10 Heart Touching and Legendary Love Stories From History
Epic and legendary love stories are told and retold from one generation to another, prettified and dramatized by poets, sung and celebrated by common folks and reenacted and filmed by filming industry. These stories melt the hearts of everyone and make them realize the importance of true love in their lives. As Valentine’s Day is approaching, so I thought to give my readers the present of these 10 beautiful and true heart touching love stories from history.
10. Annie Oakley and Frank Butler
Annie Oakley and Frank Butler
The lead characters of the famous Irish 1940′s musical Annie Get Your Gun, were inspired from the true love story of Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. Annie Oakley was a skilled rifle shooter. In 1881, the famous Baughman and Butler shooting act was performing in Cincinnati. Star of the show, champion Frank E. Butler, boasted that he could beat any local marksman and challenged the gathering. Butler was amused to see Annie Oakley taking his challenge. After missing his 25th shot, Butler lost the match and the bet. She not only won the competition but also his heart. He began courting Oakley, and they married on June 20, 1882. Butler abandoned his career to manage hers. They both joined the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Annie died in 1926 and her heartbroken husband died 18 days later after 44 years of togetherness.
9. Salim and Anarkali
Salim and Anarkali
Princes Salim, the son of The Great Mughal emperor Akbar and his wife, Mariam-uz-Zamani was a spoiled and rude boy who fell in love with a maid of the palace, a beautiful maiden Anarkali. The mesmerizing beauty of Anarkali captivated and charmed the prince and soon they were deeply in love. But the emperor could not bear the fact that his son was in love with an ordinary courtesan. He started pressurizing Anarkali and devised all sorts of tactics o make her fall in the eyes of the prince. Salim was sent by the king on a mission and Anarkali was entombed alive in a brick wall. The tragic story of the couple brings tears to the eyes of every couple.
8. Antony and Cleopatra
Antony and Cleopatra
The love story of the last Pharaoh of Egypt and the dashing Roman general, Cleopatra and Mark Antony is a moving love story. The affair took place in 31 BC. It was latter dramatized by William Shakespeare and is still staged all over the world. These two powerful people fell in love at first sight. Mark Antony left his wife, Octavia, for the mesmerizing Cleopatra and married her. Octavia’s brother Octavian brought the army of Rome to destroy them. It is said that while fighting a battle against Romans, Antony got false news of Cleopatra’s death. Shattered, he fell on his sword. Cleopatra when learned about the death of Antony, killed herself using the poison of an asp. Her two serving maids, Iras and Charmian, also killed themselves. They died but their love for each other lived.
7. Juan and Evita Peron
Juan and Evita Peron
Juan and Evita Peron is an Argentinean couple from 1940′s. Evita Peron was the second wife of President Juan Peron (1895–1974) and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She had a weak rural background and was an actress by profession. Juan Domingo was greatly charmed by the young and fragile Evita and the two fell in love. They changed the entire scope of Argentinian government and became one of the most beloved political couples of the era. The remained with each other till death separated them when Evita tragically died of cancer.
6. Tristan and Isolde
Tristan and Isolde
Isolde of Ireland was the daughter of the King of Ireland. She was betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall but fell in love with Tristan, the nephew of the king. She continued her affair with Tristan after her marriage with King Mark. Soon the king came to know of the affair. His love for his wife made him forgive her but he banned his nephew from Cornwall. Tristan went to Brittany and met Iseult of Brittany. He was attracted to her because of the similarity of her name to his true love. They got married but he couldn’t forget her true love. This made him ill. He wrote a letter to 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 intend to come. Iseult couldn’t bear separation from her husband and lied to Tristan on seeing the white sails. He died of grief before Isolde could reach him. Isolde died soon after of a broken heart.
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