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Catherine the Great
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie

The fascinating true story behind HBO's Catherine the Great starring Dame Helen Mirren as Catherine the Great.

Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution.

Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies – vividly and triumphantly to life.

History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Modern History
08 Aug 2019 * 800pp * £12 * 9781789544534
'A biographer with the instincts of a novelist'
New York Times
'A masterful portrait of a majestic monarch'
Publishers Weekly
'A sensitive and compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman'
Robert K. Massie
Robert K. Massie
Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.
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