Chivalry, Romance, and Adventure!

Lady of Refinement webHistorical romance takes the reader to a setting located in the past. Sir Walter Scott was one of the first authors to popularize this genre in the early 19th-century when he wrote Rob Roy and Ivanhoe. What was romance like in the 18th and 19th centuries?

This was a time when chivalry and valor were important. It was when a man defended a woman’s honor at all costs. Historical romance is about the adventure of living in a different time period. It’s about chivalry and simple flirtations between a man and a woman. 

Alfred Lord Tennyson said it best when he described a kiss.

“A man had given all other bliss, and all his worldly worth for this,
To waste his whole heart in one kiss upon her perfect lips.”
~Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809 – 1892)

I love how George Smeath describes a kiss. It’s one of the sweetest descriptions ever.


I kissed her eyes, her lips, her hair—
I didn’t know just why, nor care.
Perhaps I thought the only reason
Was June—for spring’s the kissing season.

But summer came and it was fun
To go on as I had begun—
Before I’d time to realize,
I’d kissed her lips, her hair, her eyes.

And in the fall, I thought to flee,
But somehow for the life of me
I made about a dozen trips—
And kissed her hair, her eyes, her lips.

So, in the winter I gave in—
For such a fight I’d never win.
I sought in vain—the season’s missing
That isn’t simply grand for kissing!
—-George H. Smeath (1907 – 1999)

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