Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman

23 hours, 52 minutes Pulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and became one of the most powerful women in history. Born into minor German nobility, she transformed herself into an empress by sheer determination. Possessing a brilliant, curious mind, she devoured the works of Enlightenment philosophers, and reaching the throne, tri 23 hours, 52 minutes Pulitzer Prize winner Massie offers the tale of a princess who went to Russia at 14 and becam...

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Title:Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman
Author:Robert K. Massie
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Genres:History
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Number of Pages:625 pages pages

Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman Reviews

  • Madeline
    Sep 11, 2012

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

  • Laura
    Nov 11, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Feb 01, 2012

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

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    I was surprised how interesting I found this book to be. I had no particular interest in Catherine the Great and the only reason I read it was to reinforce my knowledge of history in preparation for a trip to Europe to trace the route of my wife?s ancestors' migrations. Their movemen...

    ?She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth.? Sophia Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst was born into a minor German noble family on 21 April 1729. Sophia was brought to Russia as a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy, renamed Catherine, and...

  • Mike
    Sep 20, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

  • Chrissie
    Feb 27, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

  • Clif Hostetler
    Jul 16, 2013

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

    ?????? ????? ?????? ???? ?????? ????? ???? ??????, ????? ???????? ????? ?????? ?????????? ???? ????? ??????, ?????? ???????? ???? ?????? ???????? ?????????...

    I was surprised how interesting I found this book to be. I had no particular interest in Catherine the Great and the only reason I read it was to reinforce my knowledge of history in preparation for a trip to Europe to trace the route of my wife?s ancestors' migrations. Their movemen...

  • Laura
    Sep 01, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

  • Carol
    Mar 27, 2013

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

  • Matt
    Jan 11, 2012

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

  • Grace Tjan
    Nov 18, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

  • Nyamka Ganni
    Jul 12, 2015

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

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    I was surprised how interesting I found this book to be. I had no particular interest in Catherine the Great and the only reason I read it was to reinforce my knowledge of history in preparation for a trip to Europe to trace the route of my wife?s ancestors' migrations. Their movemen...

    ?She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth.? Sophia Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst was born into a minor German noble family on 21 April 1729. Sophia was brought to Russia as a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy, renamed Catherine, and...

    She was born Sophia Anhalt-Zerbst, a German. The Empress Elizabeth of Russia selected her at age 14 by to marry her nephew, Peter, the heir to the throne. Highly intelligent, raven-haired, beautiful, engaging, and outgoing, she first delighted the Russian court by learning the language...

    3.5 I want to give this four stars, but I can't. Not even rounding up can I. That being said, it's not a bad book at all. I knew next to nothing about Catherine the Great besides that she overthrew her husband and had him assassinated, then also had a ton of lovers. That's it. I ...

    Massie has consistently produced interesting narrative history for some forty years; from naval warfare in Dreadnought and Castles of Steel (my personal favorites) to Nicholas and Alexandra. This book describes the two periods in Catherine the Great's life. The first, before she too...

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  • Tatiana
    Sep 06, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

  • Jane
    Jan 28, 2012

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

  • Dem
    Jun 18, 2013

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

  • Saikhnaa Ch
    Nov 02, 2016

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

    ?????? ????? ?????? ???? ?????? ????? ???? ??????, ????? ???????? ????? ?????? ?????????? ???? ????? ??????, ?????? ???????? ???? ?????? ???????? ?????????...

  • Sam
    Feb 24, 2017

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

  • Yelda Basar Moers
    Aug 19, 2017

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

  • Rebecca Huston
    Feb 26, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

  • Hadrian
    Nov 10, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

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    I was surprised how interesting I found this book to be. I had no particular interest in Catherine the Great and the only reason I read it was to reinforce my knowledge of history in preparation for a trip to Europe to trace the route of my wife?s ancestors' migrations. Their movemen...

    ?She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth.? Sophia Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst was born into a minor German noble family on 21 April 1729. Sophia was brought to Russia as a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy, renamed Catherine, and...

    She was born Sophia Anhalt-Zerbst, a German. The Empress Elizabeth of Russia selected her at age 14 by to marry her nephew, Peter, the heir to the throne. Highly intelligent, raven-haired, beautiful, engaging, and outgoing, she first delighted the Russian court by learning the language...

    3.5 I want to give this four stars, but I can't. Not even rounding up can I. That being said, it's not a bad book at all. I knew next to nothing about Catherine the Great besides that she overthrew her husband and had him assassinated, then also had a ton of lovers. That's it. I ...

    Massie has consistently produced interesting narrative history for some forty years; from naval warfare in Dreadnought and Castles of Steel (my personal favorites) to Nicholas and Alexandra. This book describes the two periods in Catherine the Great's life. The first, before she too...

  • Matt
    Apr 05, 2017

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

  • Bou
    Jul 04, 2017

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

  • Elizabeth May
    Jul 11, 2017

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

  • Athens
    Dec 03, 2011

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

  • happy
    Jan 25, 2013

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

  • Rex Fuller
    Dec 21, 2014

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

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    I was surprised how interesting I found this book to be. I had no particular interest in Catherine the Great and the only reason I read it was to reinforce my knowledge of history in preparation for a trip to Europe to trace the route of my wife?s ancestors' migrations. Their movemen...

    ?She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth.? Sophia Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst was born into a minor German noble family on 21 April 1729. Sophia was brought to Russia as a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy, renamed Catherine, and...

    She was born Sophia Anhalt-Zerbst, a German. The Empress Elizabeth of Russia selected her at age 14 by to marry her nephew, Peter, the heir to the throne. Highly intelligent, raven-haired, beautiful, engaging, and outgoing, she first delighted the Russian court by learning the language...

  • Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    Oct 27, 2014

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

    Sophia, daughter of humble Prince Augustus of Anhalt-Zerbst, Prussia, spends an lonely childhood, unloved by a scheming mother, recommended by Frederick the Great and subsequently summoned to Russia by Empress Elizabeth, married to the heir Peter III (also a German) who would not consu...

    I wish Robert Massie had written this book before my trip to Russia in 2008. One thing I was looking forward to seeing on that trip was Catherine?s Palace and The Amber Room. Of course, I also visited The Hermitage and between these settings, I did get to see some the incredible art ...

    I raved about Robert Massie's biography on last Russian tsar and tsarina, Nicholas and Alexandra, and it was one of my favourite reads last year. In it, Massie briefly mentioned that Peter the Great had abolished the law of primogeniture, which required succession of the throne to be m...

    I just finished this biography of Catherine the Great and I have to say it was riveting-- a real page turner. I didn't want it to end-- even after 570 pages of it!!! The author won a Pulitzer Prize for his biography of Peter the Great (the famed European style reformer who made Russia ...

    Where I got the book: ARC from LibraryThing Early Reviewer Program A good biography needs to be chunky, informative and as exciting as a novel. Massie does well on all three counts. Catherine The Great is a lively account of both Catherine's life and the slice of European and Russia...

    Mr Massie has again brought one of the members of the ruling dynasty of Russia to life. He draws a complex picture of the woman who became known as Catherine the Great. She however resisted using the term Great and preferred to referred to as Catherine II. Massie starts his narrativ...

    Massie's research into the life of Catherine II is extensive (for example, he used three different translations of her Memoirs) and wide-ranging and the writing style is engaging enough to almost make one forget this is a nearly 600 page book (it's the weight that gives it away). Wh...

    ?????? ????? ?????? ???? ?????? ????? ???? ??????, ????? ???????? ????? ?????? ?????????? ???? ????? ??????, ?????? ???????? ???? ?????? ???????? ?????????...

    I was surprised how interesting I found this book to be. I had no particular interest in Catherine the Great and the only reason I read it was to reinforce my knowledge of history in preparation for a trip to Europe to trace the route of my wife?s ancestors' migrations. Their movemen...

    ?She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth.? Sophia Augusta Fredericka of Anhalt-Zerbst was born into a minor German noble family on 21 April 1729. Sophia was brought to Russia as a teenager, converted to Orthodoxy, renamed Catherine, and...

    She was born Sophia Anhalt-Zerbst, a German. The Empress Elizabeth of Russia selected her at age 14 by to marry her nephew, Peter, the heir to the throne. Highly intelligent, raven-haired, beautiful, engaging, and outgoing, she first delighted the Russian court by learning the language...

    3.5 I want to give this four stars, but I can't. Not even rounding up can I. That being said, it's not a bad book at all. I knew next to nothing about Catherine the Great besides that she overthrew her husband and had him assassinated, then also had a ton of lovers. That's it. I ...

  • Jess
    Jul 11, 2017

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

  • Alice Poon
    Feb 15, 2014

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    Jul 24, 2014

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...

    Historical Fictionistas Group Read starting 1Feb15! Started reading this in February, got roughly 30 pages in and put it down... Found the audio through my library and I'm SO GLAD I did, otherwise I might never have finished this. Not because it's boring, but because the research is...

  • Kiwi Begs2Differ  ✎
    Jan 20, 2015

    FROM THE MEMOIRS OF CATHERINE THE GREAT First 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 ...

    Firstly, to answer your most pressing question regarding Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia from 1762 to 1796: No, she did not die having sex with a horse. Moreover, if you have an abiding interest in the origins of this rumor, Robert K. Massie?s Catherine the Great: Portr...

    Like probably every woman of note in history, open about and unashamed of 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 on the list of the results is the ever-pressing question -...

    My ongoing exploration of biographies has pushed into yet another realm; women of power. What better way to begin than with a woman who held much power in her time and about whom I know very little? Bring on Catherine the Great of Russia! Robert K. Massie does a sensational job of pull...

    Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K Massie is the extraordinary story of an obscure young German princess who travelled to Russia at the tender age of fourteen and rose to become one of the most powerful, and captivating women in history. I had previously read Mas...

    This one was clearly a win for me as a biography 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...

    I am impressed. Catherine the Great lived from 1729-1796. She was 14 when she first came to Russia, This book covers this entire time period meticulously. I understand how her childhood experiences came to shape her as an adult. I understand her need for love and why she came to have t...

    This book is hard to place on a scale. At times, it?s a 5 and other times it?s a 2 or even a 1. After some debating in my head I?m going to give it a 3.5, but it?s not enough to round it up to a 4. This book started off as a 5 and I loved it. The story of Catherine (then So...

    Whew. What a densely loaded book about a fascinating woman. If you have an interest in Catherine the Great, this is most definitely a biography to add to your repertoire. When the audiobook has 19 "chapters" which are just over an hour in length... you know you are getting your book's ...

    "She sat on the throne of Peter the Great and ruled an empire, the largest on earth. Her signature, inscribed on a decree, was law and, if she chose, could mean life or death for any one of her twenty million subjects. She was intelligent, well-read, and a shrewd judge of character. Du...

    This engaging and well-researched historical tome about one of Russia?s greatest rulers merits 4 full stars. Apart from painting a memorable and respectable portrait of the dramatic life of Catherine the Great, the book also accounts succinctly for the labyrinth of European/Eurasia...

    Maybe this book is very excellent at what it wanted to be, but I wanted it to be something different. I wanted a history book. 1) In trying to be accessible, the prose comes off as simplistic at times. 2) A quibble is the repetition of statements from only a few chapters prior. ...

    his the biography of Catherine the Great written by Robert K. Massie. In reality, her birthday?s name was Sophie Friederike Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst-Dornburg. Her father, Christian August, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was a German prince of the House of Ascania. He was a ruler of t...

    Robert K. Massie does a convincing effort to tell us Catherine the great, or the tale of how a small German princess became one of the greatest monarch during the Enlightenment era. Born to a low noble German family, Catherine's life got turned upside down when she was betrothed to ...

    This is a beautiful and very readable biography of one of the most fascinating and influential women in history. The author did not limit his book to Catherine?s story nor to her family and the Russian imperial line but included many important figures from the Russian political world...