Top 10 Famous Love Stories From History

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Stories in which lovers believed in each other and in their love, even when everyone turned against them; they touch you deeply. But they also make you sad, because sometimes you miss such an intense love life. Yet the most famous love stories often ended in tragedy. However, the lovers in these stories show us something that will last forever: True love is stronger than anything in the world! So if you have found true love, take care of it and never let it go!

10. Adam and Eve

In the beginning… Whether you believe the story or not, the story of Adam and Eve, the first humans on earth, is a beautiful love story.

9. Napoleon and Josephine

The relationship between Napoleon and Josephine, a widow with two children six years her senior, was turbulent. Two days after their wedding anniversary, Napoleon left for Italy on a military campaign. Soon Josephine began an affair with Lieutenant Hippolyte Charles. When Napoleon discovered this, out of anger he decided to start an affair himself. The two divorced. Napoleon married Marie-Louise with whom he had a child. But despite Josephine’s unfaithfulness, the divorce and the remarriage, Napoleon’s last words were “France, the army, the chief of the army, Josephine.”

8. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal

The names of these lovers are not well known to us, but the funerary monument produced by him is. This is the Taj Mahal in India. Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal were a happily married couple for a long time, but that all came to an end when Mumtaz died while giving birth to her 14th child. Shah Jahan was deeply saddened, it broke him emotionally and physically. 

But his grief inspired him to build one of the world’s greatest architectural masterpieces. The Taj Mahal served as the final resting place of his beloved wife. Shortly after the construction of the Taj Mahal tombstone (between 1632 and 1648), Shh Jahan fell ill. Shortly afterwards he died and was buried next to his wife.

7. Bonnie and Clyde

Traveling through the United States during the Great Depression of the 20th century, these lovers and criminals were not described in a romantic way at the time. But now it is. Bonnie and Clyde ‘s gang is responsible for the deaths of at least nine police officers and a number of civilians. It is unknown how the couple met, but it is believed that this is love at first sight. 

The flame probably caught on in 1930, when Clyde was already known as a criminal. That didn’t seem to bother Bonnie. She decided to become a criminal with him and stood by him until the end. They were arrested by the police in 1934 and killed. The couple wanted to be buried together, but Bonnie’s family did not allow it.

6. Orpheus and Eurydice

The ancient Greek mythological hero Orpheus is known for his beautiful music, which charmed everyone, even the stones and wild beasts. But Orpheus is also popular because of the deep love he felt for his wife nymph Eurydice. When she dies from the bite of a snake, Orpheus decides to go to the underworld to retrieve his wife. With his music, he charms the ruler of the ghosts, causing them to allow him to take his wife back to him.

 But in return, he must promise them that he will not look back to the Underworld until he escapes it. When Orpheus and Eurydice reach the gates of the underworld, Orpheus looks back to see if his Eurydice is still following him. At that moment, Eurydice disappears, back to the world of the dead.

5. Lancelot and Guinevere

The story of Lancelot and Guinevere stems from the story of Tristan and Isolde (the number 4 on this list). Guinevere is married to King Arthur, who, like King Mark, is being cheated on by his wife. Guinevere has an affair with one of Arthur’s most loyal knights, Lancelot. When her husband finds out, he splits his knights into two groups. Lancelot gets one group and King Arthur the other. 

Then there are fierce fights between the two men. Guinevere returns to Arthur, but after the king has lost half of his knights, he is attacked by his enemy Mordred. Arthur kills Mordred, but is injured himself. Guinevere feels guilty about Arthur’s downfall. She leaves for a monastery. Lancelot becomes a priest. The two lovers live apart from each other because of this.

4. Tristan and Isolde

The love story between Tristan and Isolde became popular in France in the 12th century. The story probably stems from an old Celtic legend. There are multiple versions of the story, but they all have more or less the same core. Isolde is about to marry Tristan’s uncle, King Mark. On her way to Cornwall, she and Tristan drink a love potion, causing the two to fall desperately in love. Isolde marries King Mark, but the love potion makes it impossible for Tristan and Isolde to resist each other. 

They keep quiet about their affair, but Isolde’s husband, King Mark, finds out anyway. Tristan and Isolde try to escape him together, but Isolde is forced to stay with Mark. Tristan leaves Cornwall and marries another woman, also named Isolde. But when he is injured by poison, he cries out for his one true love. Tristan dies in despair, convinced that his Isolde will not come to him. But Isolde knows nothing all this time. She dies of grief when she finds out that her great love has passed away.

3. Cleopatra and Mark Antony

The love between the Egyptian Pharaoh Cleopatra and Mark Antony is best known for its tragic ending. After being defeated by the Romans, they both decide to commit suicide. But Cleopatra is still hesitant about this. Mark Antony throws himself on his sword after receiving the false message that his beloved is already dead. Cleopatra then kills herself. How exactly is unknown. She probably let herself be killed by a snake.

2. Paris and Helen

According to Greek mythology , the love between Paris and Helen caused the downfall of Troy. The story begins with the Trojan prince Paris, who must choose from three goddesses: Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Which of them does he think is the fairest? He chooses Aphrodite, because in exchange for this choice she promises him the most beautiful woman in the world. And this most beautiful woman is Helen of Sparta, wife of King Menelaus. A few years later, Paris goes to Sparta and takes Helen to Troy. This triggers the Trojan War, in which Paris is injured in the fall of Troy. Helen returns to her husband in Sparta, but the love between Paris and Helen lasts forever.

1. Romeo and Juliet

Sometime in 1590 William Shakespeare wrote the most famous love story ever. This is, of course, about the tragic love between Romeo and Juliet. They come from families that have been enemies for years. After Romeo is rejected by another girl, Rosaline, his heart is broken. When he is grieving, his nephew cheers him up. He takes Romeo to a party of Juliet’s family. Since Julia’s father doesn’t want a fuss, he lets the two boys at the party. Romeo and Juliet meet and fall in love instantly. 

Although they know that their families are enemies and Julia is already going to marry Paris, they still want to go for each other and marry each other. On the day of the wedding to Paris, Julia ingests poison that makes her appear apparently dead. Romeo thinks Juliet is really dead. He ingests poison. When Juliet awakens, she finds Romeo dead. She kisses his poisoned lips and falls dead herself. A tragic ending, but this does mean that the quarrel between the two families is resolved. The love between the lovers flourishes in the families.

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