In 1837 Thomas Saverland brought an action against a Miss Caroline Newton for biting off a piece of his nose. He had tried to kiss her ‘by way of a joke’ and she had defended her honour. The judge agreed that she was right to do so. ‘When a man kisses a woman against her will,’ he ruled, ‘she is fully entitled to bite off his nose, if she so pleases.’
That’s just one anecdote from my latest e-book A Little History Of Love, a collection of 50 essays on everything from Abelard and Heloise to wooing techniques in ancient Rome.
If your wife, girlfriend or mistress has an e-reader (or is getting one for Christmas), what could be more perfect than buying A Little History Of Love to go with it?