What if Antony knew that Cleopatra were still alive? What if these famous real-life lovers had the right information; could they have lived happily ever after?
Did you realize that most historical love stories that have ended in tragedy have a common thread of MISINFORMATION? It’s hard enough to find that perfect passionate partner, you don’t want it to end because of misinformation!
A love affair can either lift us to Nirvana or drop us into Hell unless we have correct information; not from Facebook and Instagram but directly from our Beloved! Then, we need to verify the facts so that we know that “the truth” is really The Truth! If lifelong love is your dream and you long for a mutually passionate love story for the rest of your life, please read this article because if you are truly romantic it may save your life!
Researching the most famous love stories in history I was struck by how often a Love Story ends tragically because of misinformation! When one lover becomes overwhelmed with grief and doesn’t want to go on after losing the Beloved misinformation is the culprit; not the stars; not a lack of love; just misinformation!
Antony and Cleopatra: The relationship between Antony, the triumvir and general of Rome and Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt was also an opportunity for enormous political power. They fell in love at first sight and their love affair outraged the Romans yet despite threats Antony and Cleopatra married. During a battle against a Roman army Antony received a false report of Cleopatra's death and devastated, he fell on his sword and died. When Cleopatra learned of his death she took her own life!
Love + Misinformation = Death
Heloise and Abelard: The story of Heloise and Abelard is enough to terrify the bravest lovers. The Dark Ages are known for countless examples of human cruelty, none more famous than this story. Around 1100, Peter Abelard arrived in Paris to study at the Notre Dame where he became a respected philosopher described as "the keenest thinker and boldest theologian of the 12th Century”. He was hired by Fulbert, the canon of Notre Dame, to tutor his niece, Heloise. Abelard and the scholarly Heloise fell deeply in love, conceived a child, and were secretly married. But her uncle was furious, so Abelard sent Heloise to safety in a convent. Thinking that Abelard intended to abandon his niece the canon had a hired thug castrate Abelard while he slept. Abelard then became a monk and devoted his life to learning and the heartbroken Heloise became a nun, eventually becoming the abbess of a convent that Abelard had founded. Despite their separations and tribulations, Abelard and Heloise remained devoted to one another throughout their lives. Heloise envisioned her position as abbess as continuing her Beloved’s work and therefore consistent to adoring Abelard. Their poignant love letters were later published and have inspired lovers ever since; the classic contrast between the extremes of human sexual passion and devotion to the Divine.
Love + Misinformation + Castration!!! + Convents
Tristan and Isolde: Isolde, daughter of the King of Ireland was betrothed to King Mark of Cornwall. King Mark sent his nephew, Tristan, to Ireland to escort her to her bridegroom. During the voyage, Isolde and Tristan fell in love and after their passion began they also drank a love potion that was supposed to be given to Isolde on her wedding night so that she would love her husband, the much older King of Cornwall. Isolde did marry Mark of Cornwall, but the love affair with Tristan continued after the marriage. When King Mark finally learned of the affair, he forgave Isolde, but Tristan was banned from Cornwall and Tristan was sent back to Brittany. There he married Iseult of Brittany because he literally loved her name, similar to Isolde; but he never consummated the marriage because he loved Isolde. After falling ill, he sent for Isolde hoping that she could cure him. If she agreed to come, the returning ship's sails were to be white, or the sails would be black if she had refused. HI wife, seeing the white sails, lied to Tristan and told him that the sails were black. He died of grief before Isolde could reach him and Isolde died soon after of a broken heart.
Love + Misinformation = Death
Pyramus and Thisbe: Pyramus was the childhood friend of Thisbe; considered the most handsome and she was the prettiest girl in Babylonia. They fell in love as they grew up however, their parents refused to allow them to marry. They arranged to meet in a field early one morning. Thisbe arrived first and as she waited she saw a lion with bloody jaws, she panicked and hid. As she was running, she dropped her veil which the lion carried away in his bloody jaws. At that moment, Pyramus saw Thisbe's veil in the jaws of the lion. He is completely devastated and falls on his sword, dying. Thisbe is still hiding in the rocks afraid of the lion and when she sees the sword piercing Pyramus’s chest she takes his sword and kills herself.
Love + Misinformation = Death
The most famous love story ever told is Shakespeare’s fictional Romeo and Juliet. However, this story rings true because throughout history families, tribes, races, nations and religions have sought separation in order to retain power. Therefore, if you and your partner love deeply and have the courage to pursue that love be sure that you check all the facts all the time before making desperate and deadly decisions! We are so fortunate to live at a time when the worst disaster that most love stories encounter is the cost of a divorce! Now that we know that an EMT in the first hour can save more lives than all the medical care down the road be sure to have and use your cell phones for all the benefits to love including INFORMATION!
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