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Many great men (and a few women) have been sustained by the support of a low profile, self-effacing partner. Power Couples investigates the rare and intriguing cases where both partners hit the headlines. Our cast spans four continents and two millennia ¿ though the power couple only really became a commoner phenomenon in the twentieth century - and includes:

  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • The Macbeths
  • Ferdinand and Isabella
  • Elizabeth and Essex
  • Victoria and Albert
  • FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt
  • The Kennedys
  • The Clintons
  • Charles and Diana

What would these men and women have achieved without their other halves? What powered the relationships that made them household names? Love? Sex? Obsessive passion? Shared ambition? A sense of duty? A hard-nosed calculation of the benefits of collaboration? You will find them all in Power Couples.

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"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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Mary Abbott is at Anglia Polytechnic University

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