The Puzzle of Romance

in History

Romance refers to a love relationship, either a fleeting but intense one or a passionate love affair. It can also describe romantic, unconditional, and devoted love. This term was first used in chivalric novels, such as Las Sergas de Esplandián by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. This is where the name California comes from: the Mexican peninsula where Los Cabos is located. The novels frequently portrayed an infatuation marked by idealism as a recurring theme.

Today is the perfect day to express our intense feelings and shout with emotions about the beauty of being loved and reciprocated.
Three centuries ago, the concept of romance began to develop, and it has stood the test of time as a magnificent madness that boldly exalts freedom, individuality, and sentimentality over objectivity and rational thinking. It is a powerful force that allows us to express our deepest emotions and break free from the constraints of a purely logical approach to life.

The power of imagination and creativity in producing beauty across various domains is immense. Whether through art, literature, or music, the ability to evoke realistic emotions that resonate with our inner selves is a profound gift. Such aesthetic expressions allow us to tap into the love languages of our being, revealing what we hold dear and cherish.

Thus, we can find sublime words in the lyrics of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Clemens Brentano, Edgar Allan Poe, James Fenimore Cooper, and Washington Irving.

Therefore, romanticism is a declaration of freedom, a self-absorbed rebellion. The stages in love stories to conceive “romance”, that romantic love, as we currently know it, is when the couple aspires to express their feelings and be attentive to each other.

Throughout history, couples have represented the power of love, great soul mates, endless love, and romantic stories to remember. Some of these legendary couples include Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Marie and Pierre Curie, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Rainier of Monaco, Fabiola, and Baldwin of Belgium, Elizabeth II and Philippe, and Maxima and William. These couples inspire us to imagine the beauty of a love story.


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