Check out these 15 books about the timeless love stories that inspire us.
Dive into love stories that create legends that will inspire us forever with this list from POPSUGAR of books about timeless romances that have captured our imagination and attention.
Today would have been Elizabeth Taylor’s 81st birthday, and what better way to pay homage to the glamorous actress’s love-filled life than with a book about her and Richard Burton’s relationship? Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century follows the famous pair’s relational ups and downs, but it’s just one of the many books that are inspired by real-life love. Get romantically inspired with some of the most famous love stories in history. It doesn’t matter if you’re single or coupled up, no one can resist a juicy story of passion, glamour, and tragedy — especially if it’s true! So here are some of the books we recommend you dive into to learn more about history’s most fascinating love stories.
Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
Get an inside look at the love story of Hollywood royalty Liz Taylor and Richard Burton in Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century. While Liz had many men, it was Richard she couldn’t keep away from, and the relationship that intrigued us all.
Kate Middleton and Prince William
They haven’t been married long, but Prince William and Kate Middleton are already the stuff of fairy tales. Read about their path to marriage in William and Kate: A Royal Love Story.
Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz
I Love Lucy‘s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz looked like the picture-perfect couple onscreen, but their real-life marriage wasn’t as squeaky clean. Find out more about their relationship’s ups and downs in Queen Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII
We’ve always been fascinated with what’s been called the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance between American divorcée Wallis Simpson and King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne for love. Check out The King and Mrs. Simpson: The True Story of the Commoner Who Captured the Heart of a King to learn more about the scandalous love affair, and see their story on the big screen in W.E.
Robert and Elizabeth Browning
“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” Renowned poets Robert and Elizabeth Browning literally wrote their love story in poems for each other that you can swoon over in this book following their romantic tale: Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning.
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
Once Upon a Time: Behind the Fairy Tale of Princess Grace and Prince Rainier is the story of Hollywood princess Grace Kelly meeting her real-life Prince Charming and the bittersweet marriage that followed.
Marie and Pierre Curie
Dive into the tragic love story of Nobel-Prize-winning scientists Marie and Pierre Curie inRadioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have been married 65 years and counting, so if you want to find out the secret to their success read Philip and Elizabeth: Portrait of a Royal Marriage.
Leo and Sofia Tolstoy
The Diaries of Sofia Tolstoy gives a glimpse into the loving and at times turbulent marriage of author Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia — a relationship also portrayed in the film The Last Station.
Voltaire and Emilie du Chatelet
Learn about the hot and heavy affair between poet and philosopher Voltaire and married aristocrat Emilie du Châtelet in Passionate Minds: Emilie du Chatelet, Voltaire, and the Great Love Affair of the Enlightenment.
Eva and Juan Peron
Gain further insight into the legendary first couple of Argentina Juan and Eva Peron in Evita, First Lady: A Biography of Evita Peron, the love story featured in the film Evita.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
The romance played out in Young Victoriabetween Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is explored more fully in We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals — a passionate and complicated royal love story.
Rachel and Andrew Jackson
A Being So Gentle: The Frontier Love Story of Rachel and Andrew Jackson follows the courtship and marriage of Rachel and Andrew Jackson during one of the most tumultuous periods in American history.
Antony and Cleopatra
Discover more about the notorious Queen of the Nile and her deadly dalliance with Antony in Cleopatra: A Life.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
From a scandalous affair to a royal marriage, get the scoop on Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’s unorthodox relationship in Charles & Camilla: Portrait of a Love Affair.
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