Love can be expressed in a hundred different ways but one of the most timeless and treasured ways is by picking up pen and letter writing paper and writing old-fashioned love letters.
Forget Hallmark cards and text messages, we think scribing love letters from the heart on personalised stationery is one of the most romantic gestures you can ever make.
With this in mind we’ve rounded up five of the best and most romantic love letters from famous faces to share with you:
Beethoven's love letters to his “Immortal Beloved”
The identity of the composer’s “immortal beloved,” who received many love letters from him in 1812, is still shrouded in mystery, but historians believe it was Antonie Brentano, a diplomat’s daughter.
Written on letter writing paper, one of his notes reads: “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.”
Napoleon Bonaparte' love letters to Joséphine de Beauharnais
Bonaparte met Joséphine (or Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, as she was known then) in 1795. She was a widow six years his senior and they married the following year but Napoleon left immediately to command the French army. However, the general was smitten with his new bride.
One of the many love letters between them says: “I am going to bed with my heart full of your adorable image… I cannot wait to give you proofs of my ardent love… How happy I would be if I could assist you at your undressing, the little firm white breast, the adorable face, the hair tied up in a scarf a la creole. You know that I will never forget the little visits, you know, the little black forest… I kiss it a thousand times and wait impatiently for the moment I will be in it. To live within Josephine is to live in the Elysian fields. Kisses on your mouth, your eyes, your breast, everywhere, everywhere.”
The love letters of Frida Kahlo to Diego Rivera
The Mexican artist had a stormy relationship with her lover wo was 20 years her sinor and the many love letters they wrote one another gives a great insight into the passion of their romance.
In 1940, she wrote on quality writing paper: “Nothing compares to your hands, nothing like the green-gold of your eyes. My body is filled with you for days and days. You are the mirror of the night. The violent flash of lightning. The dampness of the earth. The hollow of your armpits is my shelter. My fingers touch your blood. All my joy is to feel life spring from your flower-fountain that mine keeps to fill all the paths of my nerves which are yours.”
Love letters from Virginia Woolf to Vita Sackville-West
The author had fallen madly in love with the English poet and her gender-bending character in Orlando is said to be based on her, while the entire novel is thought to have been written about the affair.
In 1927, she penned: “Look here Vita – throw over your man, and we’ll go to Hampton Court and dine on the river together and walk in the garden in the moonlight and come home late and have a bottle of wine and get tipsy, and I’ll tell you all the thinks I have in my head, million, myriads – They won’t stir by day, only by dark on the river. Think o that. Throw your man, I say, and come.”
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor' love letters
The world was captivated by the romance of this ‘It’ couple got over a decade. They met on the set of Cleopatra in 1963 and married and divorced twice.
In the early part of their first marriage in 1964, Burton wrote to his beloved: “My blind eyes are desperately waiting for the sight of you. 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.”
Do you like these love letters? Do you write note cards or love letters to your loved one? How important do you think it is to keep this tradition alive? To order your beautiful writing paper visit Prantl.com.