Anyway, kissing a woman’s hand was one of the ways for a man to demonstrate his reverence of women.
There is nothing romantic about it. At least at first. It was Hollywood and Hollywood alone that is solely responsible for it being viewed in a romantic manner.
It is just a form of greeting.
As a matter of fact it is the way to greet married women and old ladies. It is not the way to greet young single ladies. Some parts of Europe didn’t mind that rule as time went on and gentlemen would kiss whatever hand was offered to them no matter how improper it was. …