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Catherine the Great

Portrait of a Woman

Robert K. Massie

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Head of Zeus
24 September 2019
Biography: historical, political & military; Biography: royalty; History; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most powerful women in history.

The fascinating true story behind HBO's Catherine the Great starring Dame Helen Mirren as Catherine the Great.

Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For thirty-four years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution. Robert K. Massie brings an eternally fascinating woman together with her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies - vividly and triumphantly to life. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great.
By:   Robert K. Massie
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Reissue
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781789544534
ISBN 10:   178954453X
Pages:   800
Publication Date:   24 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Robert K. Massie was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1929. He studied American History at Yale University and Modern European History at Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes scholar. He lives in Irvington, New York.

Reviews for Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

'A sensitive and compelling portrait not just of a Russian titan, but also of a flesh-and-blood woman' Newsweek. 'A masterful portrait of a majestic monarch' Publishers Weekly. 'A biographer with the instincts of a novelist' New York Times.


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