Archive for the ‘Historical Cases of Love’ Category

Love Obsession: Dante and Beatrice

Tweet If you have ever been obsessively in love with a person who doesn’t love you, you know that it can take months or even years to recover. But that’s nothing compared to what the amazing poet Dante Alighieri went through. He first met the beautiful Beatrice di Folco Portinari at a May day party […]

When love isn’t enough

Tweet “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?” Juliet said, hoping that she and Romeo could escape the families’ tradition of killing off each other. But Romeo is a Montague, and Juliet is a Capulet. Their love is thus doomed to failure from the start. But they sacrifice their lives for love. Love is thus […]

A Tragic Love Story: Till Death Do Us Apart?

Tweet Carl Tanzler was a radiologist in Key West, Florida. He was deadly obsessed with his patient Elena Milagro Hoyos (1910-1931).[1] Carl had fallen deeply in love with the naturally beautiful Elena and intended to cure her of tuberculosis, hoping that it would lead to a lasting love relationship. Carl gave Elena an unusual mix […]

When Jealousy Leads to Disaster

Tweet Herman Tarnower was a cardiologist and author of the bestseller The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet. Being a doctor of society’s wealthiest people was Herman’s main goal in life. Herman started a medical practice in the Scarsdale area of New York specializing in cardiology and internal medicine. He later started the first cardiopulmonary laboratory between […]

The Love Story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert


Tweet Alexandrina Victoria was 18 when she became Queen of England. Her Uncle, King William IV, had no surviving legitimate children. So, Victoria became his heir when he died in 1837. When Prince Albert, her first cousin, visited London in 1839, Victoria immediately fell in love with him. Initially Albert had doubts about the relationship, […]

The Love Story of Napoleon and Josephine


Tweet The story about Napoleon and Josephine illustrates just how obsessive love can be. In the 19th century one of the directors, Paul Barras, in Paris wanted to marry off his mistress Rose to Napoleon. Napoleon was immediately smitten when he saw the beautiful Rose. He renamed her ‘Josephine’. Initially Josephine would not marry Napoleon […]

The Love Story of Prince Salim and Anarkali

Tweet The most tragic of love stories took place in India in 1615. Prince Nuruddin Salim, son of Mughal Emperor Akbar, fell in love with the lovely slave girl Anarkali. Anarkali was known for her dancing skills and her remarkable beauty. Akbar was shamed by his son’s love for a common servant and did everything […]

The Love Story of Tristan and Isolde

Tweet The tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde took place in the middle ages during the reign of King Arthur. When King Mark sent his nephew, Tristan, to Ireland to ask for Princess Isolde’s hand and escort her back to Cornwall, Tristan and Isolde fell in love. Isolde went ahead with the marriage to […]

The Love Story of Cleopatra and Mark Antony

Tweet The most tragic episode of Cleopatra’s story of love is revealed in her affair with Mark Antony. Together with her father Pharaoh Ptolomy XII Cleopatra VII was a regent of Egypt. When her father died in March 51 BC, the 18 year old Cleopatra and her 12 year old brother Ptolemy XIII became joint […]

The Love Story of Thisbe and Pyramus

Tweet Historical cases of broken hearts and obsessions are not hard to come by. The stories of Pyramus and Thisbe, Cleopatra and Mark Antony, Tristan and Isolde, Prince Saleem and Anarkali, Napoleon and Josephine, and Queen Victory and Prince Albert stand out as icons of tragic and deeply pathological love. The story of Pyramus and […]

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