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By Influence and Desire: The True Story of Three Extraordinary Women--The Grand Duchess of Courtland and Her Daughters

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Hardcover, 290 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by M Evans & Co
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Jun 26, 2012 Yooperprof rated it liked it
"The Tsar was handsome in an exotic way, with high cheekbones, a Kalmuck nose set in a chubby, round face, sideburns bushy as a squirrel's tail, and a fresh complexion that resulted, supposedly, from washing his face daily with a block of ice. The imperial shoulders were heavily padded - gossips claimed one was lower than the other - and his cinched-in, wasp waist had to be seen to be believed. Since even a sovereign's buckskin breeches had be to wetted down before they were donned, His Imperial ...more
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Oct 28, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing
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If you like Jane Austen or Georgette Heyer and you want to know what upper-class life was like on the Continent during the same period, you may want to read this book. The three women who are the subject of the book were at the top of Continental society and knew "everyone who was anyone." Not a heavy biography, but one that is amusing and reads almost like a novel.
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Nov 29, 2013 Meredith rated it really liked it
It really picked up at the end. Love how the future of Europe was decided by hot messes. These were the woman who made the most powerful men in Europe hot, hot messy messes. Crazy.
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