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The Memoirs of Catherine the Great


The Memoirs of Catherine the Great
  • Author : Catherine the Great
  • Publisher : Modern Library
  • Release : 2007-12-18
  • ISBN : 0307432432
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Empress Catherine II brought Europe to Russia, and Russia to Europe, during her long and eventful reign (1762—96). She fostered the culture of the Enlightenment and greatly expanded the immense empire created by Czar Ivan the Terrible, shifting the balance of power in Europe eastward. Famous for her will to power and for her dozen lovers, Catherine was also a prolific and gifted writer. Fluent in French, Russian, and German, Catherine published political theory, journalism, comedies, operas, and history, while writing thousands of letters as she corresponded with Voltaire and other public figures. The Memoirs of Catherine the Great provides an unparalleled window into eighteenth-century Russia and the mind of an absolute ruler. With insight, humor, and candor, Catherine presents her eyewitness account of history, from her whirlwind entry into the Russian court in 1744 at age fourteen as the intended bride of Empress Elizabeth I’s nephew, the eccentric drunkard and future Peter III, to her unhappy marriage; from her two children, several miscarriages, and her and Peter’s numerous affairs to the political maneuvering that enabled Catherine to seize the throne from him in 1762. Catherine’s eye for telling details makes for compelling reading as she describes the dramatic fall and rise of her political fortunes. This definitive new translation from the French is scrupulously faithful to her words and is the first for which translators have consulted original manuscripts written in Catherine’s own hand. It is an indispensable work for anyone interested in Catherine the Great, Russian history, or the eighteenth century.

Catherine the Great


Catherine the Great
  • Author : Michael Streeter
  • Publisher : Haus Publishing
  • Release : 2007
  • ISBN : 1905791062
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A fascinating life of a ruler who was deservedly styled 'the Great'

Catherine the Great


Catherine the Great
  • Author : Robert K. Massie
  • Publisher : Random House Incorporated
  • Release : 2012
  • ISBN : 9780345408778
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress's life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs.

Catherine the Great


Catherine the Great
  • Author : John T. Alexander
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • Release : 1989
  • ISBN : UOM:39015013331213
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The reign of Russia's notorious Empress is examined in a thorough account of her German childhood, marriage to a Grand Duke and overthrow of his government, her infamous love life, and her multinational rule lasting more than three decades

Catherine the Great


Catherine the Great
  • Author : Ian Grey
  • Publisher : New Word City
  • Release : 2016-07-18
  • ISBN : 9781612309644
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Catherine II of Russia was the most remarkable monarch of the eighteenth century. New York Times bestselling historian Ian Grey paints an illuminating portrait of an enigmatic woman of compelling charm and elegance. She had a prodigious appetite for work, great curiosity, and boundless ambition and vanity, and she was notorious for the number of her lovers. Her prodigal expenditures and patronage of the arts made her reign an era of splendor while her foreign policy and conquests carried Russian power and prestige to new heights. She cast a spell over most of her contemporaries in Russia and in Western Europe, and the spell has lingered. Here, in this book, is the dramatic story of an obscure German princess, without beauty or special advantage, but with courage, charisma, and determination, who became one of the arbiters of the affairs of Europe and renowned in history.