Valentine’s Day is the time to celebrate love, and what better way than to look into the past for examples of true love?
Lessons of sacrifice and committed love can be learned from lovers’ tales that did not end so well. If tragic stories are your cup-of-tea, here are some doozies to look up–
Mark Antony and Cleopatra
Salim and Anarkali
Abelard and Eloise
Tristan and Isolde
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
I am the “happily-ever-after” gal, as you all should know by now, so prefer lovers’ tales with at least some degree of enduring happiness!
On my blog I wrote of a favorite: Jacob and Rachel from the Bible. Click the link to read about them and enter my special giveaway as part of Maria Grace’s Historical Hearts Through History Valentine’s Blog Hop. I have also posted a blog on Literary Lovers, placed into a fun match-up game. Check that out while you are there! www.sharonlathan.net
The following four real-life love stories are ones I particularly adore. I hope you are inspired by these tales.
Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal
Shah Jahan, ruler of the Mughal Empire, wed Mumtaz Mahal – “Beloved Ornament of the Palace” – when they were but 20 and 19. She reigned as queen alongside him and bore fourteen children before her death in 1629. The emperor was so grieved that he insisted on creating a stupendous monument to be her resting place. Constructed of white marble, decorated with uncountable precious stones and gold, and requiring 20,000 workers nearly 20 years to complete, the Taj Mahal was built to commemorate the enduring power of love. Shortly after completion, Shah Jahan was deposed by his son, and imprisoned in the Red Fort of Agra where he spent the final years of his life staring across the river at the monument for his beloved queen. Eventually he was buried beside her, the lovers eternally together in the Taj Mahal. Continue reading