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Elizabeth and Catherine: Empresses of All the Russias

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Imperial Russia is brought brilliantly to life in a glittering mosaic of color. The sagas of the most incredible rulers ever to perch on a throne are interwoven to present a story as action-packed, suspenseful & scandalous as any bestseller could hope to be. Filled with facts that would be scoffed at in fiction, scintillating with portraits of a multitude of people as ...more
Hardcover, 347 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Putnam
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Pinky
Sep 14, 2007 Pinky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful retelling of two of the strongest women in Russia's history. The author obviously did a lot or research, even reading letters written by the Czarinas, and used them to enlighten the reader into the personality and lives of the egnimatic queens.
E Wilson
Sep 18, 2016 E Wilson rated it it was amazing
I had of course heard of Peter the Great and Catherine the Great, but not too much about them or their period in history so this book increased my knowledge greatly.
I thought it interesting that Peter divorced his first wife and married Catherine, a commoner who was somewhat of a camp follower that had been the mistress of several of his military
officers. She must have been an extraordinary woman. After his death, she ruled until she died.

When Catherine died, several of Peter's half brother's
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Meredith
Jul 11, 2008 Meredith rated it it was amazing
This one has more universal appeal than the previous, Catherine the Great. This is shorter and has accompanying time lines and a cast of characters reference page that makes it easier to keep all those foreign names straight.
Dayle
Jun 16, 2016 Dayle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very readable story for non-fiction, the author even makes asides as the events may relate to current (at least at the time of printing) events.
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Jun 26, 2013 Rosemarie Mcnamara rated it really liked it
I read this in the late 70s and found it very interesting. It is my motivation to read the newer biography, Catherine the Great, Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie.
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I liked this more than I expected to. Catherine the Great was an interesting woman.
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“And so Catherine's thoughts - as would the thoughts of any woman in such a quandary - turned to shopping: to the art dealers and markets of europe.” 0 likes
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