Catherine the Great : portrait of a woman /

This narrative biography tells the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who traveled to Russia at fourteen and rose to become one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into Empress of Russi...

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Main Author: Massie, Robert K., 1929- (Author)
Format: Book
Published:New York : Random House, [2011]
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Table of Contents:
  • A German Princess. Sophia's childhood
  • Summoned to Russia
  • Frederick II and the journey to Russia
  • Empress Elizabeth
  • The making of a grand duke
  • Meeting Elizabeth and Peter
  • Pneumonia
  • Intercepted letters
  • Conversion and betrothal
  • A pilgrimage to Kiev and transvestite balls
  • Smallpox
  • Marriage
  • Johanna goes home
  • A Painful Marriage. The Zhukova affair
  • Peepholes
  • A watchdog
  • He was not a king
  • In the bedroom
  • A house collapses
  • Summer pleasures
  • Dismissals at court
  • Moscow and the country
  • Choglokov makes an enemy and Peter survives a plot
  • A bath before Easter and a coachman's whip
  • Oysters and an actor
  • Reading, dancing, and a betrayal
  • Seduction, Motherhood, and Confrontation. Saltykov
  • The birth of the heir
  • Retaliation
  • The English ambassador
  • A diplomatic earthquake
  • Poniatowski
  • A dead rat, an absent lover, and a risky proposal
  • Catherine challenges Brockdorff; she gives a party
  • Apraskin's retreat
  • Catherine's daughter
  • The fall of Bestuzhev
  • A gamble
  • Confrontation
  • A menage a quatre
  • The Time has Come! Panin, Orlov, and Elizabeth's death
  • The brief reign of Peter III
  • Dura!
  • We ourselves know not what we did
  • Empress of Russia. Coronation
  • The government and the church
  • Serfdom
  • Madame Orlov could never be Empress of Russia
  • The death of Ivan VI
  • Catherine and the Enlightenment
  • The Nakaz
  • All free estates of the realm
  • The king we have made
  • The first partition of Poland and the first Turkish War
  • Doctors, smallpox, and plague
  • The return of Peter the Third
  • The last days of the Marquis de Pugachev
  • Potemkin and Favoritism. Vasilchikov
  • Catherine and Potemkin : Passion
  • Potemkin ascending
  • Catherine and Potemkin : separation
  • New relationships
  • Favorites
  • My name is Catherine the Second. Catherine, Paul, and Natalia
  • Paul, Maria, and the succession
  • Potemkin: builder and diplomat
  • Crimean journey and Potemkin villages
  • The Second Turkish War and the death of Potemkin
  • Art, architecture, and the bronze horseman
  • They are capable of hanging their king from a lamppost!
  • Dissent in Russia, final partition of Poland
  • Twilight
  • The death of Catherine the Great.