Catherine the Great Portrait of a Woman hours minutesPulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at and became one of the most powerful women in history Born into minor German nobility she transf
23 hours, 52 minutesPulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history Born into minor German nobility, she transformed herself into an empress by sheer determination Possessing a brilliant, curious mind, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers, and reaching the throne, tri23 hours, 52 minutesPulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history Born into minor German nobility, she transformed herself into an empress by sheer determination Possessing a brilliant, curious mind, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers, and reaching the throne, tried using their principles to rule the vast, backward empire She knew or corresponded with notable figures of her time Voltaire, Diderot, Frederick the Great, Maria Theresa of Austria, Marie Antoinette John Paul Jones Wanting to be the benevolent despot Montesquieu idealized, she contended with the deeply ingrained realities of Russian life, including serfdom She persevered, and for 34 years the government, foreign policy, cultural development and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands She dealt with domestic rebellion, wars the tides of political change and violence inspired by the French Revolution Her reputation depended on the perspective of the speaker She was praised by Voltaire as like the classical philosophers She was condemned by enemies, mostly foreign, as the Messalina of the north Her family, friends, ministers, generals, lovers and enemies are vividly described These included her ambitious, scheming mother her weak, bullying husband, Peter who left her sexually untouched for nine years after their marriage her unhappy son heir, Paul her beloved grandchildren and her favorites the young men from whom she sought companionship and the recapture of youth as well as sex Here, too, is Gregory Potemkin, her most significant lover possible husband, with whom she shared a correspondence of love separation, followed by 17 years of unparalleled mutual achievement All the qualities that Massie brought to Nicholas Alexandra and Peter the Great are present historical accuracy, deep understanding, felicity of style, mastery of detail, ability to shatter myth a genius for finding and expressing a human drama.
Catherine the Great Catherine II Russian Yekaterina Alekseyevna May O.S April November O.S November , also known as Catherine the Great , Yekaterina Velikaya , born Princess Sophie of Anhalt Zerbst, was Empress of Russia from until Catherine the Great film Catherine the Great is a television movie based on the life of Catherine II of Russia.It stars Catherine Zeta Jones as Catherine, Jeanne Moreau as Empress Elizabeth and Omar Sharif as Alexis Razumovsky The Monument to Catherine the Great in St Petersburg Monument to Catherine the Great This monument to Catherine the Great was unveiled in The Empress was adored by the people of St Petersburg for all her efforts to improve the life and education provided by the city and her reign has long seen been known as the golden age of Russia. Biography of Catherine the Great of Russia Saint Petersburg Renowned as Catherine the Great, Empress of all the Russias, this remarkable woman was neither Russian nor originally named Catherine Born Sophie Friederike Auguste from Anhalt Zerbst, she was indeed a princess, but one that came from an obscure and impoverished German duchy. Helen Mirren to Star in Miniseries Catherine the Great HBO Catherine the Great is the latest project in the partnership between HBO and Sky the network behind The Young Pope and will begin filming later this year.It is produced by Origin Pictures and New Pictures and will be made available on HBO in the US and distributed to Canada through Bell Media. Catherine II, the Great Enlightenment Revolution Catherine II, the Great Empress of Russia Catherine II ruled Russia from , during a period of unprecedented growth of empire Astute and autocratic, she expanded Russian dominions, overhauled administrative structures, and vigorously pursued Westernization policies. Catherine II Accomplishments, Education Enlightenment Empress of Russia Catherine II, often called Catherine the Great, became empress consort of Russia when her husband, Peter III, ascended to the throne following the death of his aunt, Elizabeth First Look Helen Mirren as Catherine the Great in HBO The first look at Helen Mirren in HBO s historical limited series Catherine the Great debuted online Wednesday The first look image shows Mirren as Empress Catherine in her private quarters. Catherine the Great nndb Catherine II, surnamed the Great, Empress of Russia, was the daughter of Christian Augustus, prince of Anhalt Zerbst, and his wife, Johanna Elizabeth of Holstein Gottorp The exact date and place of her birth have been disputed, but there appears to be no reason to doubt that she was right in Catherine s RestaurantCatherine s Restaurant The menu This charming gem, in Unionville, at the heart of Chester County horse country, exudes a warm and welcoming ambiance along with a superb New American menu.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman ¦ Robert K. Massie 295 Robert K. Massie
Title: Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman ¦ Robert K. Massie