Catherine II, Empress of all the Russias, is one of the handfull of rulers who have been popularly called "the Great". During her more than 30-year reign she was a politician, diplomat, commander-in-chief, educator, builder, picture-collector, dramatist, lover, mother, writer of fairy stories, and an indefatigable correspondent. Yet this woman who at the age of 33, after 17 years of unhappy marriage, placed her deposed and murdered husband's crown on her own head, had begun life as a minor German princess, with nothing to indicate that she would become one of the most influential of all the 18th century rulers. This book tries to balance both her private and public life, in an attempt to show how she came to dominate so vast an empire. The author's previous work includes "The Flowering of the Renaissance", "Napoleon", and "Louis and Antoinette".
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Vincent Cronin was educated at Ampleforth College, Harvard University, and Trinity College, Oxford, from which he graduated with honours in 1947. In addition to being a recipient of a W.H. Heinemann Award (1955) and a Rockefeller Foundation Award (1958), Cronin is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. His works have been widely translated into European languages. He died in January 2011, aged 86.
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Book Description Collins Pub San Francisco, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2720353