As a woman, Princess Dorothea Lieven, wife to the Russian ambassador in London from 1812 to 1834, was debarred from having any formal power in the world of international diplomacy. But as mistress of, among others, Metternich, Lord Grey, the Duke of Wellington, the Earl of Aberdeen, Lord Palmerston and a favourite of George IV, she mixed sex with politics, using her intimate relationships with the great men of Europe to further Russia's aims. In a sweeping narrative moving from St. Petersburg to London and Paris and back, "The Princess and the Politicians" relates the riveting political history of Europe in the wake of the Napoleonic wars, and paints a portrait of a spirited, fascinating woman who sought to influence the destiny of nations by playing the men at their own game.
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‘Densely researched and elegantly written . . . This is a major work of historical revisionism’ -- Spectator
‘Very assured . . . Charmley’s fascinating book provides the first psychologically convincing portrait of Dorothea’ -- Sunday Times
‘[A] skilled and witty account . . . Charmley writes about post-Napoleonic Europe with clarity and expertise’ -- Sunday Telegraph
John Charmley is professor of modern history at the University of East Anglia. He is the author of seven previous books which include Churchill: The End of Glory and most recently Splendid Isolation? Britain, the Balance of Power and the Origins of the Great War 1874-1914. John Charmley lives in Harleston, Norfolk.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140289712