CHIVALRY & RENAISSANCE
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design for the Lover's Knot or Endless Knot of Love is a
very popular one. In America around 1760, it became customary
to give handwritten and decorated letters to one's sweetheart
on Valentine's Day. However love knots could be given at
any time of the year. The suitor used careful handwriting,
scrollwork decoration, watercolor illumination, and messages
of love twisting around every loop of a labyrinth.
drawn pen and ink love knots are brightly colored and
usually include birds, hearts, tulips, and angels as well
as minutely written messages of love. The format shows an
interlacing of scrollwork and strip work, colorfully decorated
in a style similar to the medieval manuscripts.
These love knots were primarily an expression of love; however,
they were also used as proposals of marriage. The suitor
would deliver the love knot to his sweetheart's doorstep.
accepted his proposal of marriage, she kept the love knot.
If per chance she rejected him, she returned the love knot
to him. This was one way in which the romantic suitor or
the bashful suitor, as the case may be, could say what was
heart. The True Lover's Knot is a labor of love. The suitor
could use his ingenuity and loving care to painstakingly
create a manuscript that would be carefully read by the sweetheart.
With plenty of time on hand the youth of America in the late
1700's and early 1800's literally put his heart in his work.
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