Unique Marriage Proposals in History



Marriage proposals are life changing events. A royal's marriage, or their refusal to marry, can be an historic event. However, before there can be a marriage, there must be a proposal. Stories of negotiations between kingdoms for the hand of a young princesses are common, but what about history’s more unique proposals?

A unique marriage proposal is at the heart of my debut Harlequin Historical Engagement of Convenience. The novel is about a spirited but na├»ve young lady and the wounded naval officer who, through a fake engagement scheme to obtain her inheritance, realize that they only have a future through each other and love. In honor of the release of Engagement of Convenience, I'd like to highlight a few of history's more unique proposals and their effect on history.

- In Rome, Emperor Octavian fell in love with and proposed to Livia while she was six months pregnant with her husband's child. She wasted not time obtaining a divorce and becoming empress. Three months after her marriage to Augustus, Livia gave birth to a son whose grandson became Emperor Claudius. Claudius was responsible for the first major expansion of the Roman Empire since the reign of Augustus.

- Pharaoh Thutmose IV was eager to establish an alliance with the Mitanni. He petitioned the Mitanni king six time to send him a wife. The Mitanni king finally relented and sent him Mutemwiya who some scholars believe was the grandmother of the heretic Pharaoh Akhenaten. History failed to record what Mutemwiya thought of the proposal or of going to Egypt.

- Queen Elizabeth I rejected a marriage proposal from King Philip II of Spain. Her rejection and the subsequent wound to Philip's pride played a part in his discussion to declare war on Britain and to launch the ill-fated Armada. He also didn't like English pirates or Protestantism but I think the excuse of his wounded pride is slightly more interesting.

- Queen Victoria, because she was queen and therefore outranked Prince Albert, had to do the proposing. So did Elizabeth II. Keep in mind, both of these proposal took place during a time when a woman proposing to a man was just not done. If these women hadn't chosen the men they had, or if they'd failed to pop the question, the past 150+ years might look very different then they do now.





- King George VI, while he was still the spare, was turned down four times by Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. He was stunned when, on his fifth try, she finally accepted. The couple went on to rule Britain during the dark days of WWII and to produce Queen Elizabeth II.


While my hero and heroine's proposal story might not be a turning point in Western civilization, like any marriage proposal, both characters discover that when they answer "yes" their lives change forever. I hope you will take a moment to check out Engagement of Convenience and that if you do, you enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

29 comments:

June Caedmon said...

What an interesting and unique way to introduce your latest book! Nicely done!

Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories said...

Love this post and interesting marriage proposals you highlighted. I agree with June, it's a very unique way to introduce your book!

Karren Haller said...

I loved this post, it was enlightening. Thanks for sharing and stopping by.
Oh My Heartsie Girl
Karren

Paula Miller said...

I love historical romances! Thanks for linking this up for WW :)

Ms POSH said...

That really is interesting.

POSH

Monica said...

What fun to read of all the interesting marriage proposals, I had no idea of the history surrounding these proposals! I also agree this was a great way to introduce your book!

Georgie Lee said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I;m glad you enjoyed the post!

Mystika Faith said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I love the historical elements you have incorporated in.

TaMara Sloan said...

Very nice way to introduce your book! Thanks for joining the party at Tales of a Pee Dee Mama!

robin lorraine williamson said...

I love the introduction stories really cool thanks for sharing have a great day

Kaz @ Melting Moments said...

What a great post! Congratulations on your book. It sounds like a great read!

Alicia - OneMotherHen said...

Ooooh! interesting the way royal proposals occur! Thanks for enlightening me, love a good romance novel :)

mail4rosey said...

Congratulations on the book!! I hope it is a smashing success for you!

Thank you for linking to Super Sunday Sync.

Michell Pulliam said...

Wow Georgie!! How awesome is THAT...your own book! And it sounds interesting too! Congrats on this great accomplishment and thanks for linking up to "DYWW"! Have a wonderful evening!

CountryMouse said...

Interesting information. I love a historical romance so I'll have to try yours.

Sarah Honey said...

Great way to intro you new book! Thank so much for linking up at Thank You Honey's Whatever Wednesday Party!

Janine Huldie said...

Huge congrats on the book, Georgie and thank you for including me in your newsletter and also for linking up with us!! :)

Stephanie @ Life, Unexpectedly said...

Congrats on the book! And thanks for sharing the little engagement anecdotes from around history!

Tina at Mommynificent.com said...

I love your blog posts! I never feel like you're trying to sell me on something. You offer really interesting info and it is related to a book you've written. I just love your style! Thanks so much for linking with Booknificent Thursday!
Tina

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Fascinating bits -- even more fascinating because they are true! Especially interesting is that King George of the King's Speech was turned down four times by the woman who became the long-lived Queen Mum! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kimberly H. Smith said...

This is so neat. Very interesting and informative. I just published a book also. Good luck to you. Visiting from My Favorite Posts Show Off Weekend Blog Party.

Annaleis Topham said...

It's interesting to read other peoples proposal stories. Just the other day a local lad was to proposed to by his girlfriend. We still were shocked but not him. Said yes straight away!

Emily Morgan said...

Sounds like a great story, and I loved your historical roots as well!

EssentiallyJess said...

Wow it sounds interesting! And congratulations on getting published with Harlequin. That's very impressive

Alli Smith said...

As an avid reader, I'm definitely adding your book to my list. Thanks for sharing at Throwback Thursday.

Joanna Sormunen said...

What an interesting post! The relationships between men and women are the cause of almost everything in history after all :)

Joy said...

I didn't know that Queens Victoria and Elizabeth II had to propose. How interesting!

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