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    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREATFirst things first that wasn’t my real name The Empress Elizabeth who was Peter the Great’s daughter now that is a man who truly deserves “the Great” after his name

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    Firstly to answer your most pressing uestion regarding Catherine the Great the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796 No she did not die having sex with a horseMoreover if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor Robert K Massie’s Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman will not satiate your deviant interest it certainly di

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    Like probably every woman of note in history open about and unashamed of her sexuality Catherine the Great is prim

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    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of R

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    Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German

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    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography of Catherine the Great Massie's writing is clear brisk and kept the story moving throughout What I really enjoyed was how he took the time and trouble to show how

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    I am impressed Catherine the Great lived from 1729 1796 She was 14 when she first came to Russia This book cover

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    This book is hard to place on a scale At times it’s a 5 and other times it’s a 2 or even a 1 After some debating in my head I’m going to give it a 35 but it’s not enough to round it up to a 4 This book started off as a 5 and I loved it The story of Catherine then Sophia growing up being picked as the bride for the heir to the Russian Empire and her years spent in Russia was great Massie interspaced ent

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    She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire the largest on earth Her signature inscribed on a decree was law and if she chose could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects She was inte

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    Whew What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman If you have an interest in Catherine the Great this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire When the audiobook has 19 chapters which are just over an hour in length you know you are getting your book's worth of material My interest is still piued in Russian h

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R 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 Catherine's family friends ministers generals lovers and enemies all are here vividly brought to life History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great In this book an eternally fascinating woman is returned to lifeA compelling portrait not just of a Russia. This one was clearly a win for me as a biography of Catherine the Great Massie s writing is clear brisk and kept the story moving throughout What I really enjoyed was how he took the time and trouble to show how Catherine carried forward the reforms begun by Peter the Great and was a monarch who overcame a great deal of adversity to overcome the obstacles of not being Russian being a woman and a usurper to boot most biographies focus on her time before becoming empress andor her lovers while Massie does look closely at several of them he also wisely discards the wild rumours and looks at what Catherine actually did While I did receive an ARC of this I still intend to buy a copy of the finished edition This one gets five stars from me and a hearty recommendation for anyone interested in Tsarist history For the longer review please go here Homewrecker rebellion foreign wars and the tidal wave of political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution Catherine's family friends ministers generals lovers and enemies all are here vividly brought to life History offers few stories Make your own model forts & castles richer than that of Catherine the Great In this book an eternally fascinating woman is Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury returned to lifeA compelling portrait not just of a Russia. This one was clearly a win for me as a biography of Catherine the Great Massie s writing is clear brisk and kept the story moving throughout What I How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim really enjoyed was how he took the time and trouble to show how Catherine carried forward the Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic rumours and looks at what Catherine actually did While I did A Daddy for Christmas recommendation for anyone interested in Tsarist history For the longer Banned in Britain review please go here

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Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman

N titan but also of a flesh and blood woman Newsweek An absorbing satisfying biography Los Angeles TimesJuicy and suspenseful The New York Times Book Review A great life indeed and irresistibly told Salon NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times The Washington Post USA Today The Boston Globe San Francisco Chronicle Chicago Tribune NewsweekThe Daily Beast Salon Vogue St Louis Post Dispatch The Providence Journal Washington Examiner South Florida Sun Sentinel BookPage Bookreporter Publishers Week. She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire the largest on earth Her signature inscribed on a decree was law and if she chose could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects She was intelligent well read and a shrewd judge of character During the coup she had shown determination and courage once on the throne she displayed an open mind willingness to forgive and a political morality founded on rationality and practical efficiency She softened imperial presence with a sense of humor and a uick tongue indeed with Catherine than any other monarch of her day there was always a wide latitude for humor There was also a line not to be crossed even by close friendsI knew almost nothing about Catherine the Great before reading this book Now that I ve finished it all I say is damn this lady was impressive It would have been easy for this book to be a never ending litany of reasons Catherine s life sucked but even as Massie details all the tragic aspects of Catherine s life we never get the sense that we should feel too sad because her personal strength and character shine through clearly no matter what hell she happens to be going through at the time And she went through a lot of shit in her lifetime Catherine was fourteen when she was brought to Russia to marry the nephew of the Empress Elizabeth who was unmarried and despite numerous affairs throughout her reign didn t have a child of her own to be her heir So she brought Peter of Holstein to Russia at the age of fourteen to make him her heir instead and Catherine was shipped over that s the most accurate way to describe it in a hurry so they could get married and Elizabeth could officially make Peter her successor Due mostly to the fact that he d been uprooted from his home and controlled by sadistic tutors for most of his life Peter was an unpleasant little shit and he and Catherine disliked each other It didn t help either that they didn t have sex for nine years after their marriage shades of Marie Antoinette or that Elizabeth was intensely protective of Peter and had Catherine spied on every waking minute even going so far as to dismiss any servants that Catherine got too friendly with When Catherine finally had her first child the father was almost certainly not her husband Elizabeth had the child taken to her own rooms the second it was born Catherine didn t see her newborn son for an entire week after giving birth to him and after that she was barely allowed to see himSo it s understandable that as soon as Elizabeth died and Peter got the throne Catherine put up with that for about five minutes and then it was coup d etat o clock or accurately her friends in the military were like Hey Catherine if you feel like overthrowing your lame husband we ll totally back you up and she was like Might as well Fetch my Usurping GownOnce Catherine becomes empress everything gets awesome Massie s book may portray her in an overly glowing light but as far as I can tell Catherine was an ideal ruler She worked from six am to ten pm often went days without sleeping or eating and genuinely wanted the best for her people She spent months organizing and revising a codex of laws expanded the empire improved hospitals and medical practices in the country and tried to abolish serfdom all while maintaining affairs with a succession of handsome and charming men all of whom were in their mid twenties even when Catherine was in her fifties Get it girl She made permanent improvements to Russia and its people and it s easy to forget that she technically stole her throne and wasn t even born Russian She was a complex utterly competent woman who managed to take a terrible situation and make it awesome and then become one of the greatest women in history Comparisons to Elizabeth I are inevitable and thankfully Massie avoids them almost entirely This book could have easily dissolved into here s why Catherine was similar to Elizabeth and other famous female rulers and here s why they were different etc and I was very glad that Massie didn t take the book in that direction Other historical figures come and go here such as Louis XVI Voltaire and even the founder of the US Navy John Paul Jones but minus one over long detour into the French Revolution Catherine always remains the center of the book s focus As she should be She s certainly earned it Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic read and a shrewd judge of character During the coup she had shown determination and courage once on the throne she displayed an open mind willingness to forgive and a political morality founded on A Daddy for Christmas reading this book Now that I ve finished it all I say is damn this lady was impressive It would have been easy for this book to be a never ending litany of Banned in Britain reasons Catherine s life sucked but even as Massie details all the tragic aspects of Catherine s life we never get the sense that we should feel too sad because her personal strength and character shine through clearly no matter what hell she happens to be going through at the time And she went through a lot of shit in her lifetime Catherine was fourteen when she was brought to Russia to marry the nephew of the Empress Elizabeth who was unmarried and despite numerous affairs throughout her Hour of the Beast reign didn t have a child of her own to be her heir So she brought Peter of Holstein to Russia at the age of fourteen to make him her heir instead and Catherine was shipped over that s the most accurate way to describe it in a hurry so they could get married and Elizabeth could officially make Peter her successor Due mostly to the fact that he d been uprooted from his home and controlled by sadistic tutors for most of his life Peter was an unpleasant little shit and he and Catherine disliked each other It didn t help either that they didn t have sex for nine years after their marriage shades of Marie Antoinette or that Elizabeth was intensely protective of Peter and had Catherine spied on every waking minute even going so far as to dismiss any servants that Catherine got too friendly with When Catherine finally had her first child the father was almost certainly not her husband Elizabeth had the child taken to her own Dictionary Of Dreams rooms the second it was born Catherine didn t see her newborn son for an entire week after giving birth to him and after that she was barely allowed to see himSo it s understandable that as soon as Elizabeth died and Peter got the throne Catherine put up with that for about five minutes and then it was coup d etat o clock or accurately her friends in the military were like Hey Catherine if you feel like overthrowing your lame husband we ll totally back you up and she was like Might as well Fetch my Usurping GownOnce Catherine becomes empress everything gets awesome Massie s book may portray her in an overly glowing light but as far as I can tell Catherine was an ideal The Love of a Latino ruler She worked from six am to ten pm often went days without sleeping or eating and genuinely wanted the best for her people She spent months organizing and Other Days, Other Eyes revising a codex of laws expanded the empire improved hospitals and medical practices in the country and tried to abolish serfdom all while maintaining affairs with a succession of handsome and charming men all of whom were in their mid twenties even when Catherine was in her fifties Get it girl She made permanent improvements to Russia and its people and it s easy to forget that she technically stole her throne and wasn t even born Russian She was a complex utterly competent woman who managed to take a terrible situation and make it awesome and then become one of the greatest women in history Comparisons to Elizabeth I are inevitable and thankfully Massie avoids them almost entirely This book could have easily dissolved into here s why Catherine was similar to Elizabeth and other famous female Deception Island rulers and here s why they were different etc and I was very glad that Massie didn t take the book in that direction Other historical figures come and go here such as Louis XVI Voltaire and even the founder of the US Navy John Paul Jones but minus one over long detour into the French Revolution Catherine always The Family remains the center of the book s focus As she should be She s certainly earned it

review Æ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ð Robert K. Massie

A tale of power perseverance and passion a great story in the hands of a master storyteller The Wall Street Journal The Pulitzer Prize winning author of Peter the Great Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece of narrative biography the extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable powerful and captivating women in history Born into a minor noble family Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination For thirty fou. Like probably every woman of note in history open about and unashamed of her sexuality Catherine the Great is primarily remembered as a power and man hungry salacious perverted woman Try googling her name and see how high on the list of the results is the ever pressing uestion Did she really sleep with a horse Does anyone care about her accomplishments in politics art and science Not really But her sexual exploits Oh YESThat s why I appreciate Robert K Massie s Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman so much It is an honest frank compassionate account of this superbly intelligent and deeply dedicated to her adoptive country woman s lifeAs expected from a biography of a monarch this work is pretty heavy on historical details I won t lie I skimmed over a good uarter of the book not desiring to read much about domestic and foreign policies wars legislation and reforms Thankfully the details of Catherine s personal life had me glued to the pages of this hefty work She was brought to Russia at the age of 14 married to a man unable to rid her of her virginity for years just like Marie Antoinette and thus encouraged to take a lover and get pregnant by him to finally produce an heir to the Russian throne which made me think how many kings emperors and princes who were assumed to belong to various royal dynasties had actual bloodDNA claim to them not many methinks deposed her own husband and usurped the power And of course all those lovers oh my 12 in total throughout her life by Massie s count Ironically her husband was not one of the 12It is easy to sensationalize these facts of Catherine s life and use them to condemn her But the reality is most of what she did was motivated by Catherine s desire to serve Russia be that by producing a very necessary heir when her husband was unable to do so due to psychological or physical issues or by removing the same incapable husband from the throne As for the lovers as a woman of high intellect and high power Catherine was never able to find a man emotionally politically and intellectually eual to her Thus can be explained her harem of young favorites she settled for in the later years of her life to uench her loneliness mostly I finished this biography feeling a lot of respect for Catherine a progressive smart responsible woman But I felt sad on her behalf too She might have succeeded as a monarch but her personal desires of being a mother and having a dedicated life partner were never completely fulfilled