Famous Love Letters

Thinking about writing a love letter to your darling for Valentine’s Day? I’ve put together some of my favourite tasty tidbits from famous love letters written by well-known people. Why not use them as inspiration for your own romantic love letters? Right, let's roll.

King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn  

Back in the day, King Henry VIII courted Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary, but, in reality, it was Anne he liked. However, much to the English royal’s dismay, Anne refused to be his mistress. She wanted to be Queen. Unluckily for Anne, in 1536, the volatile King ordered for her execution. In 1527, this is what Henry VIII wrote to Anne: “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.”

Napoleon to His Wife Josephine  

Despite divorcing his wife, Josephine, because she couldn’t have children, the ruthless French leader continued to write to her. Not long after they were married, Napoleon left to command the French army near Italy. In the months that followed, he wrote to her often, proclaiming how much he missed her. On 17th July,1769, here’s what he had to say: “Since I left you, I have been constantly depressed. My happiness is to be near you. Incessantly I live over in my memory your caresses, your tears, your affectionate solicitude. The charms of the incomparable Josephine kindle continually a burning and a glowing flame in my heart. When, free from all solicitude, all harassing care, shall I be able to pass all my time with you, having only to love you, and to think only of the happiness of so saying, and of proving it to you?”

Beethoven to His ‘Immortal Beloved’  

It’s still a mystery as to the identity of Ludwig van Beethoven’s “immortal beloved” – whom received a flood of letters from the composer in 1812, though historians believe it was Antonie Brentano, a diplomat’s daughter. In fact, Beethoven dedicated his ‘Diabelli Variations Op. 120’ to her. Not only that, after his death, one of his letters was found in which he famously wrote: “Though still in bed, my thoughts go out to you, my Immortal Beloved, Be calm–love me–today–yesterday–what tearful longings for you–you–you–my life–my all–farewell. Oh continue to love me–never misjudge the most faithful heart of your beloved. Ever thine. Ever mine. Ever ours.”

Noah to Allie, The Notebook  

Granted, Noah and Allie may be an imaginary couple in a film, but maximum respect to Nicholas Sparks for his genius when it came to writing the tear-jerking love note the loved-up Noah wrote for his darling Allie: “My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent a summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you. Noah.”

Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor  

They fell in love on the set of Cleopatra in 1963, and married and divorced twice. That’s right, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor – Hollywood’s golden couple. During the early part of their first marriage in 1964, the impassioned Burton wrote this letter to Taylor: ”My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. You don’t realize of course, E.B., how fascinatingly beautiful you have always been, and how strangely you have acquired an added and special and dangerous loveliness.”