Powercouples

Overview

"The power couple is one big beast mated with another"

It used to be said that behind every great man there¿s a woman. But what happens when both partners are powerful in their own right? What draws two powerful people together into a relationship?

InPower Couples Mary Abbott sets out to explore these special and rather rare cases over two thousand years of history. She looks at noble, literary, political and celebrity pairings through the ...

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Overview

"The power couple is one big beast mated with another"

It used to be said that behind every great man there¿s a woman. But what happens when both partners are powerful in their own right? What draws two powerful people together into a relationship?

InPower Couples Mary Abbott sets out to explore these special and rather rare cases over two thousand years of history. She looks at noble, literary, political and celebrity pairings through the ages, and asks what made them tick.

Was it love, sex, shared ambition, a sense of duty, or the allure of power itself?

Entertainingly told with an eye for the unusual detail, this is the history of the world¿s most famous couples, from Antony and Cleopatra to Posh and Becks.

Mary Abbott teaches in the History Department at APU. Her published books include Family Ties: English Families 1504-1920 (1993), Yeomen of the Cotswolds (1993), Life Cycles in England: Cradle to grave (1996), History Skills (1996) and Family Affairs: A history of the family in 20th century England (2003).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780582771918
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 3/31/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Mary Abbott is at Anglia Polytechnic University

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Antony and Cleopatra 9
Justinian and Theodora 21
Macbeth and Gruoch alias the Earl of Bothwell and Mary Queen of Scots? 29
Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II of England 39
Ferdinand and Isabella 51
Elizabeth and Essex 61
John and Sarah Churchill 75
Catherine and Great and Grigory Potemkin 87
Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley 97
Victoria and Albert 111
Pierre and Marie Curie 125
Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt 137
Edward and Mrs. Simpson 147
Mao Zedong and Jiang Qing 161
Juan and Evita Peron 173
Nelson and Winnie Mandela 185
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor 197
John and Jackie Bouvier Kennedy 209
Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath 219
Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton 231
Charles and Diana 243
Tony Blair and Cherie Booth 257
Posh and Becks 269
Looking forward 279
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