With Valentine’s Day coming up we thought we’d give you a list of some of the most romantic people from history and literature. We’d also be interested to know if you think we’ve missed anyone out, so let us know in the comments.
Romeo and Juliet
These two should come as a pair, really. Shakespeare’s ‘star cross’d lovers’ are caught in the middle of their warring families’ feud and go to great lengths to be together. Eventually they die side-by-side, not wanting to be without one another. Their deaths end the war between their two families.
The character of Mr Darcy from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (not the Mr Darcy from Bridget Jones’ Diary – although perhaps he deserves a place here too) was a wealthy man and the proprietor of a large estate in Derbyshire. As soon as he sets eyes on Elizabeth Bennet he is attracted to her. Because he tries to stop his friend, Bingley, courting Elizabeth’s elder sister, Elizabeth takes a strong disliking to him.
Mr Darcy then has to prove himself to Elizabeth ¬– he saves her family from disgrace and when he proposes for the second time she accepts.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
When a couple decide to forego their individual identities you know it’s true love. The Beatle and his girlfriend began to go by the name of ‘JohnandYoko’. They also went against all convention when John changed his name to John Ono Lennon after their marriage. They were inseparable and even when Yoko was ill John had a full-size bed wheeled into the recording studio so they could still be together.
The Taj Mahal was one of the greatest romantic gifts. It was built by Shah Jahan after his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died giving birth to their 14th child. According to recent tales, the palace mourned for two years, with no feasting, music or celebration of any kind. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1633 and took 17 years to complete. It was built entirely out of white marble inlaid with semi-precious stones.
He was a priest who earned the disfavour of the Roman Emperor, Claudius II. The Emperor believed that single men made better soldiers than those who were married. He prohibited marriage for all young men, but Valentine continued to perform marriages in secret.
Eventually he was caught and, while in prison, fell in love with the daughter of his jailor. Before he was executed he sent a letter to his love signed ‘from your Valentine’.
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