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Love & conquest : personal correspondence of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigory Potemkin

Author: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Grigoriĭ Aleksandrovich Potemkin, kni︠a︡zʹ; Douglas Smith
Publisher: DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, ©2004.
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"Of all of history's great romances, few can compare with that of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigory Potemkin. Their turbulent and complicated relationship shocked their contemporaries and continues to intrigue observers of Russia centuries later. Lovers, companions, and, most likely, husband and wife, Catherine and Potemkin were also close political partners, and for a time Potemkin served as Catherine's de
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Genre/Form: Records and correspondence
Correspondence
Named Person: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Grigoriĭ Aleksandrovich Potemkin, kni︠a︡zʹ; Catherine, Empress of Russia; Grigoriĭ Aleksandrovich Potemkin, kni︠a︡zʹ
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Catherine, Empress of Russia; Grigoriĭ Aleksandrovich Potemkin, kni︠a︡zʹ; Douglas Smith
ISBN: 0875803245 9780875803241
OCLC Number: 53903660
Language Note: Translated from the Russian.
Notes: Translation of and selections from: Ekaterina II i G.A. Potemkin : lichnai︠a︡ perepiska 1769-1791. Moskva : Nauka, 1997.
Description: liv, 421 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Ardent zeal, sincere confessions, 1769-1774 --
Lovers, 1774-1775 --
Breaking up, 1776 --
Partners, 1777-1781 --
Annexing the Crimea, 1782-1783 --
Southern visions, 1784-1787 --
War, 1787 --
The siege of Ochakov, 1788 --
A gallant campaign, the Count's betrayal and Blackie, 1789 --
One paw out of the mud, 1790 --
Death on the Steppe, 1791.
Other Titles: Correspondence.
Love and conquest
Responsibility: edited and translated by Douglas Smith.
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"Of all of history's great romances, few can compare with that of Catherine the Great and Prince Grigory Potemkin. Their turbulent and complicated relationship shocked their contemporaries and continues to intrigue observers of Russia centuries later. Lovers, companions, and, most likely, husband and wife, Catherine and Potemkin were also close political partners, and for a time Potemkin served as Catherine's de facto co-ruler of the Russian Empire. Their letters offer an intimate glimpse into the lovers' unguarded moments, revealing both ecstatic expressions of love and candid insights on eighteenth-century politics."

"Beginning with Potemkin's initial letter to Catherine written while off fighting the Turks in 1769 and concluding with his farewell note scribbled the day before his death in 1791, the correspondence spans most of Catherine's reign. The letters are at once personal and political, private and public. Many of Catherine's love letters to Potemkin written during their stormy affair reveal the empress's passionate personality. Potemkin's letters provide rare insight into his arrogant and mercurial character, while serving to dispel the myth of Potemkin as little more than a corrupt sycophant."--Jacket.

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