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Explore seven of the most memorable couples in history, as voted for by HistoryExtra readers…. Arguably the most famous lovers in history, the story of Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra VII has been retold for more than 2, years.
Popularised by Shakespeare, the lovers were later portrayed in the film Cleopatra by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Cleopatra bore Antony three children — two sons and a daughter. Beaten by Octavian, the couple fled to Egypt.
Octavian pursued them, and the following year captured the Egyptian capital, Alexandria. With his soldiers deserting him, Mark Antony took his own life.
He was followed by Cleopatra, who committed suicide on 12 August 30 BC. The pair did not meet again for another four years. In Augustjust four months after meeting for the second time, Churchill invited Clementine to his birthplace, Blenheim Palaceand as they took shelter from a rainstorm in an ornamental Greek temple during an afternoon walk, he proposed. The pair married on 12 September.
According to WinstonChurchill. He had such a presence and reputation that there were very few men who would stand up to him. There was however one very strong willed woman who always would — his wife. He relied heavily on her for her unwavering support and for her always-sage advice. It was the first wedding of a reigning queen in England since Over 17 years, nine children were born : four boys and five girls.
But historian Jane Ridley explains that while to the outside world their family seemed the embodiment of domestic bliss, the reality was quite different. This artifice imposed unbearable stresses upon them both.
She withdrew from public life shortly after his passing, and did not return until the late s and s. In Julia Baird announced that, while working on a biography of Queen Victoria, she had found evidence of a later affair between the queen and her servant. In Januarywith Anne pregnant with the future Elizabeth Ishe and Henry were married in a secret ceremony and Henry broke with the Catholic church. Anne was crowned queen of England in a lavish ceremony at Westminster Abbey in June.
He had already fallen in love with Jane Seymourand was soon looking to end his marriage. Two days later the queen was arrested for adultery and incest, and taken to the Tower of London. Anne, her brother, Smeaton and three other men were convicted on trumped-up charges, with the men executed on 17 May.
That same day, the royal marriage was annulled. After making a short speech, she knelt as a French swordsman — sent for as a small act of mercy by the king — stepped up behind her and severed her head with one blow. They met at a dinner party in Paris in October Josephine de Beauharnais a year-old widow, and Napoleon Bonaparte a short, marginalised Corsican soldier six years her junior.
Yet they went on to become a power couple. In Napoleon had his childless marriage to Josephine annulled and married Marie Louise, the daughter of the Austrian emperor. A son, Napoleon who became known as Napoleon IIwas born a year later. With their good looks, charisma and charm, JFK and his wife, Famous married couples in history, brought glamour to American politics in the s and 60s.
To the outside world their relationship looked nothing short of perfect.
But in reality the president had numerous affairs including, most famously, with Marilyn Monroe. Inthe authors of a new book about Jackie claimed the couple were heading for divorce when the president was shot dead in November But what of his wife, Anne Neville? Anne was made a widow at just 15 after her husband, Edward of Westminster, the only son of Henry VIwas killed at the battle of Tewkesbury in May — a clash that saw the Yorkists reign victorious over the Lancastrians.
Some like to think that their childhood friendship blossomed into love. Anne was crowned alongside her husband on 6 July Two years later, on 16 Marchjust 28 years of age and heartbroken after the death of her only child a boyAnne died, perhaps from TB. Richard was killed just five months later, on 22 August, at the battle of Bosworth. This article was first published by History Extra in and has since been updated. Home Period General Modern 7 of the most memorable couples in history.
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