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Description - Catherine The Great by Virginia Rounding

Power politics and sexual politics combine in the life of an extraordinary woman who ruled Russia from 1762 until her death in 1796.

Many legends have grown up about the sexual rapacity of Catherine the Great. While it is true that she shocked the Russian court with the number and age of her lovers, there is no truth in the rumour of her death by stallion. Unhappily married to the Grand Duke Peter, a man who preferred to play with his toy soldiers in the bedroom, they failed to produce an heir, and Catherine turned her attentions to a certain Sergey Saltykov who fathered the future Tsar Paul I. Six months into the reign of Peter III, Catherine, supported by the Imperial Guard, staged a successful coup against her husband and became Empress. It was her ambition to transform a vast but semi-barbaric country with the cultural and political reforms of Enlightenment Europe. In this timely and fascinating biography, Virginia Rounding reveals an extraordinary woman in all her complexity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780099462347
ISBN-10: 0099462346
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 38mm)
Pages: 608
Imprint: Arrow Books Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Virginia Rounding

Virginia Rounding is the author of Les Grandes Horizontales (2003), is fluent in French and Russian (vital for the source material of her new book). She lives in London (EC1).

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