This article is about a type of emotional attachment.
For the modern popular-fiction genre, see romance novel.
Historians believe that word "romance" to have developed in the French vernacular meaning "verse narrative." The word was originally an adverb of the Latin origin "Romanicus," meaning "of the Roman style." The connecting notion is that European medieval vernacular tales were usually about chivalric adventure, not combining the idea of love until late into the seventeenth century.
The word romance has also developed with other meanings in other languages such as the early nineteenth century Spanish and Italian definitions of "adventurous" and "passionate", sometimes combining the idea of "love affair" or "idealistic quality." In primitive societies, tension existed between marriage and the erotic, but this was mostly expressed in taboo regarding the menstrual cycle and birth.
Courtly love and the notion of domnei were often the subjects of troubadours, and could be typically found in artistic endeavors such as lyrical narratives and poetic prose of the time.
Since marriage was commonly nothing more than a formal arrangement, In terms of courtly love, "lovers" did not necessarily refer to those engaging in sexual acts, but rather, to the act of caring and to emotional intimacy.
According to Giddens since homosexuals were not able to marry they were forced to pioneer more open and negotiated relationships.
These kinds of relationships then permeated the heterosexual population.
After the 18th century, illicit relationships took on a more independent role.Historically, the term "romance" originates with the medieval ideal of chivalry as set out in its chivalric romance literature.Humans have a natural inclination to form bonds with one another through social interactions, be it through verbal communication or nonverbal gestures.For the historical era associated with the arts, see Romanticism. Romance is the expressive and pleasurable feeling from an emotional attraction towards another person.This feeling is associated with, but does not necessitate, sexual attraction.In bourgeois marriage, illicitness may have become more formidable and likely to cause tension.In Ladies of the Leisure Class, Rutgers University professor Bonnie G.They acted within a framework of concern for the reproduction of bloodlines according to financial, professional, and sometimes political interests." Subsequent sexual revolution has lessened the conflicts arising out of liberalism, but not eliminated them.Anthony Giddens, in his book The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love and Eroticism in Modern Society, states that romantic love introduced the idea of a narrative into an individual's life.Anthropologists such as Claude Lévi-Strauss show that there were complex forms of courtship in ancient as well as contemporary primitive societies.There may not be evidence, however, that members of such societies formed loving relationships distinct from their established customs in a way that would parallel modern romance.