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

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.

Head of Zeus * Biography
17 Jul 2012 * 800pp * £5.99 * 9781908800947
REVIEWS
'A biographer with the instincts of a novelist'
New York Times
'A masterful, intimate and tantalising 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'
Newsweek
'This really is a remarkably well-judged volume ... including such a high level of detail without allowing the narrative to sag is an impressive feat and this book can be heartily recommended as a result'
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Author
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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