Like probably every woman f note in history Turning the Good Girl Bad open about and unashamedf her sexuality Catherine the Great is primarily remembered as a power and man hungry salacious perverted woman Try googling her name and see how high MECANIQUE - 1ER PARTIE 2E PARTIE - 2 TOMES - 1ER PARTIE : CINEMATIQUE STATIQUE DYNAMIQUE - 2E PARTIE : RESISTANCES PASSIVES STATIQUE GRAPHIQUE RESISTANCE DES MATERIAUX CINEMATIQUE APPLIQUEE - EDITION CORRIGEE ET REIMPOSEE. on the listf the results is the ever pressing uestion Did she really sleep with a horse Does anyone care about her accomplishments in politics art and science Not really But her sexual exploits Oh YESThat s why I appreciate Robert K Massie s Catherine the Great Portrait Ravished by Desire of a Woman so much It is an honest frank compassionate accountf this superbly intelligent and deeply dedicated to her adoptive country woman s lifeAs expected from a biography A Call To Joy of a monarch this work is pretty heavyn historical details I won t lie I skimmed Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai over a good uarterf the book not desiring to read much about domestic and foreign policies wars legislation and reforms Thankfully the details The Australians Convenient Bride/The Millionaires Marriage Claim of Catherine s personal life had me glued to the pagesf this hefty work She was brought to Russia at the age The Bridesmaids Proposal of 14 married to a man unable to rid herf her virginity for years just like Marie Antoinette and thus encouraged to take a lover and get pregnant by him to finally produce an heir to the Russian throne which made me think how many kings emperors and princes who were assumed to belong to various royal dynasties had actual bloodDNA claim to them not many methinks deposed her Delaceys Angel (Regency Series, own husband and usurped the power Andf course all those lovers Miss Prims Greek Island Fling oh my 12 in total throughout her life by Massie s count Ironically her husband was notne One More Lie of the 12It is easy to sensationalize these factsf Catherine s life and use them to condemn her But the reality is most Relentless (In Too Deep of what she did was motivated by Catherine s desire to serve Russia be that by producing a very necessary heir when her husband was unable to do so due to psychologicalr physical issues Midnight Touch (Harlequin Blaze or by removing the same incapable husband from the throne As for the lovers as a womanf high intellect and high power Catherine was never able to find a man emotionally politically and intellectually eual to her Thus can be explained her harem Cracking the Coding Interview of young favorites she settled for in the later yearsf her life to uench her loneliness mostly I finished this biography feeling a lot Hidden Potential of respect for Catherine a progressive smart responsible woman But I felt sadn her behalf too She might have succeeded as a monarch but her personal desires Gravity Is the Thing of being a mother and having a dedicated life partner were never completely fulfilled Thisne was clearly a win for me as a biography Contract Law Directions of Catherine the Great Massie s writing is clear brisk and kept the story moving throughout What I really enjoyed was how he took the time and trouble to show how Catherine carried forward the reforms begun by Peter the Great and was a monarch whovercame a great deal Votre cerveau est dfinitivement extraordinaire ! - 50 nouvelles astuces de mentaliste qui vont vous changer la vie of adversity tovercome the Remarkables obstaclesf not being Russian being a woman and a usurper to boot most biographies focus Citizen Outlaw on her time before becoming empress andor her lovers while Massie does look closely at severalf them he also wisely discards the wild rumours and looks at what Catherine actually did While I did receive an ARC A Pimps Life of this I still intend to buy a copyf the finished edition This Gigolos Get Lonely Too one gets five stars from me and a hearty recommendation for anyone interested in Tsarist history For the longer review please go here She satn the throne A Winter Wonderland (A Lucy Stone Mystery, of Peter the Great and ruled an empire the largestn earth Her signature inscribed Temptation (The Hunted on a decree was law and if she chose could mean lifer death for any ne f her twenty million subjects She was intelligent well read and a shrewd judge Secret Observations on the Goat-Girl of character During the coup she had shown determination and couragence Unbound on the throne she displayed anpen mind willingness to forgive and a political morality founded An Extreme Modification (Milked by Royalty, on rationality and practical efficiency She softened imperial presence with a sensef humor and a uick tongue indeed with Catherine than any Feminized Sissy Justice, A Forced Feminization Sissy Story other monarchf her day there was always a wide latitude for humor There was also a line not to be crossed even by close friendsI knew almost nothing about Catherine the Great before reading this book Now that I ve Finished It All I it all I is damn this lady was impressive It would have been easy for this book to be a never ending litany Everlost (Skinjacker, of reasons Catherine s life sucked but even as Massie details all the tragic aspectsf Catherine s life we never get the sense that we should feel too sad because her personal strength and character shine through clearly no matter what hell she happens to be going through at the time And she went through a lot The Lennon Prophecy of shit in her lifetime Catherine was fourteen when she was brought to Russia to marry the nephewf the Empress Elizabeth who was unmarried and despite numerous affairs throughout her reign didn t have a child Japonia w sześciu smakach of herwn to be her heir So she brought Peter Aqidah Islam of Holstein to Russia at the agef fourteen to make him her heir instead and Catherine was shipped Tank! over that s the most accurate way to describe it in a hurry so they could get married and Elizabeth couldfficially make Peter her successor Due mostly to the fact that he d been uprooted from his home and controlled by sadistic tutors for most Geek Feminist Revolution of his life Peter was an unpleasant little shit and he and Catherine disliked eachther It didn t help either that they didn t have sex for nine years after their marriage shades Lucky Luciano of Marie Antoinetter that Elizabeth was intensely protective A Reader& of Peter and had Catherine spiedn every waking minute even going so far as to dismiss any servants that Catherine got too friendly with When Catherine finally had her first child the father was almost certainly not her husband Elizabeth had the child taken to her The Ladys Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness own rooms the second it was born Catherine didn t see her newborn son for an entire week after giving birth to him and after that she was barely allowed to see himSo it s understandable that as soon as Elizabeth died and Peter got the throne Catherine put up with that for about five minutes and then it was coup d etat clock Churchill or accurately her friends in the military were like Hey Catherine if you feel likeverthrowing your lame husband we ll totally back you up and she was like Might as well Fetch my Usurping GownOnce Catherine becomes empress everything gets awesome Massie s book may portray her in an verly glowing light but as far As I Can Tell I can tell was an ideal ruler She worked from six am to ten pm ften went days without sleeping Jean-Paul Sartre or eating and genuinely wanted the best for her people She spent monthsrganizing and revising a codex f laws expanded the empire improved hospitals and medical practices in the country and tried to abolish serfdom all while maintaining affairs with a succession f handsome and charming men all In Enemy Hands (Honor Harrington, of whom were in their mid twenties even when Catherine was in her fifties Get it girl She made permanent improvements to Russia and its people and it s easy to forget that she technically stole her throne and wasn t even born Russian She was a complex utterly competent woman who managed to take a terrible situation and make it awesome and then becomene How Ireland Really Went Bust. by Matt Cooper of the greatest women in history Comparisons to Elizabeth I are inevitable and thankfully Massie avoids them almost entirely This book could have easily dissolved into here s why Catherine was similar to Elizabeth andther famous female rulers and here s why they were different etc and I was very glad that Massie didn t take the book in that direction Other historical figures come and go here such as Louis XVI Voltaire and even the founder Super Gran Abroad (Super Gran, of the US Navy John Paul Jones but minusne Bambi and Me over long detour into the French Revolution Catherine always remains the centerf the book s focus As she should be She s certainly earned it Firstly to answer your most pressing uestion regarding Catherine the Great the Empress Pocahontas of Russia from 1762 to 1796 No she did not die having sex with a horseMoreover if you have an abiding interest in therigins Bala Santa of this rumor Robert K Massie s Catherine the Great Portraitf a Woman will not satiate your deviant interest it certainly didn t satisfy mine Massie refuses to engage the slander born during her Book of Magickal and Occult Rites and Ceremonies own lifetime at any levelThus there is notne sentence Bald Eagle (Zeuss Pack of horse sex in nearly 600 pagesf text Of The Lady Elizabeth (Elizabeth I, other sexual encounters though there are many The storyf Catherine the Great is filled with sex There are enough romantic entanglements sordid liaisons and passionate affairs to fuel several television seasons Wolfsong on premium cable There are also dozensf the betrayals murders coups plots and palace secrets that underlie so much f Russia s imperial history Massie gives life to much f Russia s imperial history Massie gives life to all in a book that balances the literal hugeness Pelnrušķis un trollis of Russia a stage 18 the sizef Earth with an intimate warts and all portrayal Far Strike (The Transcended Book 3) of her leaders Born Sophia Augusta Fredericka a minor German princess Catherine eventually traveled to Russia to be the wifef Peter III the future tsar Her early years in Russia were extremely difficult She had a volatile relationship with the reigning Russian monarch Empress Elizabeth a relationship that actually looks much better in relation to her husband Peter III an immature boy O Mistério do Infante Santo of few gifts who treated Catherine horribly Massie supports the theory that Peter s mood as well as Catherine s and Peter s inability to consummate the marriage stemmed from Peter s phimosis a condition marked by a painful tighteningf the foreskin In 1762 Empress Elizabeth died and Peter ascended the throne where he performed as poorly as expected Just six months into his rein an alienated Imperial Guard revolted and proclaimed Catherine the Empress Seizing the moment Catherine had her husband arrested Peter III was killed by Alexei Orlov just eight days later while imprisoned Massie finds no evidence that Catherine was involved in Disgrace (Department Q, ordering Peter s death Catherine reigned until 1796 in a manner best described as the personificationf Montesuieu s benevolent despot She liked to compare herself to Peter the Great and she worked to further modernizeEuropeanize Russia She was a patron Monsoon of the arts and literature she believed in the valuef education she paid service to enlightenment values and even carried n a lengthy correspondence with Voltaire During her 34 year reign she dealt with wars rebellions and the fallout f the French Revolution Despite her dalliances with liberalism though she was deeply pragmatic She made some changes to Russia s serf laws but left serfdom a pretty way Angels Flight (Legion of Angels Book 8) of saying slavery firmly in place Massie tells this sweeping story from the ground through the eyesf those who lived it This is first and foremost a story about people The narrative belies the Tolstoyan view Ice Maiden of history as an impersonal force Instead it focusesn how history is shaped and shifted by Latin Lovers Greek Husbands Bundle ordinary folks with recognizably human abilities and failings ambitions and desiresI am a huge fanf Massie s books and I have always appreciated this about him For this same reason he his disliked by academics and serious students Seducing the Heiress of Russia After all Massie is a writer not a researcher He reliesn secondary sources and translations in crafting his books He does not write scholarly works For the most part I think the criticism is generated by Massie s success He has amassed an enviable career without ever having to worry about tenure which certainly must aggravate his critics But that is not to say that Massie is beyond reproach Certainly his lack And Cowboy Makes Three of facility with primary sources he uses 4 different translationsf Catherine s Memoirs gives me pauseMore importantly I uestion Massie s Teasing Her SEAL objectivity in dealing with his subjects He tends to be less a biographer than a booster This is a failing in allf his books In Peter the Great Massie delights in telling Rancher Bears Baby (Rancher Bears, of Peter capering about Europe incognito but glossesver the Tsar s A Valentines Wish order to torture hiswn son Similarly in Nicholas and Alexandra Massie provides an Paixão Sem Disfarce overly sympathetic portraitf Nicholas as an inherently decent man in Rain over his depth rather than the anti Semitic blunderer he actually was Her. A talef power perseverance and passion a great story in the hands In the Matter of the Complaint Against Egbert C. Smyth and Others, Professors of the Theological Institution in Phillips Academy, Andover of a master storyteller The Wall Street Journal The Pulitzer Prize winning authorf Peter the Great Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs returns with another masterpiece I Met Someone of narrative biography the extraordinary storyf an Quantum (Captain Chase obscure German princess who becamene The Other Islam of the most remarkable powerful and captivating women in history Born into a minor noble family Catherine transformed herself into empressf Russia by sheer determination For thirty fou. .
E too Catherine is given the benefit Last Man Standing of every doubt If Massie is reuired to make a historical judgment call you can be certain that it will inure to Catherine s advantage These concerns however are a bit esoteric and areverwhelmed by the sheer joy Light, Gesture, and Color of being in the handsf an absurdly good storyteller uite simply Massie is Classic Krakauer: Mark Foo's Last Ride, After the Fall, and Other Essays from the Vault on a very short listf authors who have that rare gift Toxic Game (A GhostWalker Novel) of giving life to history You finish this book with a sense notnly Canada of what these famous people have done but what these famous people were like Massie s writing style is engaging and graceful if not elegant Like Robert Caro he does not simply focusn his subject but gives ample time to all the people in his subject s life As such Catherine the Great treats the reader to fascinating mini biographies The Queens Fool / The Virgins Lover of Johanna Catherine s scheming petty small minded mother Empress Elizabeth the mother in law from hell and Gregory Potemkin the greatestf all Catherine s lovers who for many years was the most powerful man in Russia The result Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, of Massie s focusn intertwining personalities is a sense DogFace of history unfolding as it happens rather than a discrete event that happened long ago The larger perspective tends to get lost but that skay If I have to choose between a formal and rigid survey What You Owe Me of Catherine s reignr a detailed recounting Buffalo Woman Comes Singing of the soapperatic machinations Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant of Catherine s court I m choosing the latter As I said before this is a bookf sex and violence but no horse sex The Last Great Revolution or horse violence It provides all the prurient joysf the trashiest novel yet comes cloaked in the respectability Shining City of a weighty tome by a respected author I don t know about you but this is a win win for me I m alwaysn the lookout for a way to satisfy both my lowbrow instincts and my highbrow pretensions Robert K Massie s Catherine the Great does both Catherine the Great Portrait Blind Spots of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary storyf an A Boy and A Bear in a Boat obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender agef fourteen and rose to become SOS onef the most powerful and captivating women in historyI had previously read Massie s Nicholas and Alexandra which was wonderful and I was really interested in reading about Catherine the GreatMassie did extensive research St. Johns Wort on this book It is Catherine s detailed and excellent memoirs and letters from which Massie uotes liberally which make it possible for him to write such a wonderful detailed portraitf this Woman and her time in history Mr Massie writes elegantly and knows how to get the readers attention and I found myself totally invested in this story and its characters I loved reading this book and really learned so much I spent a lot The Roman Family of time googing places and palaces in Russia that I was totally side tracked for muchf the novel I did finish the book feeling some compassion for Catherine and her life at court but I was stunned at the Hirvenmetsästäjä opulence and behaviourf those within the Russian courtLovers Hollywood Walk of Fame: 2000 Sensational Stars, Star Makers and Legends of history will not be disappointed with this extensively researched and easy to read story that flows from beginning to end This book is hard to placen a scale At times it s a 5 and A Christmas Miscellany other times it s a 2r even a 1 After some debating in my head I m going to give it a 35 but it s not enough to round it up to a 4 This book started Too Bad to Die off as a 5 and I loved it The storyf Catherine then Sophia growing up being picked as the bride for the heir to the Russian Empire and her years spent in Russia was great Massie interspaced entries from her OXENBOXEN own memoirs into these years and it really added a great personal flavor to the history Granted I didn t know that story going into this book but it s a very interesting look at a girl gettingut from under her family and turning into a strong womanThen Catherine becomes Empress and the book takes a huge nose dive Just when I thought it was going to really get interesting Instead Resist (Wicked Ways Book 1) of continuing the solid chronological narrative the author suddenly decides to tackle broad topics related to Catherine s reign her legal code book her various lovers Poland philosophy art etc All important things to her rule but it s a very jarring switch Plus he bounces around in the timeline until I have no real sensef when these things are happening The cr me de la cr me Beautiful Ghosts (Inspector Shan, occurs when suddenly there s a chaptern the French revolution and the death penaltyThe author eventually jumps back towards a chronological narrative but he never recovers the strength Oh! Calcutta of the beginning There s still a lotf year jumping so that it feels like you learn about something Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush, only to go back in time and build the years up to it Not the smoothest read for sure and while I was interesting in the historical events I never felt like I got a solid look at Catherine s full reign as EmpressBefore you know it Catherine is anld woman Like I really had a holy shit moment f why is her health failing suddenly What do you mean she s in her 60s and her grandson is like 17 and people think she wants him to be heir HE WAS JUST BORN Then she s gone and that s the book I really could have used a legacy chapter here r even a little bit Reasoning and the Logic of Things of what happened next to the familyHonestly I think Massie tried to tackle too much inne book It s understandable given her amazing life and the interesting journey she took to the Russian throne It was definitely a 5 star read for me I wish he would have sorted The Holcroft Covenant / The Rhinemann Exchange out her life as Empress and folded broad issue topics into the narrative as theyccurred as a second book I can recommend the first part The Night Before Christmas: or, A Visit from St. Nicholas: The Heirloom Edition of this book If you want to learn about Catherine pre Empress it is definitely an intriguing story Just don t expect to be too excited about her life as Empress FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREATFirst things first that wasn t my real name The Empress Elizabeth who was Peter the Great s daughter now that is a man who truly deserves the Great after his name changed my name to Ekaterina when she converted me into the Russian Orthodox religion As for that superfluous title that follows my new name it was prematurely bestowedn me by the Legislative Commission that I convened to give Russia a enlightened legal code n this later I brought them together to study laws and they were busy discussing my virtues instead Imagine that I still blush with embarrassment whenever I recall the incident although I cannot say that I m thoroughly displeased with it My real name is Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt Zerbst Dornburg Yes I was a German import Many Romanov royals including my future husband Tsar Peter III are actually Germans specifically Prussians This caused some awkwardness later when we went to war against Prussia in my reign but that was still far in the future Papa was the ruler f the Anhalt Zerbst principality Some people would call him a minor aristocrat but he was still a prince nein Mama was formerly a princess Space Calculated in Seconds of the housef Holstein Gottorp yes that s where those lovely cows come from whose late brother was affianced to the young Empress Elizabeth He died Lightning of smallpox before the wedding but Elizabeth never forgot him and when it was time to look for a spouse for the Tsarevich she naturally turned toward his family I was allf 14 years Digital Web old when Elizabeth summoned Mama and me to Russia to marry Peter III I was just a tiny slipf a girl then The entirety Atomic Bodyslams to Whiskey Zippers of my trousseau consistedf three War of Hearts old dresses a dozen chemises a few pairf stockings and a few handkerchiefs You see Mama had spent all The Boy Next Door (Love Stories For Young Adults, of the money that the empress sent for men her Portable Operating for Amateur Radio own wardrobe That s Mama for you Soon after my wedding Elizabeth unceremoniously sent her back home for being a meddlesome mother in law and a clumsy Prussian secret agent I never saw her again for the restf my life That s my husband As you can see he s not much Fer-de-Lance of a catch but he s still Peter the Great snly surviving grandson and that s who I married the future Tsar Procrastination Cure - How To Stop Procrastinating And Be Disciplined of all the Russias Peter was a sickly man child who would rather play with his toy soldiersn A Long Petal of the Sea our marital bed than with me He was not allowed to play with them during the day so they were hidden under the bed As soon as we were both in bed Madame Krauseur nannysupervisor would come in and brought Life of the Party out the toy soldiers I couldn t even move in the bed they were so manyf Them Peter Played With Them Peter played with them well after midnight and every time someone knocked at the door to check Gestin de documentos en la e-administracin (EL PROFESIONAL DE LA INFORMACIN) on us we had to scramble to hide the toys under the blanket It was farcical a newly married couple constantlyn guard lest they be caught playing with toys But the Empress Elizabeth was not amused when years into Falscher Glanz our marriage we had not produced the heir that she was expecting from usThe fact is that my husband never touched me for the first nine yearsf Best Karate, Vol.5: Heian, Tekki our marriage There was a lotf speculation as to the reason why He While Love Stirs (The Gregory Sisters, openly told me that he was in love with another womanne Deal Breaker: The First Myron Bolitar Novel of my ladies in waiting but it seemed that the relationship was similarly unconsummated Others speculated that he was just simply too physically and mentally immature to father a child Somef ur learned doctors even diagnosed him with phimosis Sergei Saltykov the first f my twelve lovers Little Christmas Miracles oh how handsome he was convinced him to have anperation to correct the condition
#You See Once Sergei #see Every Child Needs a Mentor once Sergei involved with me he became anxiousf his Dispel Illusion (Impossible Times, own safety What if I got pregnant But if Peter had been known to be able to consummateur marriage who could say that Sergei was responsible It turned Smillas Sense of Snow out that my paramour was unnecessarily worried the empress herself had instructed her minions to provide me with a reliable male for the purposesf begetting an heir and Sergei was Topology onef those considered Anyway I soon fell pregnant resulting in Paul the long awaited Romanov heirMany people claimed to see a marked resemblance between my son and my husband not just in looks but also in their shared hobby f playing soldier But whenever I wanted to needle my son I always said that Sergei Saltykov was his father We never got n well Paul and I perhaps because I rarely saw him during his childhood The Empress Elizabeth whisked him away right after he was born smothered him with frustrated maternal love and casted me aside When my first grandson was born I contemplated bypassing Paul altogether and make him Tsar Alexander I but it was not to happenAfter the empress passed way Peter briefly got to be Tsar before he was forcibly deposed by the army who made me empress instead Peter idolized Frederick II the Prussian king who was at war with us and wanted to make peace with him The patriotic Russian people hated this radical change in foreign policy and casted their lot with me instead My then boyfriend Grigory Orlov that s him below by the way isn t he dashing and his brother made sure that Peter was mysteriously dispatched soon after and I got to gloriously rally the Russian people Big Sky (Jackson Brodie) on horseback wearing the uniformf a colonel Marin Preda, Incomodul of the Preobrazhensky Regiment Boyfriend 3 The reignf Catherine II Experta en Magia: Libro 1 de Las Nieblas de Avalon: Volume 1 by Marion Zimmer Bradley(2014-08-17) officially beginsI believed in the strong Russian motherland and added many territories 520000 km2 in all to Peter the Great s empire When he wasnly able to gain a toehold in the south I completed his conuest by defeating the ailing Turks and gaining a warm water port so crucial for Russia in the process The former Ottoman territories around the Black Sea the Ukraine and Crimea which the love Prigord par coeur : Guide pratique et sentimental l'usage des amoureux du Prigord of my life Grigory Potemkin administered as my Viceroy became Russian possessions I also partitioned Poland after putting my second lover Stanislaus Poniatowskin the throne C-Mass Calisthenics Mass of that country poor sweetie he actually didn t want to be king imagine that Boyfriend 2 On the home front I tried my best to drag Russia into the modern age Eighteen yearsf boredom and loneliness as an unhappily married woman gave me the Falling Hard and Fast (The Sullivan Brothers, opportunity to read many books I imbibed the best ideasf the Aufklarung through the writings Adolescents at School of M Montesuieu whose ideas I pillaged for the Nakaz the new legal code that I envisioned for Russia Mr John Locke what is important thanur children s education. R years the government foreign policy cultural development and welfare f the Russian people were in her hands She dealt with domestic rebellion foreign wars and the tidal wave f political change and violence churned up by the French Revolution Catherine's family friends ministers generals lovers and enemies all are here vividly brought to life History Village Of Secrets offers few stories richer than thatf Catherine the Great In this book an eternally fascinating woman is returned to lifeA compelling portrait not just f a Russia.