By Virginia Rounding
From the acclaimed writer of Grandes Horizontales comes a ebook that the Washington Post calls "a brilliant portrait of a sensual and highbrow woman."
Dutiful daughter, passionate lover, doting grandmother, tireless legislator, beneficiant shopper of artists and philosophers---Empress Catherine II used to be some of these issues, and extra. Her reign, the longest in Russian imperial background, lasted from 1762 until eventually her loss of life in 1796; in the course of those years she discovered Peter the Great's ambition to set up Russia as an incredible eu energy and to rework its new capital, St. Petersburg, right into a urban to rival Paris and London.
Yet Catherine was once no longer Russian by means of delivery 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 debts by way of courtiers, ambassadors, and international viewers, Virginia Rounding penetrates the nature of this strong, interesting, and strangely sympathetic eighteenth-century figure.