Let us be honest here.
You can’t possibly tell me that you’ve never fantasized about meeting a handsome prince by accident, falling in love and overcoming all adversities to be together.
(I mean, the man has flowing golden hair, blue eyes, and a while horse. A white horse, people!)
We’ve seen it happen in fairy tales, we’ve seen it happen in movies, and of course, we’ve seen it happen in books.
And we’ve seen it happen in real life too!
Who ever said that true love and story-worthy romances only ever happen in people’s imagination?
Well, whoever did probably had not heard about these couples that fought against society and the differences in their social standing in order to spend their lives together!
Edward IV and Elizabeth Goodville
A widow and single mother of two boys, Elizabeth Goodville was so beautiful that King Edward IV, who had ascended the throne, fell so madly in love with her that he was determined to make his queen regardless of the controversy and outrage that would cause.
To absolute horror of the Royal Council, Edward married Elizabeth in secret at Groby Chapel and she was crowned Queen in 1465.
Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudors
As Henry V’s young widow and dowager Queen, Catherine was one powerful woman, with both the will and the way to take her life into her own hands.
So, she wasted no time and immediately employed Welshman Owen Tudors into her service as her Clerk of Wardrobe. Not long after his hiring, Catherine fell pregnant. It is said that the couple left court for a while and married in secret. They had three children and through their union, a new royal dynasty was born: the Tudors.
John of Gaunt and Katherine Swynford
I’m sure you have read the classic Governess story. After all, when it comes to Regency romances, it’s one of the most popular tropes out there.
Well, let me tell you, it happens in real life too!
And it happened for Miss Katherine Swynford in 1396, when John of Gaunt, the Duke of Lancaster decided to make her his wife. At the time, Katherine was already the widow of on of the Duke’s retainers and the governess of his three daughters.
Despite being the richest magnate in England with two marriages of his own already, John proceeded to make the low-born widow his Duchess after a decades-long romantic affair.
Let it be known that nothing can stand in the way of true love. Edward and Elizabeth married despite the Royal Council’s disgust. Catherine took matters into her own capable hands and seized the chance to marry for love. And John and Katherine enduring romance finally paid off when they managed to marry in the eyes of God and men.
Who knows, your own prince charming could be waiting just around the corner!
All my love,
Written by Patricia Haverton