Top 10 Of The Most Memorable Couples in History to Remember
Most of us believe that love occurs at first sight only in fantasy or fairy tales. Not many may think that it would be a turning point in their lives to meet a person for a few minutes and sow the seed for life-long passion. Some of history's famous couples have proven this false and shown the world that true love is timeless, romantic, and enduring.
Here are the 10 most romantic couples of all time.
Antony and Cleopatra
Their love story is one of the most famous tales in world history. Antony was a Roman general when Cleopatra was the queen of Egypt. During their very first acquaintance, they fell in love. Cleopatra was unable to envision a life without him when Antony committed suicide and then killed herself.
Napoleon and Josephine
Napoleon Bonaparte worked as an army general, and when they got married for convenience, Josephine was a wealthy widow. As time went on, though, the pair really fell in love. Though they later parted as Josephine could not conceive, their love for each other has been celebrated through the ages.
Emperor Shah Jahan and Queen Mumtaz Mahal
The Taj Mahal is direct evidence of Emperor Shah Jahan's affection for his queen Mumtaz Mahal. The mourning Shah Jahan built this iconic mausoleum in her memory when Mumtaz died after delivering their 14th child. This became extremely popular later on and now symbolises the emperor and his queen's everlasting love.
King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
This pair showed to the world that occasionally, true love between people needs a great compromise to be made. Madly in love with Wallis Simpson, King Edward VIII was willing to give up his throne to marry her, and he did. After the abdication, the couple lived a passionate and prosperous marital life for thirty-five years.
Prince Salim and Anarkali
One of the most famous love tales in Mughal history is that of the handsome Prince Salim and the lovely courtesan Anarkali. Their tale of love is the stuff of history - an unexpected love, insurmountable societal obstacles, and parents' resistance. And, when Anarkali is walled alive in a heart-breaking finish, a jailed Salim looks helplessly on.
Isolde and Tristan
Isolde, the King of Ireland's daughter, was set to marry King Mark of Cornwall. His nephew Tristan was sent to bring the bride-to-be to Cornwall. Nevertheless, fate had planned differently. Tristan and Isolde fell in love with each other passionately. Isolde went on to marry King Mark but never ceased to love Tristan. Finally, Tristan died of grief. Soon thereafter, the broken Isolde died.
Dante and Beatrice
Even though he barely knew her and only met her twice, Beatrice was a profound source of inspiration and the object of an equally profound love to Dante. He wrote about her with great passion in his many famous poems – the gems of world literature. She died when she was 24, and he never saw her again.
Prince Albert and Queen Victoria
This is an epic love tale in which, for 40 long years, the English queen mourned the loss of her husband - the only man she cherished. After Victoria rose to England's throne, she married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Deeply committed to her husband, Victoria was distraught when Albert died in 1861. She never stopped grieving her beloved husband and continued to wear black until she died in 1901.
Henry II and Rosamund Clifford
He was the first Plantagenet king of England married to Eleanor of Aquitaine. He also had many mistresses. But Rosamund was the love of his life. To keep their affair a secret, he built a love nest within the heart of a maze. But Queen Eleanor finally discovered it and asked Rosamund to choose her manner of death. Rosamund chose to die by poison.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
The extremely popular Beatle and his songwriter/artist wife were married for 11 years. What makes them famous is that after five days of their wedding, the newlyweds spent a full two weeks in bed, promoting peace. They called it the "Bed-In for Peace."