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Catherine the Great : portrait of a woman

Author: Robert K Massie
Publisher: New York : Random House, [2011]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
This narrative biography tells the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russia by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant mind and an insatiable curiosity as a young woman, she devoured the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Named Person: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert K Massie
ISBN: 9780679456728 0679456724 9781588360441 158836044X 9780345408778 0345408772 9781908800015 1908800011
OCLC Number: 694832857
Awards: Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, 2012
Description: xiii, 625 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: A German Princess. Sophia's childhood --
Summoned to Russia --
Frederick II and the journey to Russia --
Empress Elizabeth --
The making of a grand duke --
Meeting Elizabeth and Peter --
Pneumonia --
Intercepted letters --
Conversion and betrothal --
A pilgrimage to Kiev and transvestite balls --
Smallpox --
Marriage --
Johanna goes home --
A Painful Marriage. The Zhukova affair --
Peepholes --
A watchdog --
He was not a king --
In the bedroom --
A house collapses --
Summer pleasures --
Dismissals at court --
Moscow and the country --
Choglokov makes an enemy and Peter survives a plot --
A bath before Easter and a coachman's whip --
Oysters and an actor --
Reading, dancing, and a betrayal --
Seduction, Motherhood, and Confrontation. Saltykov --
The birth of the heir --
Retaliation --
The English ambassador --
A diplomatic earthquake --
Poniatowski --
A dead rat, an absent lover, and a risky proposal --
Catherine challenges Brockdorff; she gives a party --
Apraskin's retreat --
Catherine's daughter --
The fall of Bestuzhev --
A gamble --
Confrontation --
A menage a quatre --
The Time has Come! Panin, Orlov, and Elizabeth's death --
The brief reign of Peter III --
Dura! --
We ourselves know not what we did --
Empress of Russia. Coronation --
The government and the church --
Serfdom --
Madame Orlov could never be Empress of Russia --
The death of Ivan VI --
Catherine and the Enlightenment --
The Nakaz --
All free estates of the realm --
The king we have made --
The first partition of Poland and the first Turkish War --
Doctors, smallpox, and plague --
The return of Peter the Third --
The last days of the Marquis de Pugachev --
Potemkin and Favoritism. Vasilchikov --
Catherine and Potemkin : Passion --
Potemkin ascending --
Catherine and Potemkin : separation --
New relationships --
Favorites --
My name is Catherine the Second. Catherine, Paul, and Natalia --
Paul, Maria, and the succession --
Potemkin: builder and diplomat --
Crimean journey and Potemkin villages --
The Second Turkish War and the death of Potemkin --
Art, architecture, and the bronze horseman --
They are capable of hanging their king from a lamppost! --
Dissent in Russia, final partition of Poland --
Twilight --
The death of Catherine the Great.
Responsibility: Robert K. Massie.


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