Valentine’s Day Stories

I hope you enjoy these classic stories about love that are perfect for Valentine’s Day (or any other time of the year). Selections include fairy tales, Greek mythology, medieval romance, and more. These stories are all great for reading aloud, and most of them have free audio available!
Valentine Stories
Note that the reading time and audio time may vary when the audio is a retelling or dramatization of the original text.

BIBLE PASSAGE

1 Corinthians 13, The "Love Chapter"

1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

Genre: Bible Passage, 1st century

Reading Time: Approx. 2min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 2 min (Audio Bible)

FAIRY TALE LOVE STORIES

Cinderella

Cinderella

Author: Charles Perrault

Genre: European Fairy Tale

Reading Time: Approx. 19 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 19 min (StoryNory)

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Author: Charles Perrault

Genre: European Fairy Tale

Reading Time: Approx. 32 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 32 min (StoryNory)

GRECO-ROMAN MYTHOLOGY

Cupid and Psyche

Cupid and Psyche

Author: Lucius Apuleius, 125-180 AD

Genre: Greco-Roman Mythology, 2nd century

Reading Time: Approx. 1 hour

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 25 min (Listen to Genius)

MEDIEVAL ROMANCE (Knights of King Arthur)

Sir Caradoc and Lady Guimier

Sir Caradoc and Lady Guimier

Author: Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867)

Genre: Arthurian Legend, 6th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 10 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 10 min (Librivox)

Sir Gawain's Marriage

Sir Gawain’s Marriage

Author: Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867)

Genre: Arthurian Legend, 6th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 8 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 8 min (Librivox)

Tristram and Isoude

Tristram and Isoude

Author: Thomas Bulfinch (1796-1867)

Genre: Arthurian Legend, 6th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 1 hour

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 1 hour, 8 min (Librivox)

MEDIEVAL ROMANCE

A Knight's Tale

A Knight’s Tale

Author: Geoffrey Chaucer, 1343-1400 AD

Genre: Medieval Romance, 14th century

Reading Time: Approx. 1 hour 15 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 47 min (Storynory)

Eric and Enide

Eric and Enide

Author: Chretien de Troyes, 12th century

Genre: Medieval Romance, 12th century

Reading Time: Approx. 3 hours

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 1 hr 10 min (Storynory)

Havelok and Goldeboru

Havelok and Goldeboru

Genre: Medieval Romance, 13th century

Reading Time: Approx. 45 min

RENAISSANCE ROMANCE (Shakespeare)

Measure for Measure

Measure for Measure

Author: Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Genre: Romance, 16th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 30 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 30 min (Librivox)

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Author: Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Genre: Romantic Comedy, 16th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 24 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 24 min (Librivox)

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Genre: Romantic Tragedy, 16th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 33 min

AUDIO AVAILABLE: 33 min (Librivox)

MODERN

Diary of Adam and Eve

Diary of Adam and Eve

Author: Mark Twain, 1835-1910

Genre: Comedy/Romance, 19th century

Reading Time: Approx. 1 hour

Miss Winchelsea's Heart

Miss Winchelsea’s Heart

Author: H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Genre: Romantic Comedy/Tragedy, 20th Century

Reading Time: Approx. 35 min

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