Published on February 14th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
History’s Greatest Love Letters
Since today is Valentine’s Day we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate the art of the love letter. Here are some of history’s most heartfelt declarations of love.
Many of you will be waiting patiently for the postman today. A card, maybe a dozen red roses or box of chocolates? But, how many you will receive an actual love letter?
Throughout history, famous figures including writers, politicians, kings and celebrities have written beautiful words and verse. Here are some of the most memorable.
A poll in 2015 found the most romantic love letter of all time was written by singer/songwriter Johnny Cash to his wife June Carter.
“I realise how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.”
King Henry VIII declares his love to Anne Boleyn. whilst he was still married to his first wife Catherine of Aragon in 1527. However, we all know how this romance ended.
“I beg to know expressly your intention touching the love between us. Necessity compels me to obtain this answer, having been more than a year wounded by the dart of love, and not yet sure whether I shall fail or find a place in your affection.”
Winston Churchill writes to his beloved wife Clementine in 1935.
“Time passes swiftly, but is it not joyous to see how great and growing is the treasure we have gathered together, amid the storms and stresses of so many eventful and, to millions, tragic and terrible years?”
Napoleon Bonaparte expresses his feelings to his new wife Josephine in 1796. He begs her to join him in Milan for their honeymoon.
“I thought that I loved you months ago, but since my separation from you I feel that I love you a thousand fold more. Each day since I knew you, have I adored you yet more and more.”
Richard Burton whose infamous love affair with Elizabeth Taylor began on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, wrote these words to her in 1964.
“You don’t realise of course, E.B, how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”
Charlotte Bronte was the victim of unrequited love. Professor Constantin Heger was an older man who taught French literature to the author of Jane Eyre. Only four letters remain, but alas three were torn and then mended with thread by the recipient.
“Monsieur, the poor have not need of much to sustain them – they ask only for the crumbs that fall from the rich man’s table. But if they are refused the crumbs they die of hunger. Nor do I, either, need much affection from those I love. I should not know what to do with a friendship entire and complete — I am not used to it. But you showed me of yore a little interest, when I was your pupil in Brussels, and I hold on to the maintenance of that little interest – I hold on to it as I would hold on to life.”
Tsarina Alexandra wrote this deeply passionate letter to her husband Tsar Nicholas II of Russia in 1915.
“Off you go again alone and it’s with a very heavy heart I part from you. No more kisses and tender caresses for ever so long – I want to bury myself in you, hold you tight in my arms, make you feel the intense love of mine.”
Write to the Love of Your Life
We hope this selection of romantic words has inspired you to put pen to paper to the one you love.
Here at the Post Office Shop we have a high quality range of Basildon Bond Writing Paper and Envelopes to add a touch of class to your prose. And, what better writing instrument to declare your undying love than a fountain pen from our Parker Pens range.
Happy Valentine’s Day.