Another legend/myth/folk tale that I am very fond of, is the one involving the fair queen Guinevere, king Arthur and sir Lancelot. Apparently she was so much in love with king Arthur's most loyal knight, that she agreed to elope with him and retreat to his well guarded castle. Eventually, king Arthur discovered them and the two armies fought for many days causing serious bloodshed.
the rape of the Sabines. At the beginning of Rome, in the newly built city, there were very few young maidens for the brave Roman warriors. And since they found out about a tribe in the mountains, named the Sabines, that apparently had numerous young beauties, they decided to take them by force. The two armies prepared for battle, but luckily, the pillaged Sabines decided they weren't so unhappy in the new found land and put themselves in front of the two armies. Eventually the two states emerged.
Having brave men fight over you, must be veryromantic, in a gloomy kinda way. Luckily for me, the only war I started was with my boyfriend, over who's washing the dishes.