Table of contents:
- Paradise love: Winston Churchill and Clementine Hozier
- Spy love: Mata Hari and Vadim Maslov
- Eastern love: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonya Maino
- Invented love: Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy
- Creative love: Maria Sklodowska and Pierre Curie
- Love in letters: Ernest Hemingway and Marlene Dietrich
- Passionate love: Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas
- Royal love: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Love is creative, happy, fabulous, passionate … It exists, and the greatest minds, and kings, and even spies obey it. In this review, eight great love stories that make you believe that this world is not so bad.
Paradise love: Winston Churchill and Clementine Hozier
They first met at a social event, but they could not overcome mutual embarrassment. Their next meeting took place only four years later. They were both not going to attend the official ball at Lady St. Helier, but fate decided everything for them. Deputy Minister Winston Churchill invited the charming Clementine Hozier to dance, and then to visit the Duke of Marlborough.
In the temple of Diana, where the rose garden was located, Winston Churchill proposed to his beloved. At this time, a thunderstorm had just broken out, and Winston, in love, put on a huge ring on Clementine's finger, decorated with a large ruby and two diamonds.
Clementine became for the great Englishman not just a beloved woman. She was his friend, advisor, reliable rear. At the end of his life, Winston Churchill confessed in a letter to his wife: "Clemmy, you gave me heavenly pleasure in life."
Spy love: Mata Hari and Vadim Maslov
Vadim Maslov, a company commander of a rifle regiment of the Russian Expeditionary Force, seconded to France, had a chance to spend a vacation in Paris during the First World War. It was there, at the Grand Opera, that he met the famous dancer and femme fatale Mata Hari. He was 23 years old, and she was already 40, but this did not prevent the lovers from knowing all the delights of a great feeling.
After vacation, Vadim Maslov returned to the front. The only connecting thread between him and Mata Hari was letters filled with passion. To help her lover solve financial problems, the German spy agreed to work for the French special services.
Their second and last meeting took place at a sanatorium in Vitella, where Maslov was healing front-line wounds. They spent two happy weeks together, and then the young officer simply disappeared from her life forever. Mata Hari was very upset by the disappearance of her beloved. After her arrest in 1917, she was sentenced to death. He found out about her death from the newspapers and seemed to have lost his mind. According to eyewitnesses, Vadim seemed to be looking for death, but he survived. After the war, he emigrated to France and there, according to various sources, he either got married or took monastic vows.
Eastern love: Rajiv Gandhi and Sonya Maino
The heir to the ruling family from India and a provincial Italian met in a Greek restaurant in the UK. It was love at first sight and for life. Before marriage, they overcame a serious opposition from their families, who did not consent to this unequal union. But Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Maino proved that they are connected by real feelings, for which there are no barriers. Maybe that's why their family life was so similar to an exotic oriental tale. After Rajiv Gandhi was killed, Sonya, who did not like politics all her life, was able to continue her husband's work, working for the good of the country, which became her true home.
Invented love: Jane Austen and Tom Lefroy
Jane Austen was the real star of the provincial balls in Hampshire and had every chance of a happy family life. But one day, 18-year-old Jane met Tom Lefroy. He rested during the holidays with his uncle and did not even think about getting married at that time.
They met at one of the balls. For Jay Austin, other men simply ceased to exist at one point. And he … He quietly left for London, not even having the trouble to write to the girl who fell in love with him recklessly.
She spent her whole life under the sign of her invented love. When she had a real chance to get married, she was never able to exchange the memory of her nonexistent love for real family happiness.
Creative love: Maria Sklodowska and Pierre Curie
Pierre Curie at first sight fell in love with the hands of Maria Sklodowska, who were all covered in small wounds and scars from acid. Maria was seriously engaged in research, did not pay any attention to the changeable fashion and was fascinated exclusively by science.
Together they made many discoveries, received the Nobel Prize, became the parents of two beautiful daughters. When Pierre Curie absurdly died under the wheels of a horse-drawn carriage, Maria grieved the death of her beloved husband and a talented scientist. But all her further life she devoted to the work that they began together.
Love in letters: Ernest Hemingway and Marlene Dietrich
The famous writer and Hollywood actress met on an ocean cruise and then carried the spark of their love throughout their lives. They were not given to know the joy of living together, they never fell asleep or woke up together. But they wrote gentle, kind, passionate letters, warming themselves with the knowledge that each other had them.
Both of them were not free, their chance encounters were fleeting and impetuous. Only letters remained, in which they endlessly declared their love and thanked heaven for the happiness granted to them to know each other.
Passionate love: Aristotle Onassis and Maria Callas
Billionaire Aristotle Onassis saw Mary at a Venetian ball. And I could no longer throw it out of my memory. He went to her concert, and then invited her along with her husband to his obscenely luxurious yacht.
It was on the yacht that the two lovers learned the full depth of all-consuming passion. They were not embarrassed by the presence of the spouses, they absolutely did not care about the condemnation of society. Only he and she existed in the whole world.
After a vacation on a yacht, the lovers settled together, and then passion gave way to the humiliation and despotism of the millionaire. She continued to love him passionately. She forgave him lies and betrayals, even forgave his marriage. But until the end of her life she loved only him. Until the end of his days, she was there, while the legal wife of Jackie Kennedy spent his fortune.
Royal love: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
The young princess met a sailor cadet at a family reception when she was only 13 years old. He was five years older, slender, handsome and very courteous. From the moment of the first meeting, he firmly took a place in her heart. None of the arguments of the royal family made Princess Lilibet, as her relatives called her, change her love, she married her Philip.
She made her relatives come to terms with her choice and in her whole life she never regretted it. Philip became the real head of the family, despite the fact that his wife is the reigning queen.