People who died for love aside from Romeo and Juliet

Ines de Castro and kind Pedro.

  1. Credit Artist:Ernesto Ferreira CondeixaInes de Castro became a lady-in-waiting for Princess Constance of Portugal in 1340 and quickly stole the heart of her prince Pedro, the heir to the Portuguese throne. When Constance died in 1349, Pedro tried to make Ines his lawful queenthey already had three children together, but his father the king refused , and banished Ines and got her killed when geographical distance couldn’t keep Pedro away.The act sparked a civil war between Pedro and his father and when he claimed victory over his father, Pedro exhumed his lover, built her a royal tomb, and had all of Portugal swear allegiance to Ines as their queen even in death.

2. Shan jahan and mumtaz mahal

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Have you heard of Taj Mahal, This famous palace in India, is actually the ultimate declaration of love, built in the 17th century by Shah Jahan as a final resting place for his beloved wife. Mumtaz Mahal — or “Jewel of the Palace,” as he named her — was the ruler’s third wife, but he clearly favored her and was so grief-stricken when she died during childbirth, he immediately began work on the Taj Mahal. It took 23 years to complete the homage, where he joined her at his own death in 1666.

3. Cleopatra

4. Andrew Jackson and Rachel Donald

known as the most controversial first ladies, Rachel Donelson was married to Lewis Robards of Kentucky before she wed Andrew Jackson in 1791. She had believed that her ex-husband had finalized their divorce, not realizing that, he did not legally file the papers until 1793. Because having a court clear-cut divorce was scandalous and frowned at , as at that time, Jackson’s opponents used Rachel’s past against him during campaigns, calling her imoral woman.

The stress of the mud sliding aggravated a heart condition which was pre- existing, and Rachel never got to see Jackson become president, she passed away following a heart attack two months before he took the mantle of leadership, Jackson was so shocked and grief-stricken that he was said to have clung to Rachel long after she had died, hoping that she would come back to him.

5. Heloise and abelard

Credit: Artist:Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

British poet Alexander Pope turned their story into a piece of classic literature, but Heloise and Abelard were in fact real, they fell madly inlove, and doomed to a tragic end in mid 12th century France. Abelard was the girl’s live-in tutor, 20 years older than she is, and the romance so enraged her, but then her uncle disapproved there relationship, that he had Abelard castrated shortly after they were discovered. Distraught, the lovers entered the monastery and wrote a set of now-famous letters to each other until their death, but sadly they never met again.

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Published by Peace Efanga Okokon

Hello, I am Peace Efanga Okokon, A wife and proud mum of two, Am a writer, A stylist and business woman. I studied cooperate economics and management, Welcome to my space, where I drop two articles on weekly bases, Tuesdays and Fridays precisely.

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