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Rounding, Virginia

Catherine the Great

Love, Sex, and Power

illustrated ed

€ 28.95

From the acclaimed author of "Grandes Horizontales" comes a book that the "Washington Post" calls "a vivid portrait of a sensual and intellectual woman." Dutiful daughter, passionate lover, doting grandmother, tireless legislator, generous patron of artists and philosophers---Empress Catherine II was all these things, and more. Her reign, the longest in Russian imperial history, lasted from 1762 until her death in 1796; during these years she realized Peter the Great's ambition to establish Russia as a major European power and to transform its new capital, St. Petersburg, into a city to rival Paris and London. Yet Catherine was not Russian by birth and had no legitimate claim to the Russian throne; she seized it and held on to it, through wars, rebellions, and plagues, by the force of her personality and an unshakable belief in her own destiny. Using Catherine's own correspondence, as well as contemporary accounts by courtiers, ambassadors, and foreign visitors, Virginia Rounding penetrates the character of this powerful, fascinating, and surprisingly sympathetic eighteenth-century figure.


Taal / Language : English

Inhoudsopgave:
List of Illustrations
ix
Foreword xv
Family Tree xix
Dramatis Personae xxi
Prologue 1(6)
From Feudal Anthill to the Court of Russia
7(31)
Engagement and Wedding
38(24)
Early Married Life
62(23)
Catherine Grows Up
85(12)
Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams and Stanislas Poniatowski
97(30)
Empress of All the Russias
127(22)
Murder, Coronation and Conspiracy
149(24)
Catherine Sets to Work
173(26)
Laws, Smallpox and War
199(22)
The Heroic Orlov
221(21)
Confusion and Unrest
242(28)
Passion and Pretenders
270(28)
New Lovers and a New Daughter-in-Law
298(22)
Grandsons and Other Acquisitions
320(29)
The Empress and the Emperor
349(28)
The Failures of Physicians
377(30)
Convalescence and Recovery
407(18)
The Great Crimean Voyage, and `Proverbs` in Petersburg
425(25)
The Beginning of the End
450(14)
Last Years
464(35)
Death and Burial
499(6)
Epilogue 505(7)
Notes 512(36)
Recommendations for Further Reading 548(5)
Acknowledgements 553(2)
Index 555
Extra informatie: 
Paperback
608 pagina's
Januari 2008
215x142x41 mm
St.Martin`s Press us

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