Chivalry, Romance, and Adventure!

Historical 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.

How about the delicious kisses? Alfred Lord Tennyson said it best.

“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)

Historical romance is about the adventure of living in a different time period. It’s about the kisses and flirtations. 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)