Authors: Robert K. Massie
Tags: #Non-Fiction, #History, #Biography, #Politics
Copyright © 2011 by Robert K. Massie
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LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CATALOGING-IN-PUBLICATION DATA
Massie, Robert K.
Catherine the Great : portrait of a woman / by Robert K. Massie.
1. Catherine II, Empress of Russia, 1729–1796. 2. Empresses—Russia—Biography.
3. Russia—Kings and rulers—Biography. 4. Russia—History—Catherine II,
1762–1796. I. Title.
34 2011 2011015279
Jacket design: The Book Designers
Jacket painting: Alexei Petrovich Antropov, portrait of Grand Duchess Ekaterina Alekseyevna (the future Catherine the Great) (detail) (Bridgeman Art Library International)
Perhaps the best description of her is that she is a woman as well as an empress
—The Earl of Buckinghamshire,
British ambassador to Russia, 1762–65