Catherine the Great

The story of the impoverished German princess who deposed her husband to become tzarina of the largest empire on earth

Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great

The story of one of the truly great female rulers in history by an award winning historian. The daughter of an impoverished aristocrat, Catherine was married aged 16 to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne of all the Russias, a feckless teenager with a weakness for drink. Catherine was only able to give him an heir by passing off her lover's son as his own. In 1762, Catherine rode out of St Petersburg at the head of an army to arrest her husband. Three months later she became sole empress of the largest empire on earth. She was 33 years old. She ruled Russia as a benevolent autocrat for 34 years,fighting the Turks abroad and rebellion at home, and shepherding her people through the upheavals of the French Revolution. She took on many lovers but gave her heart to General Potemkin, the foremost statesman of her time. She died in 1796 aged 67, revered by her people as 'our mother', praised by Voltaire as a philosopher, reviled by her enemies as the Messalina of the North and remembered in history as Catherine the Great. From this extraordinary life of great events, fabulous splendour and barbaric cruelty, Robert K. Massie has woven a thrilling narrative based on impeccable scholarship and a cinematic eye for detail.

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Catherine the Great
Language: un
Pages: 656
Authors: Robert K. Massie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-07-17 - Publisher: Head of Zeus

The story of one of the truly great female rulers in history by an award winning historian. The daughter of an impoverished aristocrat, Catherine was married aged 16 to Grand Duke Peter, heir to the throne of all the Russias, a feckless teenager with a weakness for drink. Catherine was
Peter the Great: His Life and World
Language: un
Pages: 928
Authors: Robert K. Massie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-02-22 - Publisher: Random House

From the Modern Library’s new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Robert K. Massie—also available are Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs Against the monumental canvas of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Europe and Russia unfolds the magnificent story of Peter the Great, crowned co-tsar at the age of ten. The
Catherine the Great
Language: un
Pages: 639
Authors: Robert K. Massie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-09-18 - Publisher: Turtleback

The Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer presents a reconstruction of the 18th-century empress's life that includes coverage of her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe and much more.
Nicholas and Alexandra
Language: un
Pages: 640
Authors: Robert K. Massie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2011-11-08 - Publisher: Random House

The story of the love that ended an empire In this commanding book, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Robert K. Massie sweeps readers back to the extraordinary world of Imperial Russia to tell the story of the Romanovs’ lives: Nicholas’s political naïveté, Alexandra’s obsession with the corrupt mystic Rasputin, and little Alexis’s
Dreadnought
Language: un
Pages: 1040
Authors: Robert K. Massie
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2012-06-27 - Publisher: Ballantine Books

A gripping chronicle of the personal and national rivalries that led to the twentieth century’s first great arms race, from Pulitzer Prize winner Robert K. Massie With the biographer’s rare genius for expressing the essence of extraordinary lives, Massie brings to life a crowd of glittery figures: the single-minded Admiral

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