Catherine The Great -

Catherine The Great

Love, Sex, and Power



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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.

Product code: 9780099462347

ISBN 9780099462347
Publisher Cornerstone
No. Of Pages 608
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129xS38

Power, sex, and politics: the fascinating rule of one of Russia's most significant monarchs

Catherine the Great ruled Russia from 1762 until 1796.