Romance & Sex

The Kiss of the 1800s and Tales Associated with It

A kiss is the touching or pressing of one’s lips against another person and the romantic kiss of the 1800s was much like a romantic kiss of today, one that expresses sentiments of love, attraction, affection, romance, or passion. Author Kristoffer Nyrop in his 1901 book, The Kiss and Its History, had a lot to…

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When Napoleon Met and Married Josephine de Beauharnais

Napoleon would marry twice, but his first marriage was to Josephine de Beauharnais. Josephine was born Marie Josèphe Rose Tascher de La Pagerie in Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique, to a wealthy white Creole family that owned a sugarcane plantation. She met Napoleon in late 1795 and within weeks she was his mistress.

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A Curious Love in 1804

Love is often consider inexplicable, and one story of curious love involved two people who fell in love in 1804. However, this story is not your typical love story. The story begins in Toulouse, France, when a tribunal was held on 18 November, and the following was printed by one newspaper about a month later:

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Love Affair between Lafayette and Diane of Simiane

The love affair between Marquis de Lafayette and Diane of Simiane began after Diane married Charles-Francois of Simiane, Marquis of Miremont. He was the son of François Louis Hector of Simiane and Marie Esther Emilie of Seveyrac. He had served in the American Revolutionary War with the famous French nobleman and general, the Count of…

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Abelard and Heloise: Their Forever Love

One famous and tragic love story from medieval times captured the imagination of people in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The story involved Peter Abelard who was a medieval French scholastic philosopher, theologian and preeminent logician and Heloise d’Argenteuil, a French nun, writer, scholar, and abbess. Abelard has been described as a fascinating man who was…

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Love, Murder, and Suicide in the 19th Century

Lunéville, France, is a commune in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in France and is situated on the Meurthe River. In Lunéville, a 25-year-old man belonging to the 2nd regiment of dragoons, named Louis Darbois, fell for a Mademoiselle Marie-Catherine Bermin in 1830. Unfortunately, 19-year-old Bermin did not fall for him, and she decided to leave France…

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