Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

One of the most romantic true love stories in the history of royal Britain is that of King Edward IV and his Queen Elizabeth Woodville.   Elizabeth was a commoner and widow with two young boys, and five years Edward’s senior.    Her husband had been killed in second Battle of St. Albans, fighting for…

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Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

The love story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is an iconic one.     This love story quite literally changed the fate of a nation!   Henry fell in love with Anne likely sometime early in 1526, and at this point he had already become determined to divorce his current wife Katherine of Aragon.…

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My Top 10 Favorite Historical Lovers

My final Valentine’s Day, and Love Week, love list this year is about historical lovers!   Here are my ten favorite historical lovers! Number 10: Marc Antony and Cleopatra VII ~In time of ancient Egypt and Rome Cleopatra famously seduced Marc Antony.    She had already fallen in love with and bore a son to…

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Tristan and Isolde

Tristan was a great knight in the kingdom of Cornwall, and Isolde was an Irish princess.   Tristan was sent to Ireland to compete in a tournament in order to win the hand of this princess for his uncle, King Mark of Cornwall.   Tristan readily defeats all comers and wins Isolde’s hand for King…

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My Top 10 Legendary Lovers

This is my fourth Valentine’s Day love list, for Love Week, and today it is the legendary lovers that take center stage! Number 10: Orpheus and Eurydice ~The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is a tragic love story of Orpheus following his bride to the Underworld.   In the tale Orpheus convinced Hades to release…

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The Princess Bride

In the 1973 book and 1987 film The Princess Bride we meet two true lovers named Westley and Buttercup.    Westley was a farm boy working for Buttercup’s parents, and Buttercup was the most beautiful girl in the world at that time!   When she finally realized her love, and confessed it, Westley decided to…

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My Top 10 Fairytale Lovers

My third Valentine’s Day, for Love Week, list is here!   Fairytales are an obvious place to find romantic tales, but that does not mean all fairytale couples are made equal.   Here are my top ten! Number 10: Cinderella and Prince Charming ~Cinderella and Charming fell in love when they met at a ball. …

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My Top 10 Love Songs!

Below is my second Valentine’s Day list in honor of Love Week here at White Rose of Avalon! Number 10: Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers ~This song is a very romantic and was first released in 1955, but received jukebox standard acclaim with the Righteous Brothers 1965 recording.   This same recording went on…

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