Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night

A Novel of Catherine the Great

eBook - 2013
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The follow-up to the #1 bestseller The Winter PalaceCatherine the Great, the Romanov monarch reflects on her astonishing ascension to the throne, her leadership over the world's greatest power, and the lives sacrificed to make her the most feared woman in the world--lives including her own... Catherine the Great muses on her life, her relentless battle between love and power, the country she brought into the glorious new century, and the bodies left in her wake. By the end of her life, she had accomplished more than virtually any other woman in history. She built and grew the Romanov empire, amassed a vast fortune of art and land, and controlled an unruly and conniving court. Now, in a voice both indelible and intimate, she reflects on the decisions that gained her the world and brought her enemies to their knees. And before her last breath, shadowed by the bloody French Revolution, she sets up the end game for her last political maneuver, ensuring her successor and the greater glory of Russia.
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9780385679497
0385679491
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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ChristchurchLib Feb 17, 2015

In this sequel to The Winter Palace, Catherine the Great looks back over her eventful life. No longer Princess Sophie of Anhalt-Zerbst, Catherine has taken the necessary steps to ensure that she's not encumbered by her hostile mother-in-law or her diffident husband when she claims the throne in a coup d'etat in 1762. Her reign, marked by territorial expansion, educational reform, and the introduction of Western European culture as well as war, political intrigue, and a succession of love affairs, lasts until her death and changes the course of Russian history. Historical Fiction February 2015 newsletter.

Story starts when Catherine has a stroke in her latrine and plot skip through the morass of her life history in a confused string of memories, each vignette poorly connected to the previous. Her first book was more focused, seen through the eyes of one observant character. This story does not attribute any self reflection to Catherine, just puddle jumping from memory to memory. I had to skip through pages as well, it all got so tedious. She dies in the end.

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