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By Virginia Rounding

From the acclaimed writer of Grandes Horizontales comes a e-book that the Washington Post calls "a bright portrait of a sensual and highbrow woman."

Dutiful daughter, passionate lover, doting grandmother, tireless legislator, beneficiant buyer of artists and philosophers---Empress Catherine II used to be these types of issues, and extra. Her reign, the longest in Russian imperial background, lasted from 1762 until eventually her demise in 1796; in the course of those years she learned Peter the Great's ambition to set up Russia as a big eu strength and to remodel its new capital, St. Petersburg, right into a urban to rival Paris and London.

Yet Catherine was once now not Russian through start and had no valid declare to the Russian throne; she seized it and hung on to it, via wars, rebellions, and plagues, via the strength of her character and an unshakable trust in her personal future. utilizing Catherine's personal correspondence, in addition to modern money owed by means of courtiers, ambassadors, and international viewers, Virginia Rounding penetrates the nature of this strong, interesting, and strangely sympathetic eighteenth-century figure.

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