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Prince of princes : the life of Potemkin

Author: Simon Sebag Montefiore
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Prince Grigory Potemkin was Catherine the Great's lover, secret husband, and partner in ruling the Russian Empire. Their affair was so tumultuous, they negotiated an arrangement that allowed them to share power while he was free to love his beautiful nieces, and Catherine, her favorites. But they never stopped loving each other. Their enduring and passionate relationship remains one of history's most remarkable
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Grigoriĭ Aleksandrovich Potemkin, kni︠a︡zʹ; Grigorij A Potemkin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Sebag Montefiore
ISBN: 0312278152 9780312278151
OCLC Number: 47243937
Notes: Originally published: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2000.
Description: xiv, 634 p., [24] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Potemkin and Catherine 1739-1762 --
1. The provincial boy --
2. The guardsman and the Grand Duchess : Catherine's coup --
3. First meeting : the Empress's reckless suitor --
pt. 2. Closer 1762-1774 --
4. Cyclops --
5. The war hero --
6. The happiest man alive --
pt. 3. Together 1774-1776 --
7. Love --
8. Power --
9. Marriage : Madame Potemkin --
10. Heartbreak and understanding --
pt. 4. The passionate partnership 1776-1777 --
11. Her favourites --
12. His nieces --
13. Dutchesses, diplomats and charlatans --
pt. 5. The Colossus 1777-1783 --
14. Byzantium --
15. The Holy Roman Emperor --
16. Three marriages and a crown --
17. Potemkin's paradise : the Crimea --
pt. 6. The Co-Tsar 1784-1786 --
18. Emperor of the south --
19. British Blackamoors and Chechen warriors --
20. Anglomania : the Benthams in Russia and the Emperor of Gardens --
21. The white Negro --
22. A day in the life of Grigory Alexandrovich --
pt. 7. The apogee, 1787-1790 --
23. The magical theatre --
24. Cleopatra --
25. The Amazons --
26. Jewish cossacks and American admirals : Potemkin's war --
27. Cry havoc : the storming of Ochakov --
28. My successes are yours --
29. The delicious and the cruel : Sardanapalus --
30. Sea of slaughter : Ismail --
pt. 8. The last dance 1791 --
31. The beautiful Greek --
32. Carnival and crisis --
33. The last ride.
Other Titles: Life of Potemkin
Responsibility: Sebag Montefiore.
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"Prince Grigory Potemkin was Catherine the Great's lover, secret husband, and partner in ruling the Russian Empire. Their affair was so tumultuous, they negotiated an arrangement that allowed them to share power while he was free to love his beautiful nieces, and Catherine, her favorites. But they never stopped loving each other. Their enduring and passionate relationship remains one of history's most remarkable love affairs." "Potemkin shone as an outstandingly gifted statesman, winning the Crimea, founding the Black Sea Fleet, reforming the Cossacks, planning new cities like Sebastopol and Odessa, and making Russia a Near Eastern power - achievements in war and peace that emulated his hero, Peter the Great.".

"He embodied the strengths and weaknesses of Russia itself - volatile, ebullient, handsome, sensual, and always astonishing. His bizarre magnificence enchanted and scandalized Europe, yet he disdained his own success." "After five years' new research in archives from Petersburg to Odessa, Sebag Montefiore shows how Potemkin and Catherine, with their younger loves, created their own "family." He blazingly brings to life Potemkin's loving partnership with Catherine and restores him to his place as a colossus of the eighteenth century. When he died, Catherine was heartbroken. She said there could never be another Potemkin."--BOOK JACKET.

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