark sent his nephew, Tristan, to Ireland
to escort Isolde back to Cornwall. During the voyage, Isolde and Tristan fell forever
in love. Isolde did marry Mark of Cornwall, but could not help but love Tristan. The
love affair continued after the marriage. When King Mark finally learned of the affair,
he forgave Isolde, but Tristan was banned from Cornwall. Tristan went to Brittany.
There he met Iseult of Brittany. He was attracted to her because of the similarity
of her name to his true love. He married her, but did not consummate the marriage
because of his love for the “true” Isolde. After falling ill, he sent for Isolde in hopes
that she would be able to cure him. If she agreed to come, the returning ship’s sails
would be white, or the sails would be black if she did not agree. Iseult, seeing the
white sails, lied to Tristan and told him that the sails were black. He died of grief
before Isolde could reach him. Isolde died soon after of a broken heart.

5. Napoleon and Josephine

A marriage of convenience, at age 26 Napoleon took a fancy to Josephine. An older,
prominent, and most importantly wealthy woman. As time drew on, Napoleon fell
deeply in love with Josephine, and she with him, but that didn’t deter the adultery
on both sides-their mutual respect for one another kept them together, and their
burning passion between them didn’t falter, and was genuine. They eventually split,
as Napoleon deeply required something Josephine could not give him, an heir. Sadly
they parted ways, both bearing the love and passion in their hearts, for all eternity.

6. Odysseus and Penelope

Few couples understand sacrifice quite like this Greek pair. After being torn apart,
they wait twenty long years to be reunited. War takes Odysseus away shortly after
his marriage to Penelope. Although she has little hope of his return, she resists the
108 suitors who are anxious to replace her husband. Odysseus is equally devoted,
refusing a beautiful sorceress’s offer of everlasting love and eternal youth, so that
he might return home to his wife and son. This Valentine’s Day, take a cue from
Homer, and remember that true love is worth waiting for.

7. Jane Eyre and RochesterIn Charlotte Bronte’s famous tale, friendless characters find a cure for loneliness in each other’s company.
Jane is an abused orphan employed as a governess to the charge of an
abrasive, but very rich Edward Rochester. The improbable pair grow
close as Rochester reveals a tender heart beneath his gruff exterior. He does not,
however, reveal his penchant for polygamy – on their wedding day, a horrified
Jane discovers he is already married. Heartbroken, Jane runs away, but later
returns after a dreadful fire has destroyed Rochester’s mansion, killed his wife,
and left him blind. Love triumphs, and the two reunite and live out their days
in shared bliss.

8. Eloise and Abelard

This is a story of a monk and a nun whose love letters became world famous.
Around 1100, Peter Abelard went to Paris to study at the school of Notre Dame.
He gained a reputation as an outstanding philosopher. Fulbert, the canon of Notre
Dame, hired Abelard to tutor his niece, Heloise. Abelard and the scholarly Heloise
fell deeply in love, conceived a child, and were secretly married. But Fulbert was
furious, so Abelard sent Heloise to safety in a convent. Thinking that he intended
to abandon Heloise, Fulbert had his servants castrate Abelard while he slept.
Abelard became a monk and devoted his life to learning. The heartbroken Heloise
became a nun. Despite their separations and tribulations, Abelard and Heloise
remained in love. Their poignant love letters were later published.

9. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal

In 1612, a teenage girl, Arjumand Banu, married 15-year-old Shah Jahan, ruler of
the Mughal Empire. Renamed Mumtaz Mahal, she bore Shah Jahan 14 children and
became his favorite wife. After Mumtaz died in 1629, the grieving emperor resolved
to create a fitting monument. It took 20,000 workers and 1,000 elephants nearly
20 years to complete this monument – the Taj Mahal. Shah Jahan was never able
to complete a black marble mausoleum he planned for himself. Deposed by his son,
Shah Jahan was imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra, and spent lonely hours staring
across the Jamuna River at the monument to his beloved queen. He was eventually
buried beside her in the Taj Mahal.

10. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

This love story is about English royalty who mourned her husband’s death for 40 years.
Victoria was a lively, cheerful girl, fond of drawing and painting. She ascended the
throne of England in 1837 after the death of her uncle, King William IV. In 1840, she
married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. While at first Prince Albert
was unpopular in some circles because he was German, he came to be admired for his
honesty, diligence, and his devotion to his family. The couple had nine children. Victoria
loved her husband deeply. She relied on his advice in matters of state, especially in
diplomacy. When Albert died in 1861, Victoria was devastated. She did not appear in
public for three years. Her extended seclusion generated considerable public criticism.
Several attempts were made on Victoria’s life. However, under the influence of Prime
Minister Benjamin Disraeli, Victoria resumed public life, opening Parliament in 1866.
But Victoria never stopped mourning her beloved prince, wearing black until her death
in 1901. During her reign, the longest in English history, Britain became a world power
on which “the sun never set.”

I found this list at and chose my favorite Top 10 to share here.

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