Author: Mary Abbott
Publisher: Pearson Education
From Bill and Hilary and Posh and Becks, the power couple has become a feature of modern life, an emblem of the media age. The phenomenon itself is much older, however. Take Elizabeth and Essex, Catherine the Great and Grigory Potemkin, or Antony and Cleopatra - perhaps the most famous power couple of them all. Covering two millennia and four continents, Mary Abbott joins the paparazzi. She exposes the origins of each partner in power, how they came together, what drove their relationships, who else was involved and how they ended. The cast of duos is familiar, their names for ever linked together in the popular imagination: Ferdinand and Isabella, Victoria and Albert, Edward and Mrs. Simpson, Burton and Taylor, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath, Nelson and Winnie Mandela, Charles and Diana.