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Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman

READ Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie Ö 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ê Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman N titan but also of a flesh and blood woman Newsweek An absorbing satisfying biography Los Angeles TimesJuicy and suspenseful The New York Times Book Review A great life indeed and irresistibly told Salon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times The Washington Post USA Today The Boston Globe San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune NewsweekThe Daily Beast Salon Vogue St Louis Post Dispatch The Providence Journal Washington Examiner South Florida Sun Sentinel BookPage Bookreporter Publishers Week. This book is hard to place on a scale At times it s a 5 and other times it s a 2 or even a 1 After some debating in my head I m going to give it a 35 but it s not enough to round it up to a 4 This book started off as a 5 and I loved it The story of Catherine then Sophia growing up being picked as the bride for the heir to the Russian Empire and her years spent in Russia was great Massie interspaced entries from her own memoirs into these years and it really added a great personal flavor to the history Granted I didn t know that story going into this book but it s a very interesting look at a girl getting out from under her family and turning into a strong womanThen Catherine becomes Empress and the book takes a huge nose dive Just when I thought it was going to really get interesting Instead of continuing the solid chronological narrative the author suddenly decides to tackle broad topics related to Catherine s reign her legal code book her various lovers Poland philosophy art etc All important things to her rule but it s a very jarring switch Plus he bounces around in the timeline until I have no real sense of when these things are happening The cr me de la cr me occurs when suddenly there s a chapter on the French revolution and the death penaltyThe author eventually jumps back towards a chronological narrative but he never recovers the strength of the beginning There s still a lot of year jumping so that it feels like you learn about something only to go back in time and build the years up to it Not the smoothest read for sure and while I was interesting in the historical events I never felt like I got a solid look at Catherine s full reign as EmpressBefore you know it Catherine is an old woman Like I really had a holy shit moment of why is her health failing suddenly What do you mean she s in her 60s and her grandson is like 17 and people think she wants him to be heir HE WAS JUST BORN Then she s gone and that s the book I really could have used a legacy chapter here or even a little bit of what happened next to the familyHonestly I think Massie tried to tackle too much in one book It s understandable given her amazing life and the interesting journey she took to the Russian throne It was definitely a 5 star read for me I wish he would have sorted out her life as Empress and folded broad issue topics into the narrative as they occurred as a second book I can recommend the first part of this book If you want to learn about Catherine pre Empress it is definitely an intriguing story Just don t expect to be too excited about her life as Empress The Substitute Bride hard to place on a scale At times it s a 5 and other times it s a 2 or even a 1 After some debating in my The English Wife head I m going to give it a 35 but it s not enough to round it up to a 4 This book started off as a 5 and I loved it The story of Catherine then Sophia growing up being picked as the bride for the The Octopus Museum her years spent in Russia was great Massie interspaced entries from Blood in the Dust her own memoirs into these years and it really added a great personal flavor to the Living to Tell the Tale A Guide to Writing Memoir history Granted I didn t know that story going into this book but it s a very interesting look at a girl getting out from under The volunteer her family and turning into a strong womanThen Catherine becomes Empress and the book takes a Sweet and Sour Milk Variations on the Theme of An African Dictatorship #1 huge nose dive Just when I thought it was going to really get interesting Instead of continuing the solid chronological narrative the author suddenly decides to tackle broad topics related to Catherine s reign The Ultimate Guide to Upcycling her legal code book Milk and Honey her various lovers Poland philosophy art etc All important things to Incarcerated Visions of California in the 21st Century her rule but it s a very jarring switch Plus Rezad por los difuntos he bounces around in the timeline until I Shriman Yogi श्रीमान योगी have no real sense of when these things are Kitchen Table Tarot Pull Up a Chair Shuffle the Cards and Let's Talk Tarot happening The cr me de la cr me occurs when suddenly there s a chapter on the French revolution and the death penaltyThe author eventually jumps back towards a chronological narrative but Sir Alex - 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READ Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie Ö 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ê Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman R 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 Catherine's family friends ministers generals lovers and enemies all are here vividly brought to life History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great In this book an eternally fascinating woman is returned to lifeA compelling portrait not just of a Russia. Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful and captivating women in historyI had previously read Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra which was wonderful and I was really interested in reading about Catherine the GreatMassie did extensive research on this book It is Catherine s detailed and excellent memoirs and letters from which Massie uotes liberally which make it possible for him to write such a wonderful detailed portrait of this Woman and her time in history Mr Massie writes elegantly and knows how to get the readers attention and I found myself totally invested in this story and its characters I loved reading this book and really learned so much I spent a lot of time googing places and palaces in Russia that I was totally side tracked for much of the novel I did finish the book feeling some compassion for Catherine and her life at court but I was stunned at the opulence and behaviour of those within the Russian courtLovers of history will not be disappointed with this extensively researched and easy to read story that flows from beginning to end Report an issue hands She dealt with domestic rebellion foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution Catherine's family friends ministers generals lovers and enemies all are Love is Blind here vividly brought to life History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great In this book an eternally fascinating woman is returned to lifeA compelling portrait not just of a Russia. Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful and captivating women in Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia historyI Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch #2 had previously read Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra which was wonderful and I was really interested in reading about Catherine the GreatMassie did extensive research on this book It is Catherine s detailed and excellent memoirs and letters from which Massie uotes liberally which make it possible for Catching Fire her time in The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) history Mr Massie writes elegantly and knows The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, #68) how to get the readers attention and I found myself totally invested in this story and its characters I loved reading this book and really learned so much I spent a lot of time googing places and palaces in Russia that I was totally side tracked for much of the novel I did finish the book feeling some compassion for Catherine and Incubus her life at court but I was stunned at the opulence and behaviour of those within the Russian courtLovers of The Sharpe Companion The Early Years history will not be disappointed with this extensively researched and easy to read story that flows from beginning to end

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READ Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman Robert K. Massie Ö 1 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS Ê Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman A tale of power perseverance and passion a great story in the hands of a master storyteller The Wall Street Journal The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Peter the Great Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became 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 For thirty fou. FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREATFirst things first that wasn t my real name The Empress Elizabeth who was Peter the Great s daughter now that is a man who truly deserves the Great after his name changed my name to Ekaterina when she converted me into the Russian Orthodox religion As for that superfluous title that follows my new name it was prematurely bestowed on me by the Legislative Commission that I convened to give Russia a enlightened legal code on this later I brought them together to study laws and they were busy discussing my virtues instead Imagine that I still blush with embarrassment whenever I recall the incident although I cannot say that I m thoroughly displeased with it My real name is Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt Zerbst Dornburg Yes I was a German import Many Romanov royals including my future husband Tsar Peter III are actually Germans specifically Prussians This caused some awkwardness later when we went to war against Prussia in my reign but that was still far in the future Papa was the ruler of the Anhalt Zerbst principality Some people would call him a minor aristocrat but he was still a prince nein Mama was formerly a princess of the house of Holstein Gottorp yes that s where those lovely cows come from whose late brother was affianced to the young Empress Elizabeth He died of smallpox before the wedding but Elizabeth never forgot him and when it was time to look for a spouse for the Tsarevich she naturally turned toward his family I was all of 14 years old when Elizabeth summoned Mama and me to Russia to marry Peter III I was just a tiny slip of a girl then The entirety of my trousseau consisted of three old dresses a dozen chemises a few pair of stockings and a few handkerchiefs You see Mama had spent all of the money that the empress sent for me on her own wardrobe That s Mama for you Soon after my wedding Elizabeth unceremoniously sent her back home for being a meddlesome mother in law and a clumsy Prussian secret agent I never saw her again for the rest of my life That s my husband As you can see he s not much of a catch but he s still Peter the Great s only surviving grandson and that s who I married the future Tsar of all the Russias Peter was a sickly man child who would rather play with his toy soldiers on our marital bed than with me He was not allowed to play with them during the day so they were hidden under the bed As soon as we were both in bed Madame Krause our nannysupervisor would come in and brought out the toy soldiers I couldn t even move in the bed they were so many of them Peter played with them until well after midnight and every time someone knocked at the door to check on us we had to scramble to hide the toys under the blanket It was farcical a newly married couple constantly on guard lest they be caught playing with toys But the Empress Elizabeth was not amused when years into our marriage we had not produced the heir that she was expecting from usThe fact is that my husband never touched me for the first nine years of our marriage There was a lot of speculation as to the reason why He openly told me that he was in love with another woman one of my ladies in waiting but it seemed that the relationship was similarly unconsummated Others speculated that he was just simply too physically and mentally immature to father a child Some of our learned doctors even diagnosed him with phimosis Sergei Saltykov the first of my twelve lovers oh how handsome he was convinced him to have an operation to correct the condition You see once Sergei was involved with me he became anxious of his own safety What if I got pregnant But if Peter had been known to be able to consummate our marriage who could say that Sergei was responsible It turned out that my paramour was unnecessarily worried the empress herself had instructed her minions to provide me with a reliable male for the purposes of begetting an heir and Sergei was one of those considered Anyway I soon fell pregnant resulting in Paul the long awaited Romanov heirMany people claimed to see a marked resemblance between my son and my husband not just in looks but also in their shared hobby of playing soldier But whenever I wanted to needle my son I always said that Sergei Saltykov was his father We never got on well Paul and I perhaps because I rarely saw him during his childhood The Empress Elizabeth whisked him away right after he was born smothered him with frustrated maternal love and casted me aside When my first grandson was born I contemplated bypassing Paul altogether and make him Tsar Alexander I but it was not to happenAfter the empress passed way Peter briefly got to be Tsar before he was forcibly deposed by the army who made me empress instead Peter idolized Frederick II the Prussian king who was at war with us and wanted to make peace with him The patriotic Russian people hated this radical change in foreign policy and casted their lot with me instead My then boyfriend Grigory Orlov that s him below by the way isn t he dashing and his brother made sure that Peter was mysteriously dispatched soon after and I got to gloriously rally the Russian people on horseback wearing the uniform of a colonel of the Preobrazhensky Regiment Boyfriend 3 The reign of Catherine II officially beginsI believed in the strong Russian motherland and added many territories 520000 km2 in all to Peter the Great s empire When he was only able to gain a toehold in the south I completed his conuest by defeating the ailing Turks and gaining a warm water port so crucial for Russia in the process The former Ottoman territories around the Black Sea the Ukraine and Crimea which the love of my life Grigory Potemkin administered as my Viceroy became Russian possessions I also partitioned Poland after putting my second lover Stanislaus Poniatowski on the throne of that country poor sweetie he actually didn t want to be king imagine that Boyfriend 2 On the home front I tried my best to drag Russia into the modern age Eighteen years of boredom and loneliness as an unhappily married woman gave me the opportunity to read many books I imbibed the best ideas of the Aufklarung through the writings of M Montesuieu whose ideas I pillaged for the Nakaz the new legal code that I envisioned for Russia Mr John Locke what is important than our children s education especially our girls and Signore Beccaria torture is barbaric I corresponded with the best minds in France including M Voltaire he called me The Star of the North such a sweet man and M Diderot whose work on his Encyclopedie I supported and whose library I purchased on the condition that he got to keep it during his lifetime as I thought that it would be so cruel to separate a scholar from his books M Diderot actually visited me in St Petersburg to express his gratitude the poor sickly man Unfortunately many of these progressive ideas proved to be far too advanced for the country and I had to reassert my absolute powers as the autocrat of all the Russias to prevent the total collapse of the social order particularly during the savage Pugachev rebellion That rough Cossack pretended to be my long dead husband what insolence The Benevolent Despot in actionFinally I must say for myself that as a sovereign I wanted nothing other than what was good for my country and that I had employed all the powers on my disposal to bring happiness liberty and prosperity for my subjects I am aware however that I have a number of detractors who do not hesitate to concoct lies and outright fabrications to sully my good name They alleged for example that the so called Potemkin Villages deceived me during my visit to the Crimea in 1787 My darling Grigory below mwah mwah might have put some fresh paint on some of the settlements that we passed through but he did not construct whole made up villages for my benefit And even if he did do you think that they could have fooled me and my whole entourage which included courtiers foreign diplomats and even Emperor Joseph II Boyfriend 5And as for that unspeakable much egregious fabrication let us just say that some men were troubled by the fact that there was an accomplished powerful woman on the throne and would stop at nothing to slander her Besides I had had twelve handsome young men at my beck and call what would I need a horse for

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  • Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman
  • Robert K. Massie
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  • 14 December 2018
  • 9780345408778