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Authors: Robert K. Massie

Tags: #Non-Fiction, #History, #Biography, #Politics

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

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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.
p. cm.
eISBN: 978-1-58836-044-1
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.
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170
.M
34 2011   2011015279
947′.063092—dc22 [B]

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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)

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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

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