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Catherine the Great : love, sex and power

Author: Virginia Rounding
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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A portrait of the late eighteenth-century Russian ruler discusses how she seized and kept the throne in spite of her illegitimate claim and a series of wars, rebellions, and plagues, tracing how she rendered Russia a major European power.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Catherine, Empress of Russia
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Virginia Rounding
ISBN: 9780312328870 0312328877
OCLC Number: 76871519
Notes: Originally published: London : Hutchinson, 2006.
Description: xxv, 566 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill., col. ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: From Feudal Anthill to the Court of Russia --
Engagement and wedding --
Early married life --
Catherine grows up --
Sir Charles Hanbury-Williams and Stanislas Poniatowski --
Empress of all the Russias --
Murder, coronation and conspiracy --
Catherine sets to work --
Laws, smallpox and war --
The heroic Orlov --
Confusion and unrest --
Passion and pretenders --
New lovers and a new daughter-in-law --
Grandsons and other acquisitions --
The empress and the emperor --
The failures of physicians --
Convalescence and recovery --
The great Crimean Voyage, and 'proverbs' in Petersburg --
The beginning of the end --
Last years --
Death and burial.
Responsibility: Virginia Rounding.
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A portrait of the late eighteenth-century Russian ruler discusses how she seized and kept the throne in spite of her illegitimate claim and a series of wars, rebellions, and plagues, tracing how she rendered Russia a major European power.

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