Life of Catherine the Great

by E. A. B. Hodgetts

This thoughtful biography of Catherine the Great of Russia traces the adventures this fascinating woman from her childhood in Germany to her 32 year reign as ruler of the Russian Empire. Catherine arrived at the court of Russia as a fifteen year old girl, selected as a wife of the heir to the throne of Russia because of her intelligence and good judgment. He husband, who reigned shortly as Peter III, was disliked by the court and army so he was deposed after a reign of only six months, and Catherine assumed the throne. Her reign was one of the most glorious in Russian history and she presided over a vast expansion of Russian territory and influence.


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