Anne Boleyn

                      “Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, according to the law, for by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I come here only to die, and thus to yield myself humbly to the will of the King, my lord....Read More »

King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

                                                                  These famous love letters from King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn are undated.  They were found in the Vatican Library, possibly stolen from Anne and sent to the papacy during Henry VIII’s struggle for an annulment of his marriage to Katharine of Aragon.  Though Henry argued for an annulment on...Read More »

Catherine of Aragon to Henry VIII

                    The Queen of England and mother to Queen Mary, Catherine of Aragon (1485 – 1536) is best known as the first of the many wives of Henry VIII. Though he divorced her in 1533, Catherine remained devoted to Henry until her death in 1536, as this letter shows. 1535 My...Read More »

Ludwig van Beethoven

                                       IMMORTAL BELOVED The First Letter   July 6, in the morningMy angel, my all, my very self – Only a few words today and at that with pencil (with yours) – Not till tomorrow will my lodgings be definitely determined upon – what a useless waste of time – Why this deep...Read More »

Heloise and Abelard

                                                  To Peter Abelard: I have your picture in my room. I never pass by it without stopping to look at it; and yet when you were present with me, I scare ever cast my eyes upon it. If a picture which is but a mute representation of an object can give...Read More »

Sibilla Aleramo and Dino Campana

Sibilla Aleramo e Dino Campana                             Chiudo il tuo libro, snodo le mie trecce, o cuor selvaggio, musico cuore…   con la tua vita intera sei nei miei canti come un addio a me.   Smarrivamo gli occhi negli stessi cieli, meravigliati e violenti con stesso ritmo andavamo,   liberi singhiozzando, senza mai vederci, né mai saperci, con notturni occhi.   Or nei tuoi...Read More »


                    Rakkaimpani maan päällä, olen tänään ikävöinyt sinua niin, että olen ollut vähällä kuolla tai tulla luoksesi. Molemmat kiusaukset olen nyt voittanut , en kyllä ilman tuntuvia tappioita. Sinä et ymmärrä, mitä on ikävöidä ja rakastaa niin, että järki meneeja elämä ja kuolema on samantekevää. Niin rakastan minä sinua. Soitin tänään...Read More »

The Lover tells of the Rose in his heart

                                                      All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out and old, The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a lumbering cart, The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the wintry mould, Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the deeps...Read More »