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Catherine the Great

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By: Rounding, Virginia;

Language: English

Quality: Good

Genre: Autobiography - Biography,

ISBN: 9780099462347

SKU: BE500584853891

Pages: 592

Description: Power, sex, and politics: the fascinating rule of one of Russia's most significant monarchs Catherine the Great ruled Russia from 1762 until 1796. Famous for the legends circulated by political rivals about her sexual rapacity, some were true - though not the infamous rumour of her death by stallion. However, a conservative Russian court was shocked by her use of her sexuality as a political tool, as well as the number and age of her lovers. Unhappily married to the Grand Duke Peter, a man who preferred to play with his toy soldiers in the bedroom, they failed to produce an heir, and Catherine turned her attentions to a certain Sergey Saltykov who fathered the future Tsar Paul I. Six months into the reign of Peter III, Catherine, supported by the Imperial Guard, staged a successful coup against her husband and became Empress. It was her ambition to transform a vast but semi-barbaric country with the cultural and political reforms of Enlightenment Europe. In this fascinating biography, Virginia Rounding reveals an extraordinary woman in all her complexity.