The meetings would take place in the drawing rooms of influential people and they were places to see and be seen. Refined taste ruled and men and women of the higher classes would discuss new phenomena and trends in art.
Polish President Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda inaugurated the 9th National Reading Day at the Saski Garden in Warsaw on Saturday, with a reading of 'Balladyna,' a drama written by Polish Romantic-era playwright and poet Juliusz Słowacki.
After being dumped by his fiancé Maria Wodzińska, Fryderyk Chopin fell for the cigar-puffing, trouser-wearing feminist who called herself George Sand. It took her over a year to win him over, but once she did the couple became inseparable. On the anniversary of Chopin’s birthday, TFN’s Stuart Dowell takes a look back at one of the 19th century’s greatest love stories.